The Spencer Davis Group was one of the most thrilling and musically talented R&B combos on the mid-60s UK scene, releasing a string of great hit singles during its brief career. Formed by Welsh guitarist Spencer Davis and precociously talented teenage vocalist and keyboardist (Stevie) Steve Winwood, the group hit the charts in 1965 with their version of Jackie Edwards' Keep On Running. Their hard-edged rhythms and Winwood's eerily mature blues vocals drove the group's music, and was heard to equally good effect on follow-up hits Gimme Some Lovin' and I'm A Man, which also broke the group in the USA. Winwood left to form Traffic in 1967 and his brother Muff also moved on to work in A&R, leaving Davis to oversee subsequent line-ups of the group, the most notable being with Ray Fenwick and Eddie Hardin.
Followers: Bruce Hornsby, Robert Palmer, Mike The Mechanics, Huey Lewis & The News
Influenced By: John Lee Hooker, Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry...