Kevin Duggan -

Happy 68th birthday to Boz Scaggs!

To help celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of 10 Things you might not have known about the rhythm and blues legend.

1. His real name is William Royce Scaggs, but was given the nickname Bosley by a schoolmate which was eventually shortened to Boz.

2. He and his wife run their own vineyard in Napa County, California and produce their own wine.

3. His son, Austin, has his own music column with Rolling Stone magazine called “The Smoking Section.”

4. His other son, Oscar, died tragically at the age of 21 of a heroin overdose in 1998.  Scaggs wrote a tribute to his deceased son which was published in Newsweek magazine.  Read the tribute here.

5. He was childhood friends with Steve Miller and they attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison together.  After playing together in several bands, Boz became a member of The Steve Miller Band for the band’s first two studio albums.

Top 5 Boz Scaggs Songs

6. His first album, Boz, was a solo R&B album recorded in Sweden and was not a commercial success.

7. Scaggs claims he was “raised by six women.”  His father was a traveling salesman who fought in World War II, often leaving him in the care of his mother, four aunts and grandmother.

8. In 1980, Boz walked away from music and opened a restaurant, called the Blue Light Cafe, which he sold a few years later and a night club called Slim’s, which he still owns.

9. His seventh and most famous album, Silk Degrees, sold over five million copies.

10. Boz Scaggs backwards is Zob Sggacs, which is virtually unpronounceable.

Kevin Duggan –


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