Happy birthday to Supertramp co-founder Roger Hodgson, who turns 69 on March 21! 2019 also marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Supertramp, for which Hodgson was originally a bassist and songwriter, switching to guitar in 1971. In the early days, they were sometimes lumped in with other English “prog-rock” bands, but they became more pop over time… and also more popular: Their 1974 opus Crime of the Century began a series of commercial successes for the group, with Crisis? What Crisis? coming the following year, and then the 1977 LP Even in the Quietest Moments, which produced the hit single “Give a Little Bit,” as well as the (lesser hit) single of the title track, both written by Hodgson. After moving to L.A. in the late ’70s, the group made their most popular album, Breakfast in America, released 40 years ago this month, and featuring the ubiquitous ear-worm “The Logical Song,” another Hodgson composition. Hodgson left the group at the end of 1983, and he has enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist ever since, mining his deep catalog of songs around the world.
Although not a big hit, “Even in the Quietest Moments” is probably my favorite Supertramp song. The video quality on this solo performance is slightly lacking, but the audio is excellent—both his lead vocal and that distinctive, chime-y Guild 12-string line sound great! —Blair Jackson