Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Shuffle off to Bozland

Lido missed the boat that day he left the shack
But that was all he missed and he ain't comin' back

What has become of Boz Scaggs?  We can't help but wonder because it's his birthday today and he isn't getting any younger.  "Lido Shuffle" was one of the Bozman's most popular singles and one of our favorites until we discovered the song had absolutely no connection to Lido Key. 

Reminds us of a friend who was walking his dog at sunset near DeSoto Point in Bradenton and came upon a photo shoot for Playboy.  This is a true story. Like most dogs, the golden retreiver was an inquisitive sort. So was our friend, for that matter.  Wait, we can't tell that story here!  Ask about it sometime and we'll give you the lowdown.  Speaking of which,  "Lowdown" was Scaggs' highest charting single (No. 3).  There's a time for everything, and 1976 must have been the right time to release the album Silk Degrees, on which both songs appear. But if pressed to name our favorite, it would be Middle Man, which followed two years later and included "JoJo" and "Breakdown Dead Ahead."

Happy sixto-sixto, Bozman, wherever you are. And many more to you and the rest of our Birthday Band:

Nancy Sinatra (1940): Singer
These Boots Are Made For Walkin’, Somethin’ Stupid (w/ Frank), Jackson (w/Lee Hazelwood)

Chuck Negron (1942): Singer, Three Dog Night
Joy to the World, One, Easy to Be Hard, Eli’s Coming, Mama Told Me Not to Come

Boz Scaggs (1944): Musician/singer
Lowdown, Lido Shuffle, Miss Sun, Look What You’ve Done to Me

Mick Box (1947): Guitar, Uriah Heep
Gypsy, Salisbury, July Morning, Easy Livin’

Bonnie Tyler (1951): Singer
Total Eclipse of the Heart, It’s a Heartache


  1. The boy is still around, still singing.
    Released a year ago - but recorded in
    2008 - "Speak Low" was Boz's "personal"
    album reflecting the softer side-a Boz.
    Full of violin and flute and cello and
    lots of keyboards, "Speak Low" does just
    that. And Boz, who was integral to the
    sound and space of early Steve Miller
    Band projects, didn't write a single song
    on the album that reminds me of David
    Gilmour's "On An Island" offering from a
    couple-a year's ago: an elder musician
    making a document that sounds very little
    like his heritage, yet fits him like a
    stretched out old cardigan sweater. The
    album "Speak Low" took some getting used
    to, but now it's a confortable fit.

  2. HIs first record was pretty good, recorded at Muscle Shoals with the crew including Duane Allman. Has that way too long jam "Somebody Loan Me a Dime," but some good songs also.