On Jan. 14, 1978, after spending six weeks on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart, Boz Scaggs’ Down Two then Left peaked at #11. The album would retain the #11 position the following week, and then slowly move its way off the charts.
Down Two then Left was the follow-up to Scaggs’ immensely popular (#2-on-the-charts album) Silk Degrees, which generated three Top 40 singles.
William Royce Scaggs got the name Boz in grade school (an abbreviation for the nickname Bosley). He learned to play guitar by age 12 and became a vocalist in a classmate’s band. The classmate? Steve Miller. The two played in a band together later in college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and reconnected again in San Francisco in 1967, after Scaggs had spent time as a musician in Europe exploring R&B. His work on Miller’s first two albums garnered recognition and led to a recording contract.
Down Two then Left was Scaggs’ eighth album. The LP had two singles “Hard Times” and “Hollywood, ” which went to #58 and #49 respectively. But my favorite song on the album is “We’re Waiting,” co-written with keyboardist Michael Omartian and featuring a beautiful flugelhorn solo by Chuck Findley (a session musician with far too many recording credits to mention here). http://youtu.be/85pGbHLfqNE