JEFFERSON AIRPLANE– JEFFERSON STARSHIP–
Great Society– Take Me To A Circus Tent
Quality Rock & Roll Airplane style.
Hello from the Airfield and happy Mothers Day:
First one for my mom who sadly isn’t here forever and
I wanted to thank Superstramp/
Roger Hodgson historian Linda Tyler for being kind
enough to share such articulate
information with me.
Enjoy the day and her great words and later on I’ll have
some rock and roll for you!
One for Mom:
They tell me today is your day but that isn’t true.
It’s everyone we find on the calendar.
To celebrate what you’ve done only once a year
would be short changing incredible contributions.
Although you and dad aren’t here in the actual sense of the word
the family never goes anywhere without you both.
Time has passed and it only reveals parents not here to
share are missed more each day.
It doesn’t matter that they tell me it’s May
for you both I hold everlasting love.
Thanks for everything,
From Supertramp/Roger Hodgson Historian Linda Tyler enjoy! http://www.RogerHodgson.com
Roger Hodgson has been recognized as one of the most gifted composers, songwriters and lyricists of our time. As the legendary voice of Supertramp and composer of the band’s greatest hits, he gave us “Give a Little Bit”, “The Logical Song”, “Dreamer”, “Take the Long Way Home”, “Breakfast In America”, “It’s Raining Again”, “School”, and “Fools Overture” and so many others. His songs have remarkably stood the test of time and earned Roger and Supertramp an adoring worldwide following. During the time that Roger led the band, Supertramp sold well over 60 million albums and became a worldwide rock phenomenon.
Born in Portsmouth, England, Roger spent much of his childhood at boarding school where his guitar became his best friend. Self-taught, he began writing songs at the age of twelve, eventually adding piano, bass, drums and even cello to his musical accomplishments. It wasn’t long after his final school year that he recorded his first studio record called “Mr. Boyd” with a session band that included pianist Reg Dwight, later to become known as Sir Elton John. It was during this time that Roger met Rick Davies and the nucleus of Supertramp was born. Their initial collaborations attracted the attention of A&M Records and their first album “Supertramp” was released in 1969. Roger was 19.
Shortly after their second album Roger and Rick began writing separately; though like Lennon/McCartney they maintained a joint writer’s credit throughout their Supertramp career. In 1973 the band released “Crime of the Century” with Roger’s song “Dreamer” becoming a #1 hit and driving the album to the top of the charts. Supertramp had arrived.
For the next nine years, dubbed by fans as the “Golden Years,” four studio albums and numerous tours culminated in the worldwide success of “Breakfast in America” which sold 18 Million copies. Roger’s songwriting, arranging, and producing skills resulted in three classic hits from the album – “The Logical Song”, “Take the Long Way Home” and “Breakfast In America”.
Roger parted company with Supertramp in 1983 after the “Famous Last Words” album and mega rock stadium tour. Following his heart, he chose to live a simple lifestyle in nature with his new family and pursue his spiritual values. He built a state of the art recording studio at home so he could still work and be with his children as they grew up. His first solo album, “In the Eye of the Storm”, was released in 1984 and became an international hit, selling over 2 million copies. Turning down offers to tour, Roger instead kept his focus on home and family. In 1987, the same week that Roger’s second album “Hai, Hai” was released, Roger took a bad fall and shattered both his wrists. Doctors told him he would never play music again, yet he never lost his faith. After a long period of self-healing and physical therapy, Roger proved them wrong.
Ten years later he released his first live album “Rites of Passage”, followed in 2000 by his next studio album, “Open the Door”. “Retrospectacle – The Supertramp Anthology”, released in 2005, is a 2- CD collection of Classic songs recorded by Supertramp from 1969 to 2005. This collection captures much of Roger’s legacy as he wrote and sang lead on 14 of the 32 tracks, and lent his creative touch to every track but one.
To this day Roger continues to write music and lyrics and has over 60 unreleased songs. He currently performs both solo and with orchestras, playing a variety of his of Supertramp and solo hits. Thirty-five years after writing his classic song, “Give a Little Bit,” Roger received an award for the song being one of the most performed works in the 2005 ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) repertory. In 2007 he received another ASCAP award for a remake of “Breakfast in America” topping the charts.
In 2006 Roger released his first ever DVD from his live solo concert in Québec. “Take The Long Way Home – Live in Montreal” went platinum in just 7 weeks and hit #1 in all of Canada and is now multi-Platinum. The DVD was released worldwide in September 2007, bringing the music and memories that have touched so many of our lives into our hearts and homes.
For additional information visit: www.RogerHodgson.com
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE– JEFFERSON STARSHIP– Great Society-
Take Me To A Circus Tent
May the music be magic!
I look forward to hearing you later!
The book is Take Me To A Circus Tent (The Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual) W/93 photos, 32 interviews, 543 pages, and a myriad of 5 star reviews!
Please remember at any moment on an Aircast it can be a rare memory from the Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, KBC, Wooden Ships, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner to name several. Maybe another picture previously unseen from the Rock Tent Vault sees daylight from Herb Greene.
Enjoy the day and flight and feel good,