boz scaggs

  • Lowdown
  • Boz Scaggs
  • Silk Degrees

80’S TUESDAY: Lowdown by Boz Scaggs - Every so often in my celebration of all things 80’s, I am not so hung up on dates.  So there are a few 70’s songs that will creep in, but that is because they had such an impact back in my youth.  One of those tunes is the R&B / disco hit Lowdown from 1976, a surprise hit for Boz Scaggs that went on to top the charts and win a Grammy for best R&B song.

I did not know any of that though before today.  All I remember was hearing this song in the car yesterday and seeing a flood of memories coming back when that song was still playing on radio stations.  It has such a memorable rhythm that I instantly remembered it.  That is the power of music.  It is like a time machine that can you send you back in time at a moment’s notice and let you linger there for a while.

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Boz Scaggs - “Somebody Loan Me a Dime” from the album, Boz Scaggs, 1969.  

List of musicians from the album sessions:

Boz Scaggs – guitar, vocals
Tracy Nelson – background vocals
Jeanie Greene – background vocals
Duane Allman – guitar, dobro, slide guitar
Joe Arnold – tenor saxophone
Barry Beckett – keyboards
Ben Cauley – trumpet
Charles Chalmers – tenor saxophone
Joyce Dunn – background vocals
Roger Hawkins – drums
Eddie Hinton – guitar, slide guitar, dobro
Mary Holliday – background vocals
David Hood – bass
Jimmy Johnson – guitar
Al Lester – fiddle, violin
Gene Miller – trombone, trumpet
James Mitchell – baritone saxophone
Floyd Newman – baritone saxophone
Terry Manning – engineer
Irma Routen – background vocals

Donna Jean Godchaux née, Thatcher – background vocals  

  • Jojo
  • Boz Scaggs
  • Middle Man

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Boz Scaggs - “Jojo” from the album Middle Man

First song to play on the ipod today, and it felt like the perfect choice.  Great tune…of course, it doesn’t hurt to have the band Toto as your session musicians either.

“Ever so rarely that a man in a million is born”