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Spencer Davis, ’60s British bandleader behind ‘Gimme Some Lovin’’ with Steve Winwood, has died

Spencer Davis, the veteran British rocker whose 1960s beat band with a teenage Steve Winwood spawned the transatlantic mega-hit “Gimme Some Lovin ‘,” has died.

The guitarist died Monday at the age of 81 while being treated in a hospital for pneumonia, his agent told the BBC.

Davis co-founded The Spencer Davis Group in 1963 with 14-year-old Winwood and his older brother Muff Winwood after seeing the brothers perform in a Birmingham pub.

From left to right are Spencer Davis, Peter York, Steve Winwood, and Muff Winwood of the Spencer Davis Group in the mid-1960s.
From left to right are Spencer Davis, Peter York, Steve Winwood, and Muff Winwood of the Spencer Davis Group in the mid-1960s. (Michael Ochs Archives)
They had their first number one single with “Keep on Running” in 1965 and released the blues rock classic “I’m a Man” before Winwood left the group in 1967 to form Traffic.

Spencer Davis Group’s greatest hits included Winwood on vocals, but the band was named Davis because it was he who “enjoyed doing interviews,” Muff Winwood told Mojo in 1997.

Spencer Davis and Steve Winwood are seen in 1994.
Spencer Davis and Steve Winwood are seen in 1994. (Steve Granitz / WireImage)
“If we called him the Spencer Davis Group, the rest of us could stay in bed and let him do it,” Muff said.

Davis continued performing after the two Winwood brothers’ departure, reforming the Spencer Davis Group in the 1970s and touring as recently as 2017.

He also worked as an A&R executive at Island Records in the mid-1970s, promoting the likes of Bob Marley, Robert Palmer, and Steve Winwood in his solo career.

Spencer Davis Age

81 years
1939-2020
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Spencer Davis, band leader of the Spencer Davis Group, dies at 81. Spencer Davis, who as the bandleader for the Spencer Davis Group topped the UK charts twice in the mid-1960s, died aged 81 while being treated for pneumonia in hospital.

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“He was a very good friend,” Bob Birk, who worked with Davis for more than 30 years, told the BBC.

“He was a highly ethical man, very talented, good-hearted, extremely intelligent and generous,” Birk said. “We will miss you”.

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