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Boz Scaggs – Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist!

Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs – Solo and Steve Miller Band – June 8, 1944

Today Boz Scaggs celebrates his 71st birthday and for more than 45 of those years his music has been part of my music library!! I first listened to  Boz, when he was a member of his prep-school and college friend, Steve Miller’s Band, on Steve’s second album Sailor!  Boz contributed several songs and some lead vocals on that album.Back in March of this year, Boz released a new album A Fool to Care. Last week the album was number 20 on the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart I haven’t had a chance to listen to the full album yet, since only the title track had been released on Spotify. Actually, I just checked and the whole album was released on June 2nd!! So I will try to listen to the album on the way home tonight.

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This Day in Music – (June 8, 1944) – Boz Scaggs was born – “Happy 70th, Boz” (video)

Boz Scaggs
Today Boz Scaggs celebrates his 70th birthday and for more than 45 of those years his music has been part of my music library!! I first met Boz, when he was a member of his prep-school and college friend, Steve Miller's Band, on Steve's second album Sailor! Boz contributed several songs and some lead vocals on that album. Boz was born William Royce Scaggs on June 8, 1944. From Wikipedia: Boz was... born in Canton, Ohio,[1] the son of a traveling salesman. The family moved to McAlester, Oklahoma, then to Plano, Texas(at that time a farm town), just north of Dallas. He attended a Dallas private school, St. Mark's School of Texas, where schoolmate Mal Buckner gave him the nickname "Bosley," later shortened to "Boz.

Morning Musical Roots – Boz Scaggs and Steve Goodman!

Ok, so this morning I get two say something about two of my favorite musicians, the first is Boz Scaggs and the second Steve Goodman. First, today in 1967, Boz officially joined the Steve Miller Band as a guitarist. He stayed with the band until 1968 and then struck out on his own.  His first self-titled album was released in 1969 and is a favorite of mine. It was followed by three other really great albums Moments (1971), Boz Scaggs & Band (1971) and My Time (1972). The highest any of those albums rose of the charts was Moments, which made it all the way to number 124. Then, in 1974 came Slow Dancer, rising to number 1974 followed by Silk Degrees in 1976 which rose to number 2 on the album charts and as they say the rest is history!  But the first four albums have always remained my favorites and they are the only ones in my collection with the exception of  1997’s Come On Home, which I didn’t care for that much! But let’s go back to 1971 and a track from Boz’s first solo album and “I’ll Be Long Gone” for our morning music!!

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Lunchtime Music with Boz Scaggs – Runnin’ Blue

So in the early 70s I was a fan of The Steve Miller Band through about the first five albums. Which was just before he made it big with “The Joker” and “Fly Like An Eagle” anyway one of my favorite members of that band left after like the first or second album for a solo career and that would be Boz Scaggs. Like Miller, I followed Scaggs ‘ career through his first four solo albums, uh, and that puts it just before Silk Degrees  and while I enjoyed all those later songs, the albums are not in my collection! Boz’ self titled  first solo album is one of my all time favorites with “Loan Me a Dime” being high on my last of all time favorite songs! But there’s songs from each of the other albums like “We Were Always Sweethearts” and “Dinah Flo’ that I’ve enjoyed through the years. Another of those songs is “Runnin’ Blue” from the album  Boz Scaggs and Band. And here’s a dynamite recent performance of the song… love that Hammond B3. the horns and Boz’ guitar work ain’t too shabby either!!

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