As the oft-reported story recounts, Spooky Tooth was playing on the same bill with the Mod sensation Small Faces, fronted by Steve Marriott, who was known as one of Britain's best blues-rock singers. Dissapointed with the band's inability to re-create their concept album Ogdens Nut Gone Flake during live performances, Marriott walked off stage and consequently quit the band he led for four years.  Backstage, Greg was approached by Marriott, who asked if he'd like to join him along with Peter Frampton and drummer Jerry Shirley in a new musical venture.  Greg, having his frustrations with Spooky as well as a feeling of stagnation, quickly agreed.  Thus was born Humble Pie.

The news of Greg's and Steve Marriott's departures from two of Britain's top rock bands set the British music press on its collective ear. The resulting quartet's formation was consequently dubbed, yet another, British "supergroup", which forced them into a period of seclusion to write and rehearse. After moving operations to Essex county north of London the band secured a record deal with Immediate.

It was a productive time for the newly formed Pie, as two albums worth of material came from the process. Contractual snags briefly delayed their release, but soon “As Safe Is Yesterday (Is)” was on the market, quickly followed by “Town and Country”. The former spawned the hit single “Natural Born Woman” and the group began appearances to promote sales of their newly released vinyls. Whilst Greg, Marriott and Frampton shared front man duties, concerts were musical marathons presented in two distinct parts.  The first was acoustic and mellow, many times performed by the four sitting on the stage floor barefooted, whilst the second half was plugged-in, louder and more rhythm & blues-influenced.

When Immediate Records fell into financial disarray, Humble Pie was put into a period of limbo until A&M picked up their contract. At the same time Dee Anthony was brought in to bring a change to the group’s management. This was to be a pivotal point in Pie’s career as the musical mood of the group shifted to a more rock and blues repertoire, which is evident in their next release in 1970, the self-titled “Humble Pie”. 



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