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Two lineups of Humble Pie in 1971 (top) and 1974 (bottom).

Humble Pie were an English hard rock band from Moreton, Essex. Formed in January 1969, the group originally included vocalist and guitarist Steve Marriott, guitarist and vocalist Peter Frampton, bassist and vocalist Greg Ridley, and drummer Jerry Shirley. After several lineup changes and breakups, the group's final tour in 2002 featured Shirley alongside bassist and vocalist Greg Ridley (previously a member of the original lineup from 1969 to 1975), guitarist and vocalist Bobby Tench (previously a member from 1980 to 1981), lead vocalist and guitarist Johnny Warman, guitarist Dave "Bucket" Colwell, keyboardist Dean Rees (all of whom were new additions).

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HistoryEdit

1969–1983Edit

Humble Pie were formed as a supergroup in January 1969 by Steve Marriott of Small Faces, Peter Frampton of the Herd, Greg Ridley of Spooky Tooth and Jerry Shirley of the Apostolic Intervention.[1] Frampton remained until September 1971, when he left to start a solo career.[2] The band's manager Dee Anthony explained that Frampton's departure was due to a lack of chemistry between him and Marriott, and suggested that the group would continue as a trio.[3] However, he was replaced later in the year by former Colosseum guitarist David "Clem" Clempson.[4] Humble Pie broke up in 1975 after the release of Street Rats, due to touring fatigue and personal conflicts.[5]

Marriott and Shirley reformed Humble Pie in January 1980,[6] adding guitarist Bobby Tench and bassist Anthony "Sooty" Jones.[7] Both new members left in the summer of 1981 after a period of heavy touring.[8] Marriott returned early the following year with bassist Jim Leverton, keyboardist Goldy McJohn and drummer Fallon Williams III, often billing themselves as "Steve Marriott and the Pie".[9] McJohn was soon fired and Leverton later left, with guitarist Tommy Johnson and bassist Keith Christopher joining in early 1983; Johnson was subsequently dismissed and replaced by Phil Dix, and later by Rick Richards, who was fired alongside Christopher later in the year.[10] Following a brief period as a trio with Williams and bassist Dave Hewitt, Marriott disbanded Humble Pie for a second time in late 1983.[10]

1989–2002Edit

In 1989, Shirley obtained the rights to the name Humble Pie and reformed the band in Cleveland, Ohio as "Humble Pie featuring Jerry Shirley",[11] adding lead vocalist and guitarist Charlie Huhn, lead guitarist Wally Stocker and returning bassist Jones.[12] In the early 1990s, Marriott and Frampton worked together again, with a return of the original Humble Pie lineup touted as a future possibility;[7][11] however, Marriott died in a house fire on 20 April 1991, ending the possibility.[13] Shirley continued performing under the Humble Pie name with various musicians until August 1999, when he was forced to retire after suffering injuries in a car accident. Huhn completed a string of shows with guitarist Rick Craig (later Patrick Thomas), bassists Ean Evans and Kent Gascoyne, and drummer Jamie Darnell, before joining Foghat in February 2000.

Shirley reformed Humble Pie again in 2001 to mark the tenth anniversary of Marriott's death, adding original bassist Ridley, former guitarist Tench and new guitarist Dave "Bucket" Colwell, all of whom performed on the band's first studio album since 1981, Back on Track.[14] The group later added keyboardist Dean Rees and vocalist and guitarist Johnny Warman for a short European tour in 2002, which was cut short when Ridley was forced to retire due to pneumonia.[15] The illness ultimately led to his death on 19 November 2003.[16]

MembersEdit

LatestEdit

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Jerry Shirley
  • 1969–1975
  • 1980–1981
  • 1989–1999
  • 2001–2002
  • drums
  • percussion
  • occasional keyboards, piano, guitar and vocals
all Humble Pie releases
Greg Ridley
  • 1969–1975
  • 2001–2002 (died 2003)
  • bass
  • vocals
  • occasional guitar and percussion
all Humble Pie releases from As Safe as Yesterday Is (1969) to Street Rats (1975), and from Natural Born Boogie (1995) to Live in New York 1971 (2012)
Bobby Tench
  • 1980–1981
  • 2001–2002
  • guitar
  • vocals
  • keyboards
Dave "Bucket" Colwell 2001–2002
Back on Track (2002)
Johnny Warman 2002 (touring)
  • vocals
  • rhythm guitar
none – live performances only
Dean Rees keyboards

FormerEdit

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Steve Marriott
  • 1969–1975
  • 1980–1983 (died 1991)
  • guitar
  • vocals
  • keyboards
  • harmonica
  • piano
all Humble Pie releases except Live at the Cleveland Agora Theatre (1990) and Back on Track (2002)
Peter Frampton 1969–1971
  • guitar
  • vocals
  • keyboards
  • all Humble Pie releases from As Safe as Yesterday Is (1969) to Performance Rockin' the Fillmore (1971)
  • Natural Born Boogie (1995)
  • Live at the Whisky A-Go-Go '69 (2001)
David "Clem" Clempson 1971–1975
  • all Humble Pie releases from Smokin' (1972) to Street Rats (1975)
  • King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: Humble Pie (1995)
  • Running with the Pack (1999)
  • From the Front Row... Live! (2003)
  • Live in New York 1971 (2012)
Anthony "Sooty" Jones
  • 1980–1981
  • 1989 (died 1999)
  • bass
  • vocals
  • On to Victory (1980)
  • Go for the Throat (1981)
Fallon Williams III 1982–1983 drums none
Jim Leverton
  • bass
  • vocals
Goldy McJohn 1982 keyboards
Keith Christopher 1983 bass
Tommy Johnson guitar
Phil Dix
Rick Richards
Dave Hewitt bass
Charlie Huhn 1989–2000
  • vocals
  • guitar
Live at the Cleveland Agora Theatre (1990)
Wally Stocker 1989–1990
  • guitar
  • vocals
Sean Beavan bass
Scott Allen 1990–1992 none
Alan Greene 1990–1999 guitar
Sam Nemon 1992–1996 bass
Brad Johnson 1996–1999
Ean Evans 2000 (died 2009)
Kent Gascoyne 2000
Jamie Darnell drums
Rick Craig guitar
Patrick Thomas

TimelineEdit

 

ReferencesEdit

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