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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. Scaggs joined Miller's group the Marksmen as a vocalist in 1959, and the pair later attended the University of Wisconsin together, where they played in blues bands like the Ardells and the Fabulous Knight Trains. Scaggs returned to Dallas alone in 1963, 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. He also recorded a failed solo LP in Sweden, 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 next 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, and 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." Released in 1977, 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 '80s 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, he resurfaced in 1988 with the album Other Roads, followed three years later by a tour with Donald Fagen's Rock and Soul Revue. The solo effort Some Change appeared in 1994, with Come on Home and My Time: The Anthology (1969-1997) both released in 1997. The newly energized Scaggs spent the next few years consistently releasing new material, including Here's the Low Down, Fade into Light, Dig, and a collection of standards called But Beautiful. An expanded reissue of Silk Degrees and Runnin' Blue (a recording of a 1974 performance) appeared in 2007, and Speak Low saw him reinterpreting a number of jazz standards in 2008. Scaggs toured as a member of the Dukes of September in 2012; the group's other principals included Michael McDonald and Donald Fagen. Scaggs emerged from his recorded silence in March of 2013 with the Steve Jordan-produced Memphis, a collection of original and cover tunes. Recorded at Willie Mitchell's Royal Studio in the city, the album was meant to reflect the heritage of the Southern soul tradition in the 21st century. In 2014, Scaggs -- with Jordan again as his producer -- booked four days at Nashville's famed Blackbird Studio with a core band from Memphis. They enlisted top-flight Music City session players as well as guests Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams to supplement the sessions. A Fool to Care, released by 429 in 2015, showcased covers of classic soul, NOLA R&B, rock & roll and country covers, and new material. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Boz Scaggs

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    18 songs

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    Boz Scaggs - Greatest Hits

    11 songs

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    Boz Scaggs & Band: The Deluxe Edition

    10 songs

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    My Time + Bonus

    12 songs

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    Speak Low

    27 songs

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    Fade into Light [DualDisc]

    10 songs

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    Moments

    14 songs

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    Come on Home

    10 songs

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    Some Change

    10 songs

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    Other Roads

    10 songs

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    Down Two Then Left

    10 songs

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    Slow Dancer

    10 songs

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    Silk Degrees

    13 songs

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    Silk Degrees [Bonus Tracks]

    9 songs

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    Middle Man

    9 songs

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    Boz Scaggs

    12 songs

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    A Fool to Care

    32 songs

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    The Essential Boz Scaggs

    15 songs

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    Hits! [Bonus Tracks]

    30 songs

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    The Collection: Slow Dancer/Silk Degrees/Down Two Then Left [2005]

    33 songs

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    My Time: The Anthology (1969-1997)

    10 songs

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    Hits!

    10 songs

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    Pacific High Recording Studios, San Francisco, Ca. December 19th, 1971 (Remastered, Live On Broadcast

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    Radio City Music Hall, New York, April 5th, 1981 (Remastered, Live On Broadcasting)

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    Memphis

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Top Songs by
Boz Scaggs

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  2.   Lowdown
  3.   Lido Shuffle
  4.   Loan Me a Dime by Duane Allman
  5.   Heart of Mine
  6.   Look What You've Done to Me
  7.   Save Your Love for Me
  8.   Cadillac Walk
  9.   Some Change
  10.   Can I Change My Mind
  11.   Dry Spell
  12.   Payday
  13.   Corrina, Corrina
  14.   Simone
  15.   How Long Has This Been Going On?
  16.   I'll Be the One
  17.   Sunny Gone
  18.   She Was Too Good to Me
  19.   Do Nothing 'Till You Hear from Me
  20.   Dindi
  21.   Speak Low
  22.   Gone Baby Gone
  23.   But Beautiful
  24.   Jojo
  25.   What Can I Say
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Boz Scaggs

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    Top 35 Classic Singer-Songwriters

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    Modern Blues

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    The Black Keys: I Am The DJ

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    Classic Singer Songwriters

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    Yacht Rock

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    Eagles: DNA

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    Smooth Jazz

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    My Parents' Record Collection

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    Nothing But Love Songs

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    Blues

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    B.B. King: DNA

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    '70s Hits

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    Sinatra And Friends

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    '70s Rock

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    Coffee House

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    Classic Rock Deep Dive

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    '70s Deep Dive

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    Disco Deep Dive

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    Soft Hits

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    Old School R&B

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    Jazz

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    Classic Soft Hits

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    Classic Hits

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    Soft Rock


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