Boz Scaggs – Jojo (1980)
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From 1980, Jojo by Boz Scaggs is a stone groove. When you talk about great songs, great artists of the ’70s and early ’80s, Boz Scaggs is one of them.
Born William Royce “Boz” Scaggs, he was one of the great artists blaring out of AM and FM radios back in the day and still today. With big hits like “Lido Shuffle” and the Grammy Award-winning “Lowdown” from the critically acclaimed album Silk Degrees album in 1976 (which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200), Scaggs’ music lives on today here on The Beat and as he continues to tour.
Scaggs’ music career began with Steve Miller.
Boz learned to play guitar at the age of 12 and in 1959 he met Miller at St. Mark’s School and became the vocalist for Miller’s band, the Marksmen. The pair later attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison together, playing in blues bands like the Ardells and the Fabulous Knight Trains.
The biggest years for Scaggs were the mid 70’s to early ’80s.
In 1976, using session musicians who later formed Toto, he recorded Silk Degrees, with Joe Wissert on producing duties. The album, which received a Grammy nomination for album of the year and a further nomination for Wissert as Producer of The Year, reached #2 on the US Billboard 200, and #1 in a number of other countries, spawning four hit singles: “It’s Over”, “Lowdown”, “What Can I Say”, and “Lido Shuffle”, as well as the poignant ballad “We’re All Alone”, later recorded by Rita Coolidge and Frankie Valli. “Lowdown” sold over one million copies in the US and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, which was shared by Scaggs and David Paich.
A sellout world tour followed, but his follow-up album in 1977 Down Two Then Left did not sell as well as Silk Degrees and neither of its singles reached the Top 40.
The 1980 album Middle Man spawned two top 20 hits, “Breakdown Dead Ahead” and this jam, “Jojo”; and Scaggs enjoyed two more hits in 1980–81: “Look What You’ve Done to Me”, from Urban Cowboy soundtrack, and “Miss Sun”, from a greatest hits set. Both were US No. 14 hits.