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Boz Scaggs "Jojo" Live At Fridays video.

This is a TV performance of Boz Scaggs doing "Jojo" back in 1980. The TV show was called "Friday's" and it came on the USA channel back in the early 80s.

Boz Scaggs was born in Canton, Ohio. After learning guitar at the age of 12, he met Steve Miller at St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas. In 1959, he became the vocalist for Miller's band The Marksmen. The pair later attended the University of Wisconsin together, playing in blues bands like The Ardells and The Fabulous Knight Trains.

Leaving school, Boz Scaggs briefly left Texas to join the burgeoning rhythm and blues scene in London. After singing in bands such as The Wigs and Mother Earth, he recorded his first solo album Boz Scaggs in 1965, which was not a commercial success. He traveled to Sweden as a solo performer and did a brief stint with the band The Other Side with fellow American Jack Downing and Brit Mac MacLeod.

Returning to the US, Boz Scaggs promptly headed for the booming psychedelic music center of San Francisco in 1967. Linking up with Steve Miller again, he appeared on the Steve Miller Band's first two albums "Children of the Future" and "Sailor," which won over critical reviews.

After being spotted by Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, Boz Scaggs secured a solo contract with Atlantic Records in 1968. Despite good reviews, his first Atlantic album was met with lukewarm sales, as were followup albums on Columbia Records.

In 1976, Boz Scaggs linked up with session musicians who would later form Toto and recorded his smash album "Silk Degrees". The album reached number 2 on the US charts and number 1 in a number of countries across the world, spawning three hit singles: "Lowdown", "Lido Shuffle", and "What Can I Say", as well as the MOR standard "We're All Alone", later a hit for Rita Coolidge.

A sellout world tour followed, but his follow-up album, the 1977 Down Two Then Left, lacked the cohesion of Silk Degrees. The 1980 album "Middle Man" would spawn two top 20 hits, "Breakdown Dead Ahead" and "Jojo," and Boz Scaggs would enjoy two more hits over 1980 and 1981 ("Look What You've Done to Me" from the "Urban Cowboy" soundtrack, and "Miss Sun" from a Greatest Hits set).


Boz Scaggs "Jojo" from the album "Middle Man" (April 1980):

Comments

Greetings,

Can someone tell me where the Jojo video of Boz came from? I know it is a tape of a Friday's show, (also starring Michael Richards and Julia Louis Dreyfus from Seinfeld). I was the one that digitized it and added the intro.

I gave it to a few select friends, and I'm just curious how it got here.

It's a small world after all...

I recognize the talented Carlos Vega (RIP) on drums. Venetta Fields & Paulette Brown on background vocals. Scott Plunkett on synth. Randy Kerber on keyboards.

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