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 had been aware of Steve Winwood's work with 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. Some of their songs were also featured in his KMEN British Pop Top Ten on KMEN radio between 1966 and 1967 in San Bernardino.
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
- 31 December 1967: Mr. Second Class (single) United Artists
- 21 January 1968: Taking Out Time (shared LP with Traffic - Here We Go 'Round The Mulberry Bush (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)) United Artists