A Rock Legend ...
from Wales, Spencer founded the famed Spencer Davis Group in 1963, producing a dozen top 10 hit songs,
including "Gimme Some Lovin", "Somebody Help Me",
"Iím a Man", and "Keep On Runnin", helping to
bring British rock Ďn roll to the rest of the world.
The popularity of his songs live on and
Spencer recently accepted an award from BMI in London for over 3 million
broadcast performances of "Gimme Some Lovin."
Over the decades Spencer's songs continue to live on in
movies, such as Tropic Thunder, Big Chill, Mr.
Destiny, Days of Thunder, Top Gun, Mr. Holland's Opus,
Notting Hill, Iron Eagle, The Blues Brothers, Flight of the Phoenix, just to
name a few.
EARLY MUSIC CAREER
Starting out with degrees in modern languages from the University of
fluency in German, French and Spanish), Spencer left his teaching career
to begin his music career in Birmingham, recruiting drummer Pete York and
brothers, Muff and Steve Winwood. Davis performed on guitar,
vocals and harmonica.
By the end of 1966, the
group had numerous rock hits, including Gimme Some
Lovin and I'm a Man, these two songs became
their best-known successes, especially in the U.S.
Touring with the Rolling Stones and
when they were still working clubs, having after-hour drinks with The Beatles, jamming with
John Baldry, Charlie
Long and Jack Bruce were
heady days for Spencer. When the hits started to come one after the other,
his momentum spurred major US success.
Moving to America in 1970, Spencer went on
to forge a solo career, forming an acoustic blues
band, which included Richard Landis
(former Juice Newton producer/manager) and Peter Jameson. By
the mid-í70s Spencer worked at Island Records (his groupís label) as a
record company executive, personally helping to further the profiles of
and Bob Marley.
THE EIGHTIES AND NINETIES
In the early 80's Spencer was head of A&R
for a Hollywood-based independent label and the itch to play in a band
again was coming back. Thatís when he made his next album, ďCrossfireĒ,
with guests like Dusty Springfield,
Flo and Eddie, and Booker T. Jones.
mid 80's, Spencer was back on the road with his own band, touring America,
Europe and the Middle East. Playing with Pete
York, plus other British rock legends. By 1987 he was performing well
over 100 shows a year. Including guest appearances with the
Grateful Dead, Levon Helm,
Springsteen's E Street Band, Peter Noone, Downchild, and
In the early 90ís audiences watched Spencer
pick up the pace, criss-crossing through the US and Canada with forays into
Europe, including opening for Hall & Oates and
the Marshall Tucker Band.
In 1993, Spencer united with three other
famed musicians to form The
Classic Rock All-Stars
(Mike Pinera-Iron Butterfly, Jerry Corbetta-Sugarloaf, and Pete Rivera-Rare
Earth). The group released
a self-titled album together and
toured the US, Canada and Japan. Davis left the
Classic Rock All-Stars
in 1995 and continued touring Europe and the US into 1997.
The Spencer Davis
Group's popularity in Europe put Spencer on a World Tour with his European
members. Spencer then signed a record deal with CMC who
released the recording initially throughout Europe, consisting
of a mix of new originals and classic hits.
The mid 90's also landed him on TV
documentaries, and the TV
special, "The History of Rock 'n Roll,"
as well as a co-starring role in the hit series, "Married
In the Fall of 1996, Spencer teamed up with
The World Classic Rockers, comprising of
Carmine Appice-Vanilla Fudge, Bobby Kimball-Toto, Denny Laine-McCartney and
Wings, Randy Meisner-The Eagles, and Michael Monarch-Steppenwolf.
Spencer also contributed to the release of World Classic Rockers-Double CD
and toured extensively with them.
Throughout 2001 and 2002 the Spencer Davis Group continued entertaining millions with their classic
repertoire with marathon tours in the USA, Canada, the UK and the Middle
East. 2003 brought Spencer
through tours of Italy and Germany, side-stepping into the studio to record three new
songs for his new upcoming CD.
Early 2004, Davis took to the road again,
touring the U.S. and the U.K, including shows in his native Wales homeland. He finished up in the Royal Festival Hall
in London with his friends, The
Yardbirds before heading back to Hungary and Germany.
teamed up with the Rock and Roll Army,
consisting of Felix Cavaliere, Mitch Ryder, and Rick Derringer.
2006 kicked off with a special
guest appearance at David Fishof's "Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp" in
Hollywood, followed by a Battle of the Bands at the House of Blues and
concert with Roger Daltry.
Spencer then released an all-original new CD/DVD, titled
SO FAR in the summer of 2006. Followed by a quick foray into The
Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia and ending with an extensive tour
Currently in 2009, Spencer is
embarking an extensive tour throughout the US and the UK, with legendary
rock group Animals & Friends. The current line-up of the Spencer
Davis Group consists of Tom Fillman on drums, Edward Tree on
guitar, Jim Blazer on keyboards and Taras Prodaniuk on bass.
and be on the lookout for the band to come your way!