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Spencer Davis

Spencer Davis (1939–2020), classic rock legend

by Kirk Fox

Spencer Davis was the namesake and guitarist of the legendary classic rock band The Spencer Davis Group known for their hits “Gimme Some Lovin” and “I’m A Man.”  

  • Died: Monday October 19, 2020 (Who else died on October 19?)
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 81 at a hospital while being treated for pneumonia. 
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Classic Rock Legend 

Spencer Davis saw a teenage Steve Winwood and his brother Muff playing in a club in 1963. Impressed, he recruited them and drummer Pete York to start a band. They first called themselves The Rhythm and Blues Quartette and then changed their name to The Spencer Davis Group in 1964. With Steve Winwood on lead vocals and Spencer Davis on guitar and backing vocals, the band was known for the hits “Gimme Some Lovin” and “I’m a Man.” Steve Winwood left the group in 1967 to form Traffic and the band continued with new members until breaking up in 1969. Davis began a solo music career, and The Spencer Davis Group would occasionally reunite.  

On not making money with the band’s record contract

“I didn’t realise what had been going on. I’d sold millions of records and hadn’t seen a penny from them. In 1970, I was considering declaring bankruptcy, but I’d written a track with Eddie Hardin, called ‘Don’t Want You No More,’ which the Allman Brothers put on their Beginnings album. The damned thing sold six million copies. Suddenly a cheque for £5,000 arrived through the door and I’d never seen so much money in all my life. I saw more money from that one song than I saw from all the stuff that had been an Island production.” —Davis told Music Mart Magazine in 2005


What they said about him

Full Obituary: BBC

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