Steve Winwoodwas born on May 12, 1948 in Handsworth, Birmingham, England. He is a singer, songwriter, and plays many instruments. He has not only received success as a soloist, but he has earned success as a member of the groups Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Go, and Blind faith. While he was still in school, he was a part of the Birmingham rhythm and blues scene. He played the organ and the guitar, and was a backup singer for Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Howlin’ Wolf, B. B. King, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Eddie Boyd, Otis Span, Chuck Berry, and Bo Diddley. He did this for the singers when they were on their U. K. Tours, which was normal for U. S. Singers to get back up singers there while they were there.
Steve was only 15 when he joined the band, Spencer Davis Group. His brother, Muff, also joined the group. After he left there, he formed the group, Traffic, which included Chris Wood, Jim Capaldi, and Dave Mason. He also joined Eric Clapton as a part of the group, Powerhouse, for a brief period of time. In the late 1960's. Steve became close friends with Jimi Hendrix. In 1969, he gave a performance on Joe Cocker’s, With A Little Help from My Friends. And later played keyboard on albums for Toots & The Maytals, Reggae Got Soul, and Howlin Wolf.
Steve Winwood formed the Blind Faith band in 1969 with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Ric Grech. The group was short lived because Clapton left because of interests in Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. Steve, Winwood, and Grech stayed together and formed the band, Ginger Baker’s Air Force. This group did not last long either so Steve went on to do studio work on a new album. He also asked Chris Wood and Jim Capaldi to help with session work. In 1976, Steve played the guitar on the Fania All Stars’ recording, Delicate and Jumpy. He went on to do his first solo album in 1977 and it was followed, in 1980, by his hit albums, Arc of A Diver, and in 1982, Talking Back To the Night. He recorded these hits in his home and he played all of the instruments by himself.
Steve was at the peak of his commercial success in 1988 and he signed with Virgin Records. He released, Roll With It, and Refugees Of the Heart. The album Roll With It and also the title track hit number 1 on the Billboards Album and Singles charts. He went on to have more releases of albums and singles. Steve released 11 albums with the group, Traffic, 1 album with Blind faith, 11 solo albums, and 9 compilations. He also released 39 singles during his career.
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