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Spencer Davis - guitar/harmonica/vocals (born July 17th 1941, Swansea)

Steve Winwood - guitar/keyboards/vocals (born May 12th 1948, Birmingham)

Muff Winwood - bass guitar (born Mervyn Winwood, June 15th 1943, Birmingham)

Pete York - drums (born August 1942, Redcar)

 

The Spencer Davis Group were were one of the UK's most convincing R&B bands to emerge during this period. They were best known for introducing a prodigious teenager, Steve Winwood, to the world. It was apparent from their first record that Winwood, with his ferocious soul-drenched voice, belying his tender sixteen years, would be the focal point of the group.

Davis put the group together in Birmingham in 1963, and they turned professional a year later. From the outset of their recording career they made it plain that albums were as important to them as singles - unusual in those days.

The group's first three singles reached the lower end of the Top Thirty, but it was the release of their debut album "Their First LP" in July 1965 that established them as a major group. Under the guidance of producer, Chris Blackwell the quartet got their first major hit with the blistering "Keep on Running", originally performed by another of Blackwell's acts, the West Indian Jackie Edwards. From then until Winwood's departure every single the SDG released was a huge hit (including "Somebody Help Me", "I'm A Man" and "Gimme Some Loving".

The second LP was also well-received on its release in February 1966.

Winwood left the group at the height of their success to form Traffic in '67 and things were never the same again for the SDG.

 

Singles

Aug '64

Dimples/Sittin' And Thinkin'

Fontana TF 471

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Oct '64

I Can't Stand It/Midnight Train

Fontana TF 499

UK#47

Mar '65

Every Little Bit Hurts/It Hurts Me So

Fontana TF 530

UK#41

 Jun '65

Strong Love/This Hammer

Fontana TF 571

UK#44

Nov '65

Keep On Running/High Time Baby

Fontana TF 632

UK#1

Mar '66

Somebody Help Me/Stevie's Blues

Fontana TF 679

UK#1

Sep '66

When I Come Home/Trampoline

Fontana TF 739

UK#12

Nov '66

Gimme Some Lovin'/Blues In F

Fontana TF 762

UK#2

Jan '67

I'm A Man/Can't Get Enough Of It

Fontana TF 785

UK#9

Aug '67

Time Seller/Don't Want You No More

Fontana TF 854

UK#30

Dec '67

Mr. Second Class/Sanity Inspector

United Artists UP 1203

UK#35

1968

After Tea/Moonshine

United Artists UP 2213

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1968

Short Change/Picture Of Heaven

United Artists UP 2226

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E.P.s

Aug '65

Every Little Bit Hurts - Every Little Bit Hurts/It Hurts Me So/I Can't Stand It/Midnight Train

Fontana TE 17450

Oct '65

You Put The Hurt On Me - You Put The Hurt On Me/I'm Getting Better/I'll Drown In My Own Tears/Goodbye Stevie

Fontana TE 17444

Jun '66

Sittin' And Thinkin' - Sittin' And Thinkin'/Dimples/Searchin'/Jump Back

Fontana TE 17463

 

L.P.s

Jul '65

Their First L.P. - My Babe/Dimples/Searchin'/Every Little Bit Hurts/I'm Blue/Sittin' And Thinkin'/I Can't Stand It/Here Right Now/Jump Back/It's Gonna Work Out Fine/Midnight Train/It Hurts Me So

Fontana TL 5242

Feb '66

The Second Album - Look Away/Keep On Running/This Hammer/Georgia On My Mind/Please Do Something/Let Me Down Easy/Strong Love/I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water/Since I Met You Baby/You Must Believe Me/Hey Darling/Watch Your Step

Fontana TL 5295

Sep '66

Autumn '66 - Together Till The End Of Time/Take This Hurt Off Me/Nobody Loves You When You're Down And Out/Midnight Special/When A Man Loves A Woman/When I Come Home/Mean Woman Blues/Dust My Blues/On The Green Light/Neighbour Neighbour/High Time Baby/Somebody Help Me

Fontana TL 5349

1968

With Their New Face On - With His New Face On / Second Class / Alex In Transitland / Sanity Inspector / Feel Your Way / Morning Sun / Moonshine / Don't Want You No More / Time Seller / Stop Me, I'm Falling

United Artists SULP 1192

1968

The Best Of The Spencer Davis Group - I'm A Man/Gimme Some Loving/Every Little Bit Hurts/This Hammer/Back Into My Life Again/Waltz For Lumumba/Together Till The End Of Time/Keep On Running/Trampoline/When I Come Home/Strong Love/Somebody Help Me/She Put The Hurt On Me/Goodbye Stevie

Island ILPS 9078



Re-issues

 

The Best Of.....featuring Stevie Winwood - Gimme Some Lovin', Somebody Help Me, Keep On Running, Searchin', I'm A Man, I Can't Stand It, Back Into My Life Again, Time Seller, Every Little Bit Hurts, When I Come Home

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