Spencer Davis Group

The Spencer Davis Group are a British band formed in Birmingham in 1963, by Spencer Davis (guitar) with Steve Winwood (keyboards, guitar) and his brother, Muff Winwood (bass guitar) and Pete York (drums). Their best known songs include the UK number ones "Somebody Help Me" and "Keep on Running" (both written by reggae musician Jackie Edwards), "I'm a Man" and "Gimme Some Lovin'", which reached #2 in the UK and #7 in the US.

Steve Winwood left in 1967 to form Traffic before joining Blind Faith, then forging a career as a solo artist. After releasing a few more singles, the band ceased to be active in 1968. Davis refounded the group on two more occasions, without the involvement of the Winwood brothers, first in 1973–1974 for two more albums, and again from 2006, since when they have primarily been a touring act.

Links to Peel

John Peel was aware of the Spencer Davis Group from his time in the USA, where their singles "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "I'm A Man" made the Top Ten charts. They were one of the most successful groups of the mid-1960s and were heavily featured in the British pop press. Some of their songs were also featured in his KMEN British Pop Top Ten on KMEN radio between 1966 and 1967 in San Bernardino.

Peel also saw the Spencer Davis Group at Liverpool's Cavern Club during a holiday in the UK in 1965, according to the book The Cavern Club: The Rise Of The Beatles And Merseyside. [1] They lost much of their popularity after Steve Winwood left to form Traffic and had no more major hits, but did a session for Top Gear at the end of 1967.

Steve Winwood remained the most famous ex-member of the Spencer Davis Group and his work with Traffic was reguarly featured on Peel's shows until the mid-1970s. Spencer Davis himself pursued a more low-key career as an acoustic artist, while Eddie Hardin and Pete York formed the band Hardin-York, which attracted some attention, but not from Peel. However, Muff Winwood, Steve's brother, became a record producer and A&R man with Island Records and later CBS. He was involved with many artists Peel featured, including Mott The Hoople, Sparks, the Sutherland Brothers, and Kevin Ayers


1. Recorded: 1967-12-30. Broadcast: 07 January 1968

  • Taking Out Time / Mr Second Class / Time Sailor / Don't Want You No More / With His New Face On

Other Shows Played

Mr Second Class (Stereo)

Mr Second Class (Stereo)

  • 21 January 1968: Taking Out Time (shared LP with Traffic - Here We Go 'Round The Mulberry Bush (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)) United Artists

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