Sometimes Age just jumps right up and kicks me in the jimmies, although most of the time I don't think about it. Driving around the mountains of North Carolina a couple of weeks ago listening to the eccentric classic rock of The Ride gave me plenty of time to torture poor Dawn, who is 11 years younger than I am, with all kinds of trivia and quization.
When "Lowdown" came on I said "who is that?" She didn't know. When I said it was Boz Scaggs she said "oh yeah." Then I asked what band Boz was in before he went solo, she didn't know. That's when I felt old because I thought EVERYONE knew Boz Scaggs started off as a member of the Steve Miller Band, but only people 45 or older know that, apparently.
So anyway, "Lowdown" was on one of the best albums of the '70s - and the most important of Boz's career, the multi-platinum Silk Degrees. Produced by Joe Wissert and arranged by keyboardist David Paich, Degrees is the very apex of cool blue-eyed soul, and stayed on the charts for 115 weeks from early-'76 into '78.
The band - a collection of the highest-end studio musicians including Paich, Jeff Porcaro on drums, David Hungate on bass, Fred Tackett and Louie Shelton on guitars - would become Toto a couple of years later. The songs, mostly by Scaggs and Paich, are all first-rate, but the album didn't hit right away.
The first single, the sprightly "It's Over" straggled barely onto the chart in May. The album's most memorable song, "Lowdown" - with Hungate's serious funk bass line, Paich's flutey synth melody, and Scaggs' sly vocal - languished for weeks after its summer release until an urban station in Philadelphia picked the song up, followed by a rock station in Cleveland.