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Charlie Huhn (left) and Roger Earl (right) perform with Foghat
|Origin||Manchester, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Blues rock, boogie rock, hard rock|
|Years active||1971–1984, 1986–present|
|Labels||Bearsville, Atlantic, Rhino|
|Past members||See: Personnel section|
Foghat is a British rock band that formed in Manchester in 1971 and had its peak success in the 1970s. Its style can be described as "blues-rock" or boogie-rock, dominated by electric and electric slide guitar. The band has achieved 8 gold records, one platinum and one double platinum record, and has had far more success in the United States than in Britain.
The band initially featured Dave Peverett ("Lonesome Dave") on guitar and vocals, Tony Stevens on bass, and Roger Earl on drums when they left Savoy Brown in 1970. Rod Price on guitar/slide guitar joined after he left the Black Cat Bones in December 1970. The new line-up was named "Foghat" (a nonsense word from a childhood game played by Peverett and his brother) in January 1971. Their 1972 album, Foghat was produced by Dave Edmunds and had a cover of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You", which received much airplay, especially on FM stations. Among underappreciated tracks on this initial offering, the remake of of the Savoy Brown bluesy ode to the road "Leavin' Again (Again!)" and "Sarah Lee," a classic blues burner with Rod Price's inimitable serving of a truly inspirational slide solo. The band's second self-titled album was also known as Rock and Roll for its cover photo of a rock and a bread roll, and it went gold. Energized came out in 1974, followed by Rock and Roll Outlaws and Fool for the City in 1975, the year that Stevens left the band after objecting to their endless touring schedule. Stevens was replaced temporarily by producer Nick Jameson in 1975 when the band recorded Fool for the City. In the next year, Jameson was replaced by Craig MacGregor and the group produced Night Shift in 1976, a live album in 1977, and Stone Blue in 1978, each reaching "gold" record sales. Fool for the City spawned the hit single "Slow Ride" (which reached number 20 on the US charts), but the greatest sales figures were for Foghat Live, which sold over 2,000,000 copies. More hits followed: "Drivin' Wheel"; "I Just Want to Make Love to You" (from the live album); "Stone Blue"; and "Third Time Lucky (The First Time I Was a Fool)". Rod Price left the band in November 1980, unhappy with the group's still constant touring and the shift away from their hard boogie sound towards a more new wave influenced pop direction. After months of auditions he was replaced by Erik Cartwright by February 1981.
After 1978, Foghat record sales began to slip, and their last album for the Bearsville label, Zig-Zag Walk in 1983, only briefly touched the charts at No. 192. MacGregor quit in 1982 and Nick Jameson returned to play on In the Mood for Something Rude and Zig Zag Walk before turning things over to Kenny Aaronson (1983) and then Rob Alter (1983–1984). MacGregor returned in 1984.
After Dave Peverett left in 1984 and went back to England, the group disbanded briefly. But Earl, along with MacGregor and Cartwright, reformed with a new singer/guitarist Eric (E. J.) Burgeson and continued touring as Foghat into the early 1990s. MacGregor (1986–1987, 1991), Eric's brother Brett Cartwright (1987, 1988–1989, 1992), and Jeff Howell (1987–1988, 1989–1991, 1992) alternated on bass during that time. In addition, Phil Nudelman (1989–1990) and then Billy Davis (1990–1993) took over from Burgeson. Dave Crigger joined on bass in 1991-1993.
Lonesome Dave had returned to the US by 1990 and formed his own Lonesome Dave's Foghat that featured Bryan Bassett (ex Wild Cherry), Stephen Dees (bass), and Eddie Zyne (drums). Dees and Zyne had played with Hall & Oates, among others. Former Molly Hatchet bassist Riff West succeeded Dees in 1991 and Rod Price even did the odd guest appearance.
In 1993, at the urging of producer Rick Rubin, the original line-up reunited. Although Rubin ultimately proved to be unavailable to produce their comeback project, the group went ahead anyway and released a studio album entitled Return of the Boogie Men in 1994 and a live album entitled Road Cases in 1998. The final album of the decade, King Biscuit Flower Hour from the syndicated radio show of the same name, was released in May 1999, and consisted of live recordings from 1974 and 1976.
After being back together six years, the original line-up once again ended after Price decided to retire from touring for good. Bryan Bassett (who had been playing with Molly Hatchet in the interim) was brought back on guitar.
The 2000s saw the deaths of founding members Dave Peverett and Rod Price. Peverett died on 7 February 2000 from complications from kidney cancer at the age of 56, and Rod Price died on 22 March 2005 at the age of 57 of a fall resulting from a heart attack.
The 2010 version of Foghat consisted of Roger Earl, Craig MacGregor, Charlie Huhn, and Bryan Bassett. At a concert during the Summer of 2010, former Rainbow and Black Sabbath drummer Bobby Rondinelli had temporarily replaced Roger Earl while Roger was recovering from surgery. At another Foghat concert during the Summer of 2010, after Roger Earl returned to the band, bassist Jeff Howell had temporarily replaced Craig MacGregor because of an illness. As of 2005, bassist Craig MacGregor had returned. Foghat’s latest album Last Train Home (released 15 June 2010) was the culmination of a dream shared by Roger Earl and Lonesome Dave Peverett . It contained some of their favourite blues songs, three originals ("Born for the Road", "Last Train Home" and "495 Boogie"), and two songs by special guest performer and long time friend, Eddie 'Bluesman' Kirkland who was 86. He had played with Foghat as a special guest back in 1977 at Foghat’s Tribute to the Blues at the New York Palladium, and remained a good friend of the band until he was killed in a car accident on 27 February 2011.
Also performing on Last Train Home are Colin Earl / piano, Jeff Howell / bass and Lefty Lefkowitz / harmonica. According to Earl, “This CD is a testimony to Lonesome Dave. We always planned to do this. I am so fortunate to have partners in band members Charlie Huhn and Bryan Bassett who share the same passion for the blues. It was not hard work putting this album together; playing this kind of music is joyous. We had a blast!”
Foghat has never stopped touring and recording. They have been together in one form or another, with Roger Earl remaining as drummer. They released a single on 9 July 2013 called "The Word of Rock n' Roll", a Christmas song (an instrumental version of "Winter Wonderland") on 5 November 2013, and released a new DVD (Live in St. Pete) in December 2013.
|Year||Album||US Album Chart|
|1973||Rock and Roll||67|
|1974||Rock and Roll Outlaws||40|
|1975||Fool for the City||23|
|1981||Girls to Chat & Boys to Bounce||92|
|1982||In the Mood for Something Rude||162|
|1994||Return of the Boogie Men||-|
|2007||Foghat Live II||-|
|2010||Last Train Home||-|
- Best of Foghat (1989)
- Best of Foghat Volume 2 (1992)
- Best of Foghat (Rhino Special Edition) (1992)
- Slow Ride and Other Hits (1997)
- Anthology (1999)
- Hits You Remember Live (2001)
- Live 2000 (2001)
- Essential (2002)
|Year||Single||US Singles Chart|
|1973||"What a Shame"||82|
|1976||"Fool for the City"||45|
|1977||"I'll Be Standing By"||67|
|1977||"I Just Want to Make Love to You" (Live)||33|
|1979||"Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was a Fool)"||23|
|1980||"Stranger in My Home Town"||81|
|1982||"Slipped, Tripped, Fell in Love"||-|
- See liner notes from The Best of Foghat on Rhino Records, and History page of Foghat's official website
- "The Official Foghat Website". Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- "The Official Website of Foghat!". Foghat.net. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- "Foghat > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
- "Foghat > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 January 2012.