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This is Frampton's biggest hit. It took off when he included the song on his 1976 album Frampton Comes Alive, which in the US was the best-selling album of 1976. The studio version was released as a single in 1975, but went nowhere. The live version is the hit.
On the intro to the live version, Frampton used a talkbox, a device hooked up to his guitar that allowed him to create amplified, distorted vocal sounds with his mouth. A talkbox is made with tubing connected to a compression driver (meant to be part of a P.A. system), with the other end going into the performer's mouth. The unit is then hooked up to the guitar amp.
The talkbox effect was a huge hit. Many musicians responded by buying one or trying to make their own. More than a few young people lost some cavities when they created faulty talkboxes and sent electric current into their mouths.
Frampton's songs "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do" also became huge hits from his live album. These songs still get lots of airplay.
This was one of the first songs U2 performed as a group. They played it at their high school talent show using the band name Feedback.
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Julie was a secretary at HBO when she thawed out her childhood piano (literally) and wrote the hit that changed her life.
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When Dave recorded the first version of the song with his group the Blasters, producer Nick Lowe gave him some life-changing advice.
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Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James
, and Running On Empty
. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."