Saturday, February 28, 1976

Peter Frampton “Show Me the Way” live version released this month

Show Me the Way

Peter Frampton

Writer(s): Peter Frampton (see lyrics here)

Released: June 1975

First Charted: July 12, 1975

Peak: 6 US, 4 CB, 6 HR, 5 RR, 1 CL, 10 UK, 4 CN, 25 AU, 1 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 40.6 video, 114.98 streaming


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About the Song:

Guitarist Peter Frampton was born in England in 1950. He was in a band called the Little Ravens by the age of 12. By 18, he had joined forces with Steve Marriott of the Small Faces to form Humble Pie. That group had a #4 hit in the UK with “Natural Born Bugie” in 1969 and a couple of minor hits in the U.S.

After four solo albums with Humble Pie, Frampton went solo. He released three albums with minimal success. His fourth album, simply called Frampton, reached #32 in the U.S. and went gold. “Show Me the Way” was released in June 1975 as a single, but – like the rest of Frampton’s solo output up to that point – failed to chart.

His fortunes changed, however, with a live recording released the following year. It soared into the top 10 and made the guitarist a superstar. Suddenly, “girls across the globe were gazing upon the bronzed, shirtless blonde that was pinned up on their bedroom walls.” UCR The song was lifted from his 1976 live album Frampton Comes Alive, which spent 10 weeks atop the Billboard album chart on its way toward being the biggest album of the year. It went on to sell more than 8 million copies in the U.S. alone.

“Show Me the Way” is marked by vague lyrics about a protagonist seeking guidance – “a drowning man looking for someone to throw him a life preserver.” SF Frampton kept it vague on purpose, but did admit he’d met someone who gave him confidence and his life “completely changed. All the lyrics in that song are about me and her.” SF

The song was also characterized by its use of a talkbox, “a device hooked up to his guitar that allowed him to create amplified, distorted vocal sounds with his mouth.” SF It created a sensation and many musicians bought or made talkboxes as a result. SF


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First posted 7/27/2022.

Saturday, February 14, 1976

Journey’s Look into the Future charted

First posted 10/12/2008; updated 9/11/2020.

Look into the Future


Charted: February 14, 1976

Peak: 100 US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU

Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: classic rock


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. On a Saturday Night (3/76, --)
  2. It’s All Too Much
  3. Anyway
  4. She Makes Me Feel Alright (7/76, --)
  5. You’re on Your Own
  6. Look into the Future
  7. Midnight Dreamer
  8. I’m Gonna Leave You

Total Running Time: 41:50

The Players:

  • Gregg Rolie (vocals, keyboards)
  • Neal Schon (guitar, backing vocals)
  • Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals)
  • Aynsley Dunbar (drums)


3.088 out of 5.00 (average of 12 ratings)

About the Album:

After their first album, guitarist George Tickner left the band, although he has songwriting credits on two of the song’s here (You’re on Your Own and I’m Gonna Leave You). His departure didn’t really change the band. The other four members soldiered on, creating what “is essentially a reprise of their debut.” AMG

That meant they retained “some of the experimental approach and sound” JM of their self-titled first release, especially in the aforementioned “I’m Gonna Leave You” and the title track. JM At just over eight minutes, the latter song was the longest song in Journey’s catalog until 1980 when the song “Destiny,” from Dream After Dream, took the honor, clocking in at almost nine minutes. WK

“The music has a sharper focus and better instrumental sections than its predecessor, [but] it still lacks strong material and is a little too directionless to function as good jazz-rock. Still, it’s a marginal improvement over the debut,” AMG with the band having “toned down the overt progressiveness of their first, self-titled release, in favor of a more focused, commercial approach.” JM

The album features a cover of the Beatles’ song It’s All Too Much. The song was initially written and sung by George Harrison for the 1968 Yellow Submarine film and subsequent soundtrack the following year.

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