Remembering George Harrison’s Surprising Offer, Peter Frampton

In a recent appearance on VRP Rocks, Peter Frampton discussed how he received the invitation to perform in the late George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass.” The guitarist talked about working with Dorris Troy and his first encounter with Harrison during the conversation. Harrison asked Frampton whether or if he would want to play guitar for Troy’s “Ain’t That Cute” after inviting him to his studio session. He then continued to describe what transpired in the studio after announcing that he had accepted the offer: Since Stephen Stills is there and he is the lead guitarist for the Beatles, I’m just playing a very low-key rhythm. So I suppose I just had to sort of blend in here, and then George interrupts and says, “Pete, no!” halfway through. I need you to play the lead licks, man. I exclaimed, “Oh my god, this is too good to be true,” as a result.

In any case, if you listen to the album’s first single, “Ain’t That Cute,” by Doris Troy, you’ll hear me playing the intro and the same lick repeating itself over and over. George then added a brief slide solo to the song. Frampton agreed when Harrison asked him to play for the remainder of Troy’s CD after he finished the song. The guitarist performed on at least five tracks for the record before Harrison called him. Frampton disclosed the Beatles’ proposal: When that was done, George called me two weeks later—he always called me directly—and asked, “Pete, can you come and play on my album now?'” I requested it, and he responded, “Yes, please. It’s just acoustic, me, you, and three Badfinger and Phil Spector songs.” Evidently, there were more people inside the studio than he had anticipated. He went on:

“So I enter with my acoustic, and it’s Ringo on the drums, Jim Gordon from [Derek and the Dominos] on, it’s basically the Dominos plus a few folks, Klaus and everyone, and Gary Wright on the keyboards. I therefore ended up contributing to four or five tunes that week. Harrison had to get in touch with Frampton once more after performing and recording those five tracks since his CD needed more acoustic music. Harrison didn’t give Frampton credit for playing on his album, despite the fact that the guitarist appeared to enjoy himself throughout the entire process.
You can see the entire interview below.

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