Bob Mayo Biography
The Annals of Rock Music History
Bob began studying classical piano at age 5 in New York, where he was born in 1951. Various teachers in the Bronx and Brooklyn throughout the 50’s and early 60’s gave him a broad sampling of composers, and the formal classical recitals and competitions encouraged him to pursue a musical career. A chance meeting in 1971, and Doc Holliday was formed, with Frank Carillo, a singer-songwriter from Long Island, bassist Tom Arlotta and drummer Bob Liggio. A contract with Metromedia Records took the band to London and legendary Olympic Studios to record an album engineered and produced by Chris Kimsey, who was also working with Peter Frampton and the Rolling Stones at the time. Another chance meeting occurred in December ‘74, this time with Peter Frampton, and Bob joined Peter’s band, beginning an 11 month tour of the US and Canada in January ‘75, recording the shows which resulted in “Frampton Comes Alive”. “Quite a few of those songs were written on piano, so I was able to really dig into those in performance, while supporting Peter on electric and acoustic guitar and vocals. It was a great band, often taking the studio versions of the songs to new places.” What followed was five years of exhalation and exhaustion; non-stop touring and recording." 'The best of times, the worst of times’ is an accurate description of that period; the albums “I’m In You” and “Where I Should Be”, all the great shows, the wonderful audiences, the thrill of breaking attendance records at stadiums and concert halls throughout the world, the record-breaking sales figures for the album. It was quite overwhelming.” Mayo followed his work with Frampton writing, recording and touring with the likes of Dan Fogelberg, Robert Plant, Hall & Oates, and most notably, on Foreigner 4. Rejoined with Frampton in 1992, Mayo died in February 2004 in Basel Switzerland, while on tour with the band. "Bob was like a brother to me," Frampton said. "I have lost a close personal friend and a talented, professional and outstanding musician."