On January 26th, Peter Frampton will receive the coveted Les Paul Innovation Award in Anaheim, California at the 34th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards. During a chat with Yahoo, he recalled the disastrous move to rush-release his 1977 album I’m In You into the stores, while his chart-topping blockbuster Frampton Comes Alive double album was still breaking sales records after spending a whopping 42 weeks in the Top 10.
Frampton feels that the speed to write, record, and release I’m In You left him over-saturated. He recalled the predicament he faced at the time: “I think that there would have been a lot to be said for not releasing the follow-up album. That’s my main thing that I always say. We didn’t need to release I’m In You for a good three, four years. Everybody rushed me. I was young, 25 or 26, and I was indebted to everyone, I thought, around me who knew best, because they had handled big artists before. But to be honest, I was the only person that knew, because no one had been where I was. It was the biggest-selling album of all time when it came out. I was the biggest act in the world, and the old rules kind of go out the window there. You’re only as good as your last record, so don’t release one until it’s good — and that adage wasn’t followed. And I think the combination of the (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) movie and that was the reason for the downfall, definitely.”
Frampton struggled back from that time but points to David Bowie as the one that through him a lifeline. Frampton credits Bowie for reminding the world of the musical talent that led to his fame in the first place, explaining, “He knew what had happened. He saw me, the musician, because he knew me, Peter, the guitar player. He didn’t know Peter the teeny-bopper star. So when he saw all that happening to me, and there was a major downswing in my career, I think that’s when he realized that ‘people need to know the truth about Peter.’ He could have chosen anybody (to play guitar for him), but he called me. He took me around the world in stadiums and reintroduced me as the guitar player. You can’t thank someone enough for that, especially David. It was definitely a turning point for me.”
Today would have been David Bowie’s 71st Birthday… So let’s celebrate with some Bowie and Frampton from the Glass Spider tour!