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Boz Scaggs

After first finding acclaim as a member of the Steve Miller Band, singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs went on to enjoy considerable solo success in the 1970s. Born William Royce Scaggs in Ohio on June 8, 1944, he was raised in Oklahoma and Texas, and while attending prep school in Dallas met guitarist Steve Miller. Scaggs joined Miller's group the Marksmen as a vocalist in 1959, and the pair later attended the University of Wisconsin together, where they played in blues bands like the Ardells and the Fabulous Knight Trains.

Scaggs returned to Dallas alone in 1963, fronting an R&B unit dubbed the Wigs; after relocating to England, the group promptly disbanded, and two of its members -- John Andrews and Bob Arthur -- soon formed Mother Earth. Scaggs remained in Europe, singing on street corners. He also recorded a failed solo LP in Sweden, 1965's Boz, before returning to the U.S. two years later. Upon settling in San Francisco, he reunited with Miller, joining the fledgling Steve Miller Band; after recording two acclaimed albums with the group, Children of the Future and Sailor, Scaggs exited in 1968 to mount a solo career. With the aid of Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann Wenner, Scaggs next secured a contract with Atlantic. Sporting a cameo from Duane Allman, 1968's soulful Boz Scaggs failed to find an audience despite winning critical favor, and the track "Loan Me a Dime" later became the subject of a court battle when bluesman Fenton Robinson sued (successfully) for composer credit. After signing to Columbia, Scaggs teamed with producer Glyn Johns to record 1971's Moments, a skillful blend of rock and R&B which, like its predecessor, failed to make much of an impression on the charts.

Scaggs remained a critics' darling over the course of LPs like 1972's My Time and 1974's Slow Dancer, but he did not achieve a commercial breakthrough until 1976's Silk Degrees, which reached number two on the album charts while spawning the Top Three single "Lowdown," as well as the smash "Lido Shuffle." Released in 1977, Down Two Then Left was also a success, and 1980's Middle Man reached the Top Ten on the strength of the singles "Breakdown Dead Ahead" and "Jo Jo."

However, Scaggs spent much of the '80s in retirement, owning and operating the San Francisco nightclub Slim's and limiting his performances primarily to the club's annual black-tie New Year's Eve concerts. Finally, he resurfaced in 1988 with the album Other Roads, followed three years later by a tour with Donald Fagen's Rock and Soul Revue. The solo effort Some Change appeared in 1994, with Come on Home and My Time: The Anthology (1969-1997) both released in 1997. The newly energized Scaggs spent the next few years consistently releasing new material, including Here's the Low Down, Fade into Light, Dig, and a collection of standards called But Beautiful. An expanded reissue of Silk Degrees and Runnin' Blue (a recording of a 1974 performance) appeared in 2007, and Speak Low saw him reinterpreting a number of jazz standards in 2008.

Scaggs toured as a member of the Dukes of September in 2012; the group's other principals included Michael McDonald and Donald Fagen. Scaggs emerged from his recorded silence in March of 2013 with the Steve Jordan-produced Memphis, a collection of original and cover tunes. Recorded at Willie Mitchell's Royal Studio in the city, the album was meant to reflect the heritage of the Southern soul tradition in the 21st century. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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He is here for the Byron Bay blues fest.... Would love to see him
Damn! Can this man sing or what?!
What a great song. Boz was #1 when this hit America. One of the best albums of the 70's. One of the best ever.
Playing at the New Orleans Jazz Fest This Year!
He's such a delight one of best recording artist never tire of him he makes you feel so good and his music is sey and soul full.
Awesome song, excellent !
sjheimbuch
Boz would be the ultimate guest for Daryl Hall at his house Just imagine them singing We're all alone and Lowdown!!
Boz is the best in my book...every song...anyti m e !
johnmargie6
This song is the ultimate to make love to! Try it some time.
garammasala1 9 6 8
Great song! Forgot about it:(.
I want to hear more Boz's music. That is why I made a Boz Scaggs station. Why want Pandora play more from the artist we make stations??? ♥♥♥ Love Boz!!!
Wow! Remember those awkward slow couples skates with sweaty boys with braces. Sweet memories.
susan.giddin g s
ONE OF THE BEST....EVER ! ! !
Bearhead loves a GREAT book and Boz Scaggs!
I love Boz Scaggs his music helps me to relax....
Never sounded better...He' s still THE MAN.
Lowdown..... . . . . l o v e his voice....... . .
How sick are those riffs
learn how to pretend!! ;-) love me some Boz even at his age of what, nearly 70yrs? still sexy. when he does a live show his singing is even better. not like today's so called artist. their voices are dub with all kinds of computer crap. then you hear them live and you like; WTF, who is singing this crap. Boz voice is all his, whether it is recorded or live. all the older talents are great like that. if people had to buy the real voice versions of today's talents' no music would get bought.
cathyhaman54
one of my 1st concerts he came out bare foot dressed in sexy angel flights with complete orcastra very impresive sacto calif Boy long time ago memories made great artist hope they have spell check haha
Loan me a dime off early Boz Scaggs album is a can't miss.
'Boz Scaggs and Band' came out in 1969 previous to 'Boz Scaggs'. Not sure which label it was on. It was a big band/blues band kinda thing with loads of brass and loads of blues. Might be out of print but worth the search.
johnmargie6
Can't get any better. He's the get down to your soul!
kathi259
Boz- gotta love his soulful voice
yolandamann1 9 6 5
low down sexy thing you...
rnz2a
nothing but soul!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Music thats unmatched!!! ! !
Boz is just so extrememly talented. He can go from one genre to another.
I've loved everything Boz put out!
Boz is the Buzz - always loved his songs.
Didn't know he was a blue eyed soul singer. He got major play on Urban stations since I can remember unbelievable he had critical acclaim in the 70's. Thx to Pandora I'm a fan!
This comment will annoy some. But you look at the music scene in the seventies... E n g l a n d compared with America. The English scene more exciting, colorful. But also more pretentious and arguably derivative. Think of Clapton and Townshend claiming they introduced Black music to America. ?!? Then scrape the surface, Steely Dan, Boz, Doobie Brothers, Alvin Lee, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Waits, ..it goes on. Deeper take on the blues than Zeppelin, Cream, Stones, etc. Ok, bring on the brawl.
Could this bio be right? Almost no commercial success in the seventies. I remember hearing this song on the radio as a kid.
davidmary981
Bridges Burning with Delight3>
davidmary981
Oh .. Snap! My Jam!!!!!!❤
Memphis album delivers!
Love all Boz
Don't read this because it actually works.You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at-least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this at-least 5 songs in at-least 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Don't read this because it actually works.You will get k
Pandora is the bomb
Saw Boz in Nashville in May '13. If he comes to your area don't miss it best concert ever.
Love to see Boz live
new listener to Pandora and love it...this brings back so many memories
Saw him open for the Eagles in 1976... what a concert!
The most unique voice....... and talented big time.
always enjoyed going to the New Years Eve concert celebration, so much fun, so many memories...
yeah baby......
Dewey.
this report is not correct in that boz has always been hot. huge on the west coast, black tie at the paramount ballromm.... . . . . . . . . . . . .
LISTENING TO BOZ BRINGS BACK SUCH WONDERFUL MEMORIES.HE IS TRULY A GREAT ARTIST
thelandmangr o u p l l c
Breakdown Dead Ahead one of the best songs ever recorded!
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