Bob Mayo

bob mayoBob grew up in Westchester county,  NY, and began classical piano lessons at age 5. He had various piano teachers in NYC throughout his musical education which exposed him to a lot of classical composers and styles. His own recitals and competitions motivated him to pursue a career in music.

In 1968 at age 17, his plans to attend the Julliard School of Music were scuttled when he suffered injuries as the result  of a serious car accident. During his recuperation, he learned to play guitar

In 1973, he joined Rat Race Choir on guitar, a well-known local band who played around Westchester and the whole Tri-State area

Bob met Peter Frampton in December of 1974, subsequently joined the band, and set out on an 11 month tour. The mega popular album “Frampton Comes Alive” was a result of recording these live shows. Mayo played with Frampton for 5 years

Leaving Frampton in 1980, Bob took a break from touring and began working with various artists in the studio, including Joe Walsh and Joe Vitale. One session with Foreigner resulted in his playing on the hit “Waiting For a Girl Like You”

Returning to a touring career in’81, Bob played with Foreigner, Aerosmith, and Robert Plant. In the early 90’s, he toured with Hall and Oates.

He teamed up with Frampton again in 1992 for a 7 month tour resulting in the album “Frampton comes Alive II”

While touring with Frampton in 2004 in Switzerland, Bob suffered a fatal heart attack. He was only 52 years old.

Frampton takes the solos, but there are some clips of Mayo playing his Rhodes and singing harmony