Formed by former Small Face’s frontman Steve Marriot, the Hard rock outfit Humble Pie began in Essex in 1969. The band also featured Peter Frampton (guitar), Greg Ridley (bass) and Jerry Shirley (drums). The group spend their first months together locked away in Marriot’s cottage, relentlessly practicing.
They soon signed to the Immediate label and issued their debut single "Natural Born Boogie," which hit the British Top Ten and paved the way for the group's premiere LP, ‘As Safe as Yesterday Is’.
After touring the U.S. in support of 1969's ‘Town and Country’, Humble Pie returned home only to discover that Immediate had declared bankruptcy. They recruited a new manager, Dee Anthony, who helped them lad a new deal with A&M. Anthony also encouraged the bad to create a harder, edgier sound, far removed from their current acoustic melodies. As Marriott's raw blues shouting began to dominate subsequent LPs like 1970's eponymous effort and 1971's ‘Rock On’, Frampton's role in the band he co-founded gradually diminished. After embarking on a US tour, Frampton left the band.
After enlisting former Colosseum guitarist Dave "Clem" Clempson to fill the void, Humble Pie grew even heavier for 1972's ‘Smokin', their most successful album to date. However, while 1973's ambitious double studio/live set ‘Eat It’ fell just shy of the Top Ten, its 1974 follow-up Thunderbox failed to crack the Top 40. After 1975's Street Rats reached only number 100 before disappearing from the charts, Humble Pie disbanded.
In 1980, Marriott and Shirley re-formed Humble Pie with ex-Jeff Beck Group vocalist Bobby Tench and bassist Anthony Jones. After a pair of LPs, 1980's On to Victory and the following year's Go for the Throat, the group mounted a troubled tour of America, after Marriot suffered from a mangled hand and ulcer. Soon, the band disbanded once again.
On April 20, 1991, Marriott died in the fire which destroyed his 16th century Arkesden cottage.
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