I want to tip my hat Roger Hodgson, the voice of Supertramp.
I love the Supertramp albums – especially from “Crises, What Crisis” up to “Famous Last Words“.
Supertramp had co-leaders and co-composers – Roger Hodgson and Rick Davis. Both contributed great songs.
I tended to gravitate towards the compositions of Roger Hodgson. Like in Fleetwood Mac albums, I gravitated towards Christine McVie’s compositions.
My favourite Hodgson songs include “Give A Little Bit”, “Breakfast In America“, “The Logical Song“, “Dreamer“, “School“, “It’s Raining Again” and “Take The Long Way Home“,
But my all-time favourite is “Lord, Is It Mine?”
Roger has this calm Zen and friendly spirit in him. Listening to this hippie-bohemian maestro has a calming effect on me
My Supertramp and Roger Hodgson CD Collection and Concert Passes (above images). You can tell I’m a Supertramp Completist and “Superfan”. (See what I did there?)
My all-time favourite Supertramp album is “Breakfast In America”. Hearing the album transports me back to my teenage years. The album was released in 1979. A year before I left for America for my College academic adventures.
While I was pursuing my MBA degree, Supertramp was touring their “Famous Last Words” album and was performing at Houston, Texas. It’s the last tour that saw Roger Hodgson performing live with the band. He left the the band after that to pursue his solo aspirations. “It’s Raining Again” was dominating the US airwaves at that time.
I wanted to go but I had an important final Finance exam. I did not regret not attending the concert because (as I tell my kids), grades last forever. I like to think my good grades in Finance got me a job offer with an reputable consulting firm two semesters before I graduated with my MBA. You can bet good money that I had Supertramp (and ELO) music blasting in the background while I focused on my studies.
Like Dylan, Supertramp is a band which I will buy any album they release, till this day.
I’m not a concert promoter. I’ve witnessed the stressful enormous amount of work, not to mention the funds needed to stage a decent show. But if I was asked to promote one show in my life, it would be for Roger Hodgson.
Long May You Run, Roger!