Peter Frampton Says George Harrison Once Asked Him To Take Over His Lead Guitar Duties
Former Humble Pie member Peter Frampton recently appeared in an interview with Professor of Rock and revealed that The Beatles’ guitarist George Harrison wanted him to play the lead guitar in the soul singer Doris Troy’s album.
George Harrison greatly impacted the rock scene with his lead guitar skills as a member of The Beatles. He was interested in Indian culture and reflected the inspirations from this culture in the band’s sounds. Those influences from another ethnicity provided the group to have a distinctive style.
Although The Beatles’ albums mainly included John Lennon and Paul McCartney songs, Harrison’s compositions also became significantly successful. He contributed to the band with the tracks such as ‘Taxman,’ ‘Within You Without You,’ and ‘Something.’ The icon’s third studio album entitled ‘All Things Must Pass,’ which was released after the breakup of The Beatles in 1970, gained great success. The record featured the hit singles called ‘My Sweet Lord’ and ‘What Is Life.’ On this album, he worked with impactful names like Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, and Gary Wright.
In the same year, Harrison also collaborated with the soul singer Doris Troy for her self-titled record. As Peter Frampton revealed in a recent interview, he had a chance to work with Harrison for Doris Troy’s track named ‘Ain’t That Cute.’ Frampton stated that he was initially playing the rhythm guitar on the song. However, Harrison wanted him to deliver the lead guitar while he was on the rhythm.
Peter Frampton explained in his words:
“I started playing George’s very famous Red Les Paul that has this history. It was given to him by Eric, I think. Eric played it on ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ that guitar. I was not sure I would have been able to play it, but I was playing that guitar. We start playing the song; he shows me the chords. We start recording the track, and I’m playing the rhythm. He stops everybody he goes, he looks around and says, ‘No, Pete! I want you to play the lead; I’ll play rhythm.’ I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ That’s how I ended up playing Doris Troy’s first single from that album.”
You can watch the interview and listen to the song below.