Spencer Davis: Steve Winwood pays tribute to former bandmate

Spencer Davis: Steve Winwood pays tribute to former bandmate

Spencer Davis, the British rock musician whose namesake band turned out such "60s hits as "Gimme Some Lovin"," "I'm a Man", and "Keep on Running", died Monday in Los Angeles at 81.

The Spencer Davis Group had United Kingdom and USA hits with Keep On Running and Somebody Help Me.

And while Winwood left the group in 1967, Davis remained at the helm, leading them to more success with popular tunes in England like "Time Seller" and "Mr. RIP dear Spencer", she shared alongside a nostalgic photo with the late singer. As Muff Winwood would recall of the change Mojo in 1997, "Spencer was the only one who enjoyed doing interviews, so I pointed out that if we called it the Spencer Davis Group, the rest of us could stay in bed and let him do them". We met and the the seeds of The Spencer Davis Group were sown. Spencer, who was a student at Birmingham, was playing with a small group of musicians.

"He was a highly ethical, very talented, good-hearted, extremely intelligent, generous man", Birk told BBC.

Influenced by the burgeoning British blues and skiffle scenes, he performed in bands with future stars including the Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman and Christine Perfect - later Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie.

In 1963, Davis formed the self-titled The Spencer Davis Group after persuading established jazz artists Muff and Steve Windwood to join him and friend Pete York on the passion project.

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Stevie Van Zandt, best known as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, said he was a fan of Davis, tweeting: "The British Invasion is my main thing".

The band's first No. 1 single, "Keep On Running", was released in 1965.

Though the band broke up in 1969 after just 6 years together, their music had a huge influence on the sound of the era.

He later worked as an A&R executive at Island Records.

Survivors include his partner, June, and three children.

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