Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson On How The Beatles Inspired “Give A Little Bit”

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Roger Hodgson, lead singer of the British ’70s rock group Supertramp, joined The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show Wednesday to talk about his upcoming show at the OC Fair this Sunday and give us a little history lesson on Supertramp’s timeless hits.

To this day, Roger continues to perform Supertramp’s lengthy catalog of hits, as well as write and record new material.

“I’m having an amazing time. It’s amazing to feel like I’m in the prime of my life at this age,” he laughed. “The Supertramp period of my life for fourteen years…was great, but I’ve come a long way since then…It’s amazing that these songs from my questions, my joy, my pain have stood the test of time so well.”

Though Supertramp’s songs were never chart-topping hits, these classic songs still manage to get regular airplay on many classic hits stations (including K-EARTH) across the country.

“It’s amazing, they haven’t left the airwaves,” said Roger. “For me, it’s amazing to look out and see multi-generations…I see young kids who love these songs. Don’t tell me how I did it, but I definitely gave birth to some evergreen songs.”

Part of the reason Supertramp’s hits have become such perennial favorites is because of the personal nature of the lyrics Roger wrote. He tells us about the inspiration about some of those classic songs including “Give A Little Bit.”

When writing “Give A Little Bit,” Roger tells us that he was inspired by the love and peace movement of the ’60s as led by The Beatles.

“I’m not sure what influence inspired me, expect I’ve always believed in love,” he said. “Maybe it was my answer to ‘All You Need Is Love’ because I think that song came out around the same time that I wrote it.”

Roger also explains the stories behind “Take The Long Way Home,” “Goodbye Stranger,”  plus the origin of their unique band name. Listen to our entire interview with Roger Hodgson below.

Make sure to grab your tickets to see him perform live at the OC Fair on Sunday, August 11 by clicking here!

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