Thursday, May 5, 2011
Frampton was replaced by David "Clem" Clempson, and the band continued it's proto-metal bash 'n' boogie style emphasising Marriott's blues and soul roots as well as his Tina Turner-on-crystal meth voice.The album Hot 'N' Nasty came next in 1972 with two singles, the title track and "Thirty Days In The Hole". This album went to #6, helped along by a relentless touring schedule. The band hired backing vocal group The Blackberries for live and studio support. The trio consisted of Venetta Fields, Clydie King, and Sherrie Matthews, former Ikettes and Raelettes. more albums followed, such as Eat It, Street Rats, and Thunderbox. In 1975 the band broke up, then re-formed in 1980 with Marriott, Shirley, Bobby Tench ,formerly of the Jeff Beck Group on guitar and vocals, and Anthony"Sooty" Jones on bass. This line-up recorded the album On To Victory, and the single "Fool For A Pretty Face" went to #52 on the Billboard Hot 100. Marriott began suffering from various health issues, yet continued to work on projects like his band Packet Of Three, and collaborations with Ridley and Frampton at various times. Drummer Jerry Shirley obtained the rights to the name "Humble Pie" in 1985 and put together a band billed as Jerry Shirley's Humble Pie...the less said about that,the better. Steve Marriott died on April 20,1991 in a house fire.He was 44. His lovely little band kicked ass.