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After learning guitar at the age of 12, he met Steve Miller at a local high school in Dallas, Texas. In 1959, he became 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, 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 in 1965, which was not a commercial success.
Returning to the US, Scaggs promptly headed for the booming psychedelic music centre 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 he secured a solo contract with Atlantic Records in 1968. Despite good reviews his first Atlantic albums were met with lukewarm sales, until he linked up with session musicians, who would later form Toto and record his smash 1976 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". A sellout world tour followed, but his follow-up album, the 1977 Down Two Then Left , lacked the cohesion of Silk Degrees .
Scaggs recorded Other Roads in the mid 1980s, took another hiatus and then came back with Some Change in 1994. He released Come On Home , an album of blues, and My Time , an anthology in the late 1990s. He garnered good reviews with Dig , although the CD, which was released on Sept. 11, 2001, was lost in the post-911 melée. In May, 2003, Scaggs released But Beautiful , a collection of jazz standards that debuted at No. 1 on the jazz charts.
He tours each summer, has a loyal cadre of fans, remains hugely popular in Japan, and will release a DVD and a live CD in 2004.
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