Boz Scaggs
Born:
08 June 1944
Genres:
Pop/Rock, R&B, Blues
Releases:
57
Biography: 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." 1977's 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 1980s 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 consistantly 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.
Out Of The Blues
Out Of The Blues
Tracks: 9
Year: 2018
Out Of The Blues
Out Of The Blues
Tracks: 12
Year: 2018
Out Of The Blues
Out Of The Blues
Tracks: 9
Year: 2018
Out Of The Blues
Out Of The Blues
Tracks: 12
Year: 2018
A Fool To Care
A Fool To Care
Tracks: 12
Year: 2015
Memphis
Memphis
Tracks: 12
Year: 2013
Memphis
Memphis
Tracks: 12
Year: 2013
The Essential
The Essential
Tracks: 32
Year: 2013
Speak Low
Speak Low
Tracks: 12
Year: 2008
Speak Low
Speak Low
Tracks: 12
Year: 2008
Fade Into Light
Fade Into Light
Tracks: 12
Year: 2005
Greatest Hits Live
Greatest Hits Live
Tracks: 16
Year: 2004
But Beautiful
But Beautiful
Tracks: 10
Year: 2003
But Beautiful
But Beautiful
Tracks: 10
Year: 2003
Dig
Dig
Tracks: 11
Year: 2001
Dig
Dig
Tracks: 11
Year: 2001
Come on Home
Come on Home
Tracks: 14
Year: 1997
Come on Home
Come on Home
Tracks: 14
Year: 1997
Fade Into Light
Fade Into Light
Tracks: 12
Year: 1996
Some Change
Some Change
Tracks: 10
Year: 1994
Other Roads
Other Roads
Tracks: 11
Year: 1988
Other Roads
Other Roads
Tracks: 10
Year: 1988
Other Roads
Other Roads
Tracks: 10
Year: 1988
Hits!
Hits!
Tracks: 10
Year: 1980
Middle Man
Middle Man
Tracks: 9
Year: 1980
Down Two Then Left
Down Two Then Left
Tracks: 10
Year: 1977
Silk Degrees
Silk Degrees
Tracks: 10
Year: 1976
Silk Degrees
Silk Degrees
Tracks: 10
Year: 1976
Silk Degrees
Silk Degrees
Tracks: 13
Year: 1976
Slow Dancer
Slow Dancer
Tracks: 10
Year: 1974
My Time / Slow Dancer
My Time / Slow Dancer
Tracks: 20
Year: 1972
My Time
My Time
Tracks: 10
Year: 1972
Boz Scaggs & Band
Boz Scaggs & Band
Tracks: 9
Year: 1971
Moments
Moments
Tracks: 10
Year: 1971
Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs
Tracks: 9
Year: 1969
Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs
Tracks: 9
Year: 1969
Boz Scaggs (2013, Remaster)
Boz Scaggs (2013, Remaster)
Tracks: 9
Year: 1969
Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs
Tracks: 9
Year: 1969
Boz Scaggs (2013, Remaster)
Boz Scaggs (2013, Remaster)
Tracks: 9
Year: 1969
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