Friday, July 13, 2007

Another Blast From The Past

This week we feature an extremely talented and multi-instrumental musician/artist that has been in the rock music world for a long time, Steve Winwood.

In the early days of his career, he was the lead singer of the Spencer Davis Group. They had a couple of hits. If you are as old as me, you will remember one of them well, if you listened to the radio, half as much as I did. Here is Steve in 1997 performing Gimme Some Lovin:




After the Spencer Davis days, he joined forces with Dave Mason, Chris Wood, and the late Jim Capaldi to form the band Traffic. Most of their music was in the "album rock" genre and didn't generate a ton of hits, but one song did manage to get some airplay on album rock stations. Here is Steve as a solo artist, performing Dear Mr. Fantasy:



After Traffic split, he had the opportunity to team up with Eric Clapton for a short run in a band called Blind Faith. Here he is performing one of the songs off of their only album. It's called Can't Find My Way Home (with old "Slow Hand , himself):



In the 80s, Steve had the good fortune of stepping out into the world of solo artistry and made another indelible mark in the rock world. He had a string of hits that are still heard today on classic rock stations everywhere. The following tune is one of my favorites, a jazzy little rock tune that infused several influences into the mix. Here is Roll With It:



Enjoy and have a great weekend.

2 comments:

A.C. McCloud said...

That version of Dear Mr. Fantasy was, to borrow an overused phrase, awesome. BTW, I used to be able to play Low Spark of High Heeled Boys on piano. Not good, but recognizable.

LASunsett said...

AC,

I am glad you enjoyed it. I thought all of them were great, that one included.