One of the original guitar heroes, Peter Frampton is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist best known for his multi-platinum LiveAlbum ''Frampton Comes Alive!'', the biggest selling album in the United States in 1976.
After receiving piano and guitar lessons in his youth, Frampton started off in a hit-making [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion British Invasion]] band called the Herd at the age of 16 before joining Steve Marriott of Music/TheSmallFaces in the BluesRock group Humble Pie and playing on sessions with several major stars. He started his solo career in 1971 and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff soon found success easier in America than his native United Kingdom]].
His commercial peak was ''Frampton Comes Alive!'' in 1976, the prototypical ArenaRock live album which solidified Frampton's status as a TeenIdol and even won him an invitation to perform at the White House. However, although the studio follow-up ''I'm in You'' was well-recieved by critics and gave him his biggest hit single, its experimental nature alienated many of his teen fans. His appearance in the ''Film/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' film turned out to be [[CreatorKiller the end of his hit-making career]].
Frampton continues to record and perform, and has made some contributions to film and television; he made a memorable (and mostly ad-libbed) guest appearance on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homerpalooza" and was a consultant on ''Film/AlmostFamous''.
* EpicRocking: The 14-minute version of "Do You Feel Like We Do?" included on ''Frampton Comes Alive!'' takes the cake. An edited version was released as a single and became a hit, and even then it was over seven minutes long.
* IconicItem: The talk box, a device allowing a guitarist to "speak" through his instrument, became strongly associated with Frampton thanks to his use of it on several tracks on ''Frampton Comes Alive!''
** Even before the live, hit songs like "Show Me the Way" made heavy use of the talk box. In this respect, Frampton was to [=70s=] rock what [[Music/BonJovi Richie Sambora]] was in the next decade.
* TheRockStar: One of the best examples from TheSeventies.
* ShoutOut: Music/FrankZappa [[TheParody parodied]] his hit song "I'm In You" as "I Have Been In You" on ''Music/SheikYerbouti'' (1979).
* TeenIdol: Frampton later admitted that appearing shirtless on the cover of ''Rolling Stone'' was an attempt to capitalise on his idol status and expressed regret that it damaged his status as a credible artist.
* WordSaladLyrics: Some of his songs, such as "Do You Feel Like We Do?" fall into the "so long as it sounds good, it doesn't have to make sense" category.