Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Steve Winwood! (61)

He was a member of The Spencer Davis Group at age 15, a founder of the eclectic band Traffic at 19, at 21 he was part of the super group Blind Faith. He later reformed Traffic and found its greatest commercial success. And for more than 40 years he has been part of rock's royalty.

Today singer- composer and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Steve Winwood is 61 years old. Congrats to one of my all time favorites.

I only saw Winwood once- that was back in January, 1972 with the reformed Traffic...Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood, Rebop, and the Muscle Shoals rhythm section of Roger Hawkins and David Hood. The show was at the old ACADEMY OF MUSIC in New York. As a special treat Dave Mason did a walk on to do the guitar solo at the end of HEAVEN IS IN YOUR MIND, Traffic's encore. The opening act, by the way, was JJ Cale. He was great as well.

Steve is currently touring with old friend Eric Clapton. Here's a list of tour dates.

And here's vid or two of Steve and Eric together.

For more on Steve check here, stevewinwood.com.

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