By: Ray Hidalgo
Since he started teaching himself guitar at the age of 7, Peter Frampton has emerged as a prominent figure in the rock arena as a soloist. Today, he celebrates his 63rd birthday, and within the past several decades, he’s accomplished plenty.
While he’s renowned for his unique ‘talking’ guitar and songs like, “Baby I Love Your Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do,” there’s more to the British rocker than the staple hits that are always heard on the radio.
Although he scored spots in popular British bands like The Herd and Humble Pie in the 1960s, Frampton ultimately decided to go the solo route. His decision led to studio gigs with George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and longtime childhood friend, David Bowie. However, after a years of jamming and touring, the star’s popularity was mediocre.
His response? 1976’s Frampton Comes Alive!; a collection of live rock tracks which sold more than 16 million copies worldwide, making it the highest-selling live album ever until 1998.
Frampton has remained relevant through the decades, having his music and likeness used in such popular animated sitcoms as Family Guy and The Simpsons and has released 3 studio albums since 2000.
Unfortunately, Frampton recently divorced his wife of 15 years, Tina Elfers in 2011. However, their child, Mia Rose is now an actress, most recently taking on a supporting role in the hit 2011 comedy Bridesmaids.
Remaining amicable, Frampton still gives Elfers credit for helping his career:
"I have to give [Elfers] a tip of my hat for the fact that she said to me when I was thinking of doing an instrumental record: 'Wouldn’t it be funny if you get your first Grammy for that?' That’s how big of a fan of my guitar playing she is,” Frampton told Parade Magazine in 2011. “And I said, 'Yeah sure, right.' Well, she was right!"
It’s not that much of a surprise, Peter! Happy Birthday, and we can’t wait for you to land the next Grammy!