Spencer Davis, the British musician behind the band The Spencer Davis Group and one of those responsible for successes like Gimme Some Lovin, He died this Tuesday at the age of 81.
His agent Bob Birk explained to media such as BBC and The New York Times that Davis died in a hospital in Los Angeles (USA) where he was admitted for a weekdue to pneumonia.
The Spencer Davis Group was one of the groups that formed the so-called “British invasion” from the 1960s, which is colloquially known for the fabulous success that many pop bands from the islands achieved in the United States in that decade.
With The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or The Who as banners, the “British invasion” also included bands like The Spencer Davis Group, which began its journey at the beginning of the 60s in Birmingham (United Kingdom).
One of the successes of Spencer Davis, who was born in 1939 in the Welsh city of Swansea, was to sign for his still stammering group a then unknown and adolescent musician named Steve Winwood.
The legends within rock tell that the rest of the members of the band let Spencer Davis star in the name of the group so that he give the interviews and the rest could continue sleeping in the meantime.
In any case, with Davis on guitar; Steve Winwood as lead singer, guitarist, and organ; his brother Muff Winwood on bass; and Peter York as drummer, the band achieved their first triumph in 1965 with Keep on Running.
But that success would be little compared to what they achieved in 1966 with Gimme Some Lovin“, his most popular song and still a total classic of rock radios today.
Other songs like I’m a Man in which the exciting combination of rock sixties with airs of blues that characterized The Spencer Davis Group.
But just as the incorporation of Steve Winwood was a boost to the project, his departure in 1967 to first form Traffic and then achieve solo stardom knocked The Spencer Davis Group offside just as they were at the top on both sides of the Atlantic.
The band continued for a short time without even reaching the brilliance of its golden era and throughout the decades had several reincarnations in mode revival.
For his part, Davis, who moved to California, He also worked for the other side of the music industry as an executive.