6/5/17: Humble Pie “30 Days In The Hole”

Ever heard of Humble Pie? It was one of the first so-called “super-groups” that took members of established bands and put them together to try and make something really special out of a pool of pre-existing talent. Super-groups have been formed out of everything from casual jam sessions to charity organizations, but the trend really took off in the late 60s and early 70s with outfits like Blind Faith and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

This particular super-group consisted of Steve Marriott, lead singer of Small Faces, fostering a relationship with Peter Frampton, who was playing with The Herd at the time. The bass player, Greg Ridley, was performing with a band called Spooky Tooth. The three of them went in search of a drummer and came up with a 17 year-old named Jerry Shirley.

Marriot was one heck of a front man, a 5’5” guy with a bunch of energy and an exceptionally strong voice. Once they started performing, it didn’t take long for Humble Pie to find success on both sides of the Atlantic!

Frampton eventually left the group to come alive on his own, and other members came and went, but Humble Pie became known as the kind of band that put on a great show when you saw them in person. After their first live album, “Performance Rockin’ the Fillmore,” was released in 1971, interest in seeing the band perform only rose.

Steve Marriott lived, well… let’s just say that he lived a rock n’ roll lifestyle. He passed away in 1991, at the age of 44. Living hard doesn’t treat the body well, and we often lose our artistic icons a little sooner than we’d like.

One of Humble Pie’s most famous songs was “30 Days In The Hole,” and that’s the one that’s been bouncing around in my head for a while, now. It’s off their fifth album, and it didn’t chart despite seeing a decent amount of airplay on radio stations at the time. Regardless, it’s since become well-known enough to get several cover versions, including one by Gov’t Mule! The guitarist who performed the tune, Clem Clempson, has said that it’s one of the tracks he’d like to be remembered for. Given how great a song it is, I don’t think that’ll be a problem.

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