The Peter Frampton Band have shared their new video, with live performance footage of their version of Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell’s ‘Georgia On My Mind.’ The stirring instrumental rendition, with Frampton giving a stunning lead interpretation of the tune most closely associated with Ray Charles’ vocal reading, was captured during the Peter Frampton Finale — The Farewell Tour.
The band’s studio version is part of their highly successful All Blues album, which spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Blues Albums chart. The set has enjoyed Frampton’s best overall sales and chart rankings since his 2006 album Fingerprints, also debuting at No. 9 on the magazine’s Rock Album Sales countdown.
Frampton introduces the band’s take on ‘Georgia’ by saying that Carmichael was his mother’s favourite composer. It was recorded by Carmichael with his orchestra in 1930 and released on the Victor label. Numerous renditions began to appear soon afterwards, including by Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra in 1932. Django Reinhardt et le Quintette du Hot Club de France did it in 1936 and Billie Holiday in 1941, before Charles released his enduring version in the summer of 1960.
Frampton and his band are now nearing the end of the farewell tour, after which he will step down from regular vigorous touring following his diagnosis with the autoimmune disease Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM). Dates with guests Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening and the Julian Frampton Band, fronted by Peter’s son, continue until 12 October in Concord, CA; the Peter Frampton Band have one further date announced in Skokie, IL on 9 November.
Rave reviews for the tour have included the New York Post observing that Frampton “can rest assured he went out on top,” while the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that “[It’s] a show so triumphant and buoyant you could hardly believe this guy had anything more than a cold…for something billed as a finale, it sounded as if Frampton was just getting started.”
All Blues can be bought here.