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Tuesday Tune: ‘Lowdown’ by Boz Scaggs

July 9, 2013

Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs, guitarist and former lead singer of the Steve Miller Band, will perform in Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts on Wednesday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m.

William Royce “Boz” Scaggs is a celebrated singer, guitarist and songwriter. He joined the Steve Miller Band in 1967 and serves as lead singer on several of the band’s songs. He went on to have a very successful solo career, which was ignited by the release of his 1976 album “Silk Degrees.” He is still producing new music, and his most recent album, “Memphis,” was released in March.

Scaggs’ sound is somewhere in the vein of R&B mixed with a little classic rock. His hit song “Lowdown” was released in 1976, winning the Grammy for best R&B song and peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Here’s a fun fact about the song: Producers of Saturday Night Fever, the 1977 movie starring John Travolta, asked to use the song in the film but Scaggs and his management team turned down the offer. The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is one of the best-selling movie soundtracks of all time. Nevertheless, the song was a hit.

Watch the live performance below to hear Scaggs’ soulful sounds on “Lowdown.”


Boz Scaggs appears as part of our PNC Celebrity Series. He will bring his Memphis Tour to Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts on July 17 at 7:30 p.m. CLICK HERE to buy tickets now!

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