About Hot N Nasty by Humble Pie:
Formed in late 1968, Humble Pie was one of the first super-groups of the epoch. Finding huge success in the ‘70s, especially in America, they are best remembered for their dynamic live concert performances. The original line-up featured Steve Marriott (Small Faces) on vocals and guitar, Peter Frampton (The Herd) on lead guitar and vocals, Greg Ridely (Spooky Tooth) on bass and the seventeen-year-old Jerry Shirley on drums.
By 1972 Frampton was replaced by Dave “Clem” Clempson, and Humble Pie moved towards a harder sound emphasising Marriott’s blues and soul roots. “Smokin’”, their first album with Clempson featured the hit singles “Hot ‘N’ Nasty” and “Thirty Days In The Hole”. Assisted by a relentless touring schedule the album became the band’s most commercially successful record ever, reaching #6 on the U.S. album chart.
Aiming for an even more authentic R&B sound, Marriott also recruited three female backing singers, The Blackberries. The trio consisted of Venetta Fields, Clydie King and Sherlie Matthews who was later replaced by Billie Barnum.
They had performed with Ike & Tina Turner as the Ikettes and with Ray Charles as The Raelettes. Humble Pie became a well-oiled soulful blues-rock ‘n’ roll dynamo, undisputedly one of the most exciting live bands of the era.