1/1/18 – Humble Pie – Honky Tonk Women – Live LA Forum – 1973

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As we leave for LA tomorrow I thought I would cast my ears back to the glorious Californian Rock Star infested seventies and see who might have been lurking there. Look who I found! Humble Pie at The Forum in LA in 1973 with Stevie Marriott on vocals and guitar, Clem Clempson on guitar and vocals, Greg Ridley on bass and vocals and Jerry Shirley on drums. Sadly Marriott and Ridley are no longer with us but as you can hear from this clip, in losing Marriott we lost one of the greatest Rock & Roll singers the world has ever known.

After leaving Small Faces on New Year’s Eve 1968, Marriott formed Humble Pie with Peter Frampton and headed for America where they toured constantly. After four studio albums and one live album, Frampton was gone (you know what happened next). His replacement was Clem Clempson (ex Colosseum). They carried on and made four more albums before breaking up in 1975.

From there on the Steve Marriott story is a tragic tale of drug addiction and untimely death in a fire at his home. But when he was at his best, belting out with that unbelievable powerful voice, defying nature as it exploded out of his tiny frame or when he was part of one of the giants of the English sixties scene, creating Mod Psychedelia with Small Faces, Marriott was a force, a whirlwind, a volcano spewing out sparks and lava, rocks and debris, destroying all the other vocalists in his path. Apparently he was Keith Richards’ first choice after Mick Taylor left The Stones but he effortlessly upstaged Mick Jagger at the audition and Mick wouldn’t have it. Hear him sing Honky Tonk Women and you know that story is true.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Marriott

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humble_Pie

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Faces

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3 Responses to “1/1/18 – Humble Pie – Honky Tonk Women – Live LA Forum – 1973”

  1. Selwyn January 2, 2018 at 10:53 pm #

    Oh, Humble Pie was so good with Peter Frampton. And Frampton did some good stuff afterward. For a while. “Wind Of Change” was a very good record, and a couple more after that had brilliant bits. Then he was eaten by the industry. A very sad story, but I still love listening the best of it.

  2. Mr Wisdoms Whopper January 8, 2018 at 3:58 am #

    Very true words Marty. What a voice and what a sad end to such a talent.

  3. Lan-julie January 24, 2018 at 9:23 pm #

    Thank you for posting this amazing clip of Steve Marriott. A talent so enormous he himself could almost not contain it.
    Not that long ago, I went to a Robin Zander concert. He did a Steve Marriott song and at the end said Marriott was probably greatest rock singer ever.
    …….Imagine? Even Robin Zander is blown away.

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