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God's Gift of Music: Singer Songwriter Boz Scaggs

I remember back in the early 1970's sitting in my High School Art class listening to Boz Scaggs on the Radio. His voice and music was sophisticated in so many ways. Today He continues to write and make excellent music. I hope you enjoy these videos and background on Boz Scaggs!

Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs - Little Miss Night And Day

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Boz Scaggs Biography

"After first finding acclaim as a member of the Steve Miller Band, singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs went on to enjoy considerable solo success in the 1970s. Born William Royce Scaggs in Ohio on June 8, 1944, he was raised in Oklahoma and Texas, and while attending prep school in Dallas met guitarist Steve Miller.

After joining Miller's group the Marksmen as a vocalist in 1959, the pair later attended the University of Wisconsin together, playing in blues bands like the Ardells and the Fabulous Knight Trains. In 1963 Scaggs returned to Dallas alone, fronting an R&B unit dubbed the Wigs; after relocating to England, the group promptly disbanded, and two of its members — John Andrews and Bob Arthur — soon formed Mother Earth. Scaggs remained in Europe, singing on street corners; in Sweden he recorded a failed solo LP, 1965's Boz, before returning to the U.S. two years later.

Upon settling in San Francisco, he reunited with Miller, joining the fledgling Steve Miller Band; after recording two acclaimed albums with the group, Children of the Future and Sailor, Scaggs exited in 1968 to mount a solo career. With the aid of Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann Wenner, Scaggs secured a contract with Atlantic. Sporting a cameo from Duane Allman, 1968's soulful Boz Scaggs failed to find an audience despite winning critical favor; the track "Loan Me a Dime" later became the subject of a court battle when bluesman Fenton Robinson sued (successfully) for composer credit.

After signing to Columbia, Scaggs teamed with producer Glyn Johns to record 1971's Moments, a skillful blend of rock and R&B which, like its predecessor, failed to make much of an impression on the charts. Scaggs remained a critics' darling over the course of LPs like 1972's My Time and 1974's Slow Dancer, but he did not achieve a commercial breakthrough until 1976's Silk Degrees, which reached number two on the album charts while spawning the Top Three single "Lowdown," as well as the smash "Lido Shuffle." 1977's Down Two Then Left was also a success, and 1980's Middle Man reached the Top Ten on the strength of the singles "Breakdown Dead Ahead" and "Jo Jo."

However, Scaggs spent much of the 1980s in retirement, owning and operating the San Francisco nightclub Slim's and limiting his performances primarily to the club's annual black-tie New Year's Eve concerts. Finally, in 1988 he resurfaced with the album Other Roads, followed three years later by a tour with Donald Fagen's Rock and Soul Revue..' from the article: Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs - Jojo (Live) 2004

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Drew Zingg w/ Boz Scaggs - "Breakdown Dead Ahead" (live)

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Who Are Band Members in Boz Scaggs?

Band members from the Boz Scaggs album “Boz Scaggs & Band” include David Brown, Eddie Lee Charlton, Chepito Areas, Mike Carabello and Rita Coolidge. Boz Scaggs is a solo artist, so band members who play with him vary depending on the album. Scaggs has played with several bands, including the Steve Miller Band, the Ardells and the Fabulous Knight Trains.

David Brown played bass guitar on “Boz Scaggs & Band.” Eddie Lee Charlton played drums, Chepito Areas played the conga and timbales, and Mike Carabello played conga, timbales and other percussion. Rita Coolidge provided backup vocals.

The Ardells and the Fabulous Knight Trains were blues bands. Both Scaggs and Steve Miller played for them. Scaggs was a member of the Steve Miller Band for its first two albums, “Children of the Future” and “Sailor.” The session musicians who play with Scaggs on his 1976 solo album “Silk Degrees” went on to form the band Toto. The album became a success, going five times platinum, reaching the number one chart position in multiple countries and having multiple hit singles.

Besides his two albums with the Steve Miller Band, Scaggs has spent the majority of his career releasing solo albums. He began his solo career with his 1965 debut album “Boz” and continued releasing albums over the next several decades.' from the article: Who Are Band Members in Boz Scaggs?

Boz Scaggs Backup Singers

Ms. Monet


“All I ever wanted to do was something in the arts, whether it was singing, dancing, acting, whatever, I just wanted to perform all the time...” -Ms. Monét "And perform, Ms. Monét does... Born as Conesha Monét Owens, this California – Bay Area native, was touched with the gift that only God could provide, the gift to truly move people. Given the talents of all that performing arts can give, including improv and dramatic acting, dance/choreography, topped with a 5 octave vocal range in modern and classical music, it's no wonder this "gifted" singer-songwriter, arranger, and thespian has been sought after by some of the industry's best, most diverse and accomplished artists and producers. Some include producers Walter Afanasieff, Patrick Leonard, Steve Jordan and the great Phil Spector.

Ms. Monet
Ms. Monet

Performing on numerous stages whether in theater productions or world-wide touring with some of today's most-notable and respected artists such as Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald, The Dukes of September, Toto, Huey Lewis and the News, Queen Latifah and Kenny Loggins, a featured vocalist for the "Dancing With The Stars” 2006 winter tour, a mesmerizing duet with music great, Johnny Mathis on his 2008 release, “A Night To Remember”, harmonizing with the late great man of soul, Soloman Burke, and rocking out with the iconic Don Felder of the Eagles while keeping the soul-singer thing alive as a backing vocalist for the second ranked “top selling” tour of 2006-07, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s Soul 2 Soul tour, and most recent, Lenny Kravitz’ “Black and White America” 8 week European tour lending supporting and featured lead vocals with the tours opener, Raphael Saadiq, Ms. Monét continues to develop her already "polished" skills thoroughly in the hands of the business. Whether she's performing R&B and Rock or singing Jazz standards, and Gospel hymns, it's in the performance where she's most justifiable. Whether she is performing for current President Joe Biden, and former President Bill Clinton at the Biden’s pre inaugural family party in 2008 or for former President Barack Obama at his historic Inaugural Ball, and his 2012 re-election by lending her voice alongside Jennifer Hudson on the Al Green classic “Let’s Stay Together”, or singing the classic “The Way We Were” for the 2012 Primetime Emmy’s memoriam segment, harmonizing alongside Joe Satriani’s guitar for the United Nations’ thematic song simply titled “Song Without Words”, or lending supporting vocals alongside the iconic Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ms. Monét continues to accomplish sold-out shows all over the world. She’s mesmerized the people “down under” while touring Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, the famous Blue Note Jazz clubs in New York.." from her website:

Skylar Jordan Biography

"Her sound is a melodic mix of R&B, Pop, Rock and Soul, infused with a splash of sassy attitude. Skyler’s sophomore CD “Touch” is an exhilarating fusion of creative tracks that caress the listener, transforming them into Skyler Jordan devotees. Your emotions will be stirred with title track “Touch,” empowered - with “Time To Go,” your inner Rock Star released with “Nothin” and your “fantasies” set free with “Let It Go.”

Skylar Jordan
Skylar Jordan

On her debut project entitled “Seven,” she offered us a glimpse into her first musical journey from the inspirational opener ”Thank You” to the seductive tones of “Conversation,” the hard truth of “Life Goes On” and the deeply personal title track"Seven.” “Touch” is the perfect vehicle to continue that journey.

Skyler’s musical career as a background vocalist has afforded her the opportunity to perform around the world. As you listen to her sultry, yet powerful vocals you will recognize her distinctive sound from platinum hits by Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eminem and featured with the late Nate Dogg. Recording as “Barbara Wilson” – she’s recorded with Kenny G, Nine Inch Nails and Pop Legend Stevie Wonder. Other concert tours include Raphael Saddiq, Eric Bene`t, Goapele, the late great Teena Marie and Rock Icons - Boz Scaggs, and Rod Stewart. Skyler has most recently toured with Rock Boy Band - “GIRLS.”

Where does the music come from? It emanates from her soul. Her musical panache shaped by R & B greats Marvin Gaye, Janet Jackson and of course the “Queen of Soul” - Aretha Franklin. Skyler writes songs from a place inside where truth dwells. Skyler divides her time with homes on the east coast and Los Angeles, California.." from her website:

Boz Scaggs - Lowdown (Live) 2004

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  • Scaggs wrote this song with the keyboard player David Paich, who would later form the band Toto and write many of their hits. "Lowdown" was the first song that Scaggs and Paich wrote together; it was Silk Degrees producer Joe Wissert who put them together. In a Songfacts interview with Boz Scaggs, he explained: "We took off for a weekend to this getaway outside of LA where there was a piano and stayed up all night banging around ideas. We hit on 'Lowdown,' and then we brought it back to the band and recorded it. We were just thrilled with that one. That was the first song that we attempted, and it had a magic to it."

  • This was the second single released from Silk Degrees. The first was "It's Over," which charted at a modest #38 in May 1976. Scaggs had little name recognition at the time, and sales were stagnant for the album until an R&B radio station in Cleveland started playing "Lowdown." Other stations followed suit, and it quickly became clear that the song had crossover appeal and hit potential. Scaggs' label, CBS, released it as a single and it climbed to #3 on the Hot 100 in October, spurring sales of the album along the way.

  • The song is about a girl who doesn't appreciate what her man gives her. The "dirty lowdown" is the honest truth - what Scaggs is encouraging this poor sap to face. The word "Lowdown" was popular slang meaning a summary of what's going on for real. The first Hot 100 entry with the term in the title came in 1969 with the instrumental "Lowdown Popcorn" by James Brown (#41, 1969). Next came Chicago's song "Lowdown" (#35, 1971).

  • Along with keyboard player David Paich, two other future Toto members also played on this track: drummer Jeff Porcaro and bass player David Hungate. The Silk Degrees marked the first time that Scaggs used these studio pros, and it was also his first album produced by Joe Wissert, who was a staff producer at Columbia Records who had previously worked with Earth, Wind & Fire. The crew for the album found just the right sound, a disco-blend that could play in dance clubs and pool halls. Scaggs credits Wissert for giving him and the other musicians plenty of freedom in the studio, resulting in one of the most successful albums of the '70s - Silk Degrees went on to sell over five million copies.

  • This won the Grammy for Best R&B Song of 1976, making Scaggs the first white artist to win the award (Leo Sayer was the second, taking the trophy the next year for "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.")

  • The producers of Saturday Night Fever asked to use this in their movie, but Scaggs' manager turned them down and instead used it in the movie Looking For Mr. Goodbar. Not a good move - Saturday Night Fever became one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time.

  • When the actor Rob Lowe started a podcast in 2020, he wanted to call it Lowe Down and use this song as the theme, but getting the rights proved too expensive. He went with Literally! for the title, a reference to something his Parks And Recreation character, Chris Traeger, often said.." from the website Songfacts

Heartbroken Scaggs Family Speaks Out Against Heroin / Musician calls drug that killed son `S.F. plague'

1999-01-13 04:00:00 PDT San Francisco -- Sitting in his South of Market recording studio, veteran rocker Boz Scaggs occasionally pauses to wipe tears from his eyes as he talks about his son, Oscar. "This is a parent's worst nightmare. It's as though there were an explosion and everything was blown to smithereens. There is nothing left of the world as I knew it."'

Scaggs' voice is calm, but his face is drawn and haggard. Twelve days ago, on New Year's Eve, Oscar, 21, died of a heroin overdose in the Mission District's decrepit Hotel Royan. In an exclusive interview with The Chronicle, Scaggs, 54, broke his silence for the first time since Oscar's death to convey a father's feelings of loss, frustration and anger. He also wants to use his celebrity to warn about what he calls "the plague of heroin threatening San Francisco."

Being the son of a famous rock musician was no insulation against heroin abuse for Oscar Scaggs, his father says. "He went to some of the better schools in some of the better neighborhoods, so in that way he was privileged," Scaggs concedes. "But he was a San Francisco kid. He lived his life all over this town. He hung out in the park, he was a skateboarder, he played PAL league baseball and basketball. It would be a mistake to view Oscar as a kid who grew up spoiled and wayward because he didn't have grounded values." Boz and Carmella Scaggs were married in 1971. They divorced in 1980 and were awarded joint custody of their children. Oscar and his younger brother, Austin, split their time between their parents' San Francisco homes.." from the article:

Heartbroken Scaggs Family Speaks Out Against Heroin / Musician calls drug that killed son `S.F. plague'


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