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William Royce "Boz" Scaggs (born June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He became prominent for his series of albums in the late 1970s, and songs "
Lido Shuffle "Lido Shuffle" is a song written by Boz Scaggs and David Paich and introduced on the 1976 Boz Scaggs album, ''Silk Degrees''. It was subsequently released as a single in 1977. Scaggs recalled: ""Lido Shuffle" was a song that I'd been banging arou ...
" and " Lowdown" from ''
Silk Degrees ''Silk Degrees'' is the seventh solo album by Boz Scaggs William Royce "Boz" Scaggs (born June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He became prominent for his series of albums in the late 1970s, and songs " Lido Shuffle" ...
'' (1976), which peaked at No. 2 on the ''Billboard'' 200. Scaggs continues to write, record music, and tour.


Early life and career

Scaggs was born in
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, the eldest child of a traveling salesman. Their family moved to
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, then to
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(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". After learning guitar at the age of 12, Scaggs met Steve Miller at St. Mark's School. In 1959, he became the vocalist for Miller's band, the Marksmen. The pair later attended the
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together, playing in
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and the Fabulous Knight Trains. Leaving school, Scaggs briefly joined the burgeoning R&B scene in London, then traveled on to Sweden as a solo performer, and in 1965 recorded his solo debut album, '' Boz'', which failed commercially. He also had a brief stint with the band the Other Side with
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and Jack Downing. Returning to the U.S., Scaggs promptly headed for the booming
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center of
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in 1967. Linking up with Steve Miller again, he appeared on the
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's first two albums, '' Children of the Future'' and ''
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'' in 1968. Scaggs secured a solo contract with
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in 1968, releasing his second album, ''
Boz Scaggs William Royce "Boz" Scaggs (born June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He became prominent for his series of albums in the late 1970s, and songs "Lido Shuffle "Lido Shuffle" is a song written by Boz Scaggs and David P ...
'', featuring the
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and
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, in 1969. Despite good reviews, this release achieved only moderate sales. He then briefly hooked up with Bay Area band Mother Earth in a supporting role on their second album '' Make a Joyful Noise'' on guitar and backup vocals. Scaggs next signed with
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releasing the albums '' Moments'' in 1971 and ''My Time'' in 1972. His first two Columbia albums were modest sellers and seeking a new more soulful direction his record company brought in former Motown producer
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for 1974's ''Slow Dancer'' album. Although the album only made # 81 on the US Billboard Album Chart, it subsequently attained gold status no doubt getting a boost from the huge success of Scaggs's next album ''
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''.


1976–1981: the hit years

In 1976, using session musicians who later formed Toto, he recorded ''
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'', with
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on producing duties. The album, which received a Grammy nomination for album of the year and a further nomination for Wissert as Producer of The Year, reached #2 on the US ''Billboard'' 200, and #1 in a number of other countries, spawning four hit
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: "It's Over", " Lowdown", "What Can I Say", and "
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", as well as the poignant ballad "
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", later recorded by
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and
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. "Lowdown" sold over one million copies in the US and won the
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, which was shared by Scaggs and
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. A sellout world tour followed, but his follow-up album in 1977 ''
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'' did not sell as well as ''Silk Degrees'' and neither of its singles reached the Top 40. The 1980 album '' Middle Man'' spawned two top 20 hits, "Breakdown Dead Ahead" (No. 15,
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) and "Jojo" (No. 17, Hot 100); and Scaggs also enjoyed two more top 20 hits in 1980–81, " Look What You've Done to Me", from the ''
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'' soundtrack, and "
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", from a greatest hits set, both reaching No. 14 on the Hot 100.


Later career

Scaggs took a long break from recording and his next album, '' Other Roads'', did not appear until 1988. "Heart of Mine", from ''Other Roads'', is Scaggs' last top-40 hit as of 2018. Also in 1988, he opened the San Francisco nightclub, ''
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'', and remained an owner of the venue through the club's closure in 2020. From 1989 to 1992, Scaggs joined
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,
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,
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and others in
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. His next solo release was the album ''
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'' in 1994. He issued '' Come On Home'', an album of
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, and '' My Time: A Boz Scaggs Anthology'', an anthology, in 1997. In the summer of 1998 Boz went on tour as the opening act for Stevie Nicks. After another hiatus from recording, his next album, ''Dig'', got good reviews, although the CD was released on an unfortunate date
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. In May 2003, Scaggs released '' But Beautiful'', a collection of
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s that debuted at number one on the jazz chart. In 2008 he released ''Speak Low'', which he described in the liner notes as "a sort of progressive, experimental effort ... along the lines of some of the ideas that Gil Evans explored." During 2004, he released a
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and a live 16-track CD '' Greatest Hits Live'' that was recorded August 2003 at the
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in San Francisco. After a break in recording, he undertook a series of shows across the US in 2008. Two years later he joined
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and
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for concerts entitled the
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. His next album ''
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. The album included some of his favorite compositions from other artists. A tour of the
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,
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and
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followed the release. Before the year ended, he added live dates across North America and Australia for 2014. In 2015, he released ''A Fool to Care'', a compilation of mostly covers, including "Whispering Pines" with Lucinda Williams, and one original blues composition, "Hell to Pay," performed with
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. The album rose to number one on the ''Billboard'' Blues Album chart and number 54 on the Billboard 200.


Personal life

Scaggs's first marriage was to Donna Carmella Storniola. They had two sons:
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, a music journalist for ''
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'', and Oscar, who died in 1998. Scaggs and Carmella divorced in 1980. She died in February 2017. In 1992 he married Dominique Gioia.


Discography


With the Steve Miller Band


Solo albums

* While the 1969 self-titled Atlantic album failed to chart upon initial release, it peaked at #171 when reissued in 1974. Three years later the album was reissued once again, this time in a remixed form. This version, however, only bubbled under the Billboard 200, reaching #209.


Compilation albums


Singles


See also

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References


External links


Official website
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