Steve Winwood Wanted Some Loving

John Hale writes about Steve Winwood's hit with the Spencer Davis Group, 'Give me some loving.' This version was recorded later in Steve's career when he was solo. I had him for a while in Traffic, and enjoyed a great performance at the Filmore West when they came to San Francisco. After bringing him a box of the group's LP's for '"promotion," the late Bill Graham made me stand in line and buy a ticket to see my act. -- TDR

Stevie Winwood, back in the fall of 1966, didn't sound like any other popular singer on the music charts. He was a teenager fronting the Spencer Davis Group, and the British press described him as a white, teenaged version of Ray Charles. With his trademark rough growl, Winwood sounded like anything but a teenager.

The fall of '66 is when the band scored their breakthrough hit, "Gimme Some Lovin'." It's considered one of the best hard rock songs ever, climbing to number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart, and coming in at number 247 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Stevie Winwood? He would stick with the Spencer Davis Group for two more years, before leaving to found the legendary album rock group Traffic. Steve Winwood was also, along with legendary British guitarist Eric Clapton, a member of the short-lived supergroup Blind Faith. In the eighties, Winwood emerged as a solo act, and scored a series of hits under his own name. "Gimme Some Lovin'" remains one of those songs that makes you crank the volume whenever it's played.

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