Spencer Davis guitar, vocal
Steve Winwood lead vocal, piano, organ, guitar (left 1967)
Muff Winwood bass guitar, vocal (left 1967)
Pete York drums
Eddie Hardin organ, vocal (joined 1967)
Phil Sawyer lead guitar (joined 1967 – left 1968)
Ray Fenwick lead guitar, vocal (joined 1968)

Spencer Davis moved from South Wales to London
as a teenager and played in various skiffle bands.
Like many other teenagers in the UK during the 50’s and 60’s,
Davis found inspiration in the imported American R&B sound
and in 1960 he relocated to Birmingham,
Britain’s second largest city and home to thriving R&B scene.

Spencer studied German at college and later
became a teacher himself at a junior school in Yardley.
He played in various venues around Brum
and sometimes featured alongside Christine Perfect
who later joined Fleetwood Mac.
Spencer, Steve & Muff Winwood played at the
Golden Eagle pub in Hill Street
which was a regular haunt for Midland R&B enthusiasts,
they then formed the Spencer Davis Group along with Pete York.

The Golden Eagle was a popular venue
for up and coming bands from the region and the
Spencer Davis Group were well liked. Spencer Davis performed before Sonny Boy Williamson at the venue
which may have been a blessing for the future.
Meanwhile, Chris Blackwell of Island Records
took a journey north from London to Manchester via Birmingham,
being used to ska and reggae he picked up on Winwood’s
unique soulful voice (for a young white boy from Brum).
The then quartet turned down a record deal from Decca
and went with Fontana records and Island publishing,
the band were signed, albeit with an informal deal
between Island and Fontana.

The band played arduously around Britain with Jackie Edwards
writing one of their first big hits ‘Keep On Running’, later the band
found success through their own song writing abilities
such as ‘I’m A Man’ (a popular MOD song).
Steve Winwood left for pastures new in the late 60’s
, he had ‘Traffic’ on his mind,
Spencer Davis continued the band regardless and recruited new
musicians, one unsuccessful candidate
being Reginald Dwight (Elton John).

The band notched up several other classic late 60’s songs
until Spencer Davis made a move to Germany and then America
where he now lives and still performs,
Steve and Muff Winwood also now reside in the States,
Peter York lives and still entertains in Germany.
These songs continue to inspire thousands of musicians world wide,
long live the unique soulful magic that is
‘The Spencer Davis Group’.

I had the pleasure of meeting these fellas,
and the last time I saw Muff was at Island Records.
As an aspiring songwriter, my management
was hoping he would take up an option
on my songs, he didn’t!!
However fortunately for me, someone else did!

Compiled by Keith Law

Sittin’ & Thinkin’

Spencer Davis Group: Sittin’ And Thinkin’ 1965

1. My Babe (Headfield-Medley) 2’40
2. Dimples (Hooker) 2’22
3. Searchin (Leiber-Stoller) 2’40
4. Every Little Bit Hirts (Cobb) 3’29
5. I’m Blue (Gong Gong Song) (Turner) 2’41
6. Sittin’ And Thinkin’ (Davis) (2’56)
Side 2
7. I Can’t Stand It (McAllister) 2’12
8. Here Right Now (Winwood) (3’13)
9. Jump Back (Thomas) 1’46
10. It’s Gonna Work Out Fine (Seneca-Lee) (3’01)
11. Midnight Train (Roy-Hicks) (2’41)
12. It Hurts Me So (Winwood) (2’56)

Steve Winwood vocal, organ, piano, guitar
Spencer Davis vocal (6), guitar, harmonica
Muff Winwood bass
Peter York drums

Millie (The Jamaican) vocal backing in 5 – Peter Asher piano 5

Released as: “First Album” in 1965, #6 UK
Reissue as Fontana (cheap label) 701 575 WPY
Cover design Jan Lepair & Sonja Van Der Ent
Bought the LP 11.9.1967 12 mk Seinäjoki, Finland

This is an interesting collection of the first singles of the band. The very first single was John Lee Hooker’s song Dimples from 1964. Released as their “First Album” in 1965.
The band was active with the original members from 1963-1967 until Steve Winwood left the band and formed Traffic.
… and the first nr 1 hit single: Keep On Running was still yet to come….

Thanks to Timppa from Finland for the use of the image and information

 

Nick Warburton is compiling an extraordinarily detailed list of gigs by the Spencer Davis Group. We’ll keep it updated as Nick adds dates:

SPENCER DAVIS GROUP

28 June 1964 – Beat City, London with The Clayton Squares (Melody Maker)

7 July 1964 – Attic, Hounslow, Middlesex with Charlie & Inez Foxx and Them (aka Themselves) (Kingston & Malden Borough News/Gray Newell)

12 September 1964 – Attic, Hounslow, Middlesex with The Pitmen (Kingston & Malden Borough News)

4 December 1964 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)
5 December 1964 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear with The Keys (http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

19 January 1965 – Bluesville, Aylesbury, Bucks (http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)
23 January 1965 – Clacton Town Hall, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex with Mark IV and The Blue Berries (Essex County Standard)

13 February 1965 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear with The VIPs (http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)
16 February 1965 – Bluesville, Aylesbury, Bucks (http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)
17 February 1965 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire with support (Camberley News)

1 March 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Mark Leeman Five (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
7 March 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Harrow Weekly Post/Greenford Weekly Post)
22 March 1965 – ‘Bluesville’, Manor House Ballroom, Ipswich, Suffolk (Essex County Standard)

18 April 1965 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

4 May 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Julian Covey & The Machine (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
9 May 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex with The Vagabonds (Harrow Weekly Post/Greenford Weekly Post)
16 May 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Harrow Weekly Post/Greenford Weekly Post)

2 June 1965 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Camberley News)
2 June 1965 – Farnborough Town Hall, Farnborough, Hampshire (Aldershot News)
15 June 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Mark Leeman Five (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
27 June 1965 – Blue Moon Hayes, Middlesex (Hayes Gazette)
29 June 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Mark Leeman Five (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

7 July 1965 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)
20 July 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Mark Leeman Five (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
26 July 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, London (Wood Green & Southgate Weekly Herald)

3 August 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Mark Leeman Five (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
6 August 1965 – Droitwich Winter Gardens, Droitwich, Worcestershire with The Ravons (Worcester Evening News)
27 August 1965 – Galaxy Club, Town Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette)
31 August 1965 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)

4 September 1965 – Georgian Club, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Hayes Gazette)
5 September 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Harrow Weekly Post/Greenford Weekly Post)
7 September 1965 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)
10 September 1965 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with The Soundtrekkers and Blues By Five (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)
16 September 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Bo Street Runners (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
20 September 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Walthamstow Guardian)
21 September 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Mark Leeman Five (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
24 September 1965 – Astoria, Finsbury Park with The Rolling Stones, The Checkmates, Unit 4 Plus 2, Ray Cameron, Charles Dickens & The Habits and The End (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

19 October 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Mark Leeman Five (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

9 November 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Mark Leeman Five (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
15 November 1965 – ‘Bluesville’, Manor House Ballroom, Ipswich, Suffolk (Essex County Standard)
16 November 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Mark Leeman Five (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
20 November 1965 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear with Junco Partners (http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

6 December 1965 – Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, Middlesex (Walthamstow Guardian)
7 December 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Alex Harvey Group (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
19 December 1965 – Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex (Hayes Gazette)

2 January 1966 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)
11 January 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Alex Harvey Group (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
20 January 1966 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)
21 January 1966 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Rockhouse Band and The Skyliners (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)
23 January 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)
29 January 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with The Motovations (David Allen research)
30 January 1966 – Black Prince, Bexley, Kent (Fabulous 208/Mick Capewell’s Marmalade Skies)

1 February 1966 – High Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (Bucks Free Press)
6 February 1966 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey with The Alley Cats (Aldershot News)
10 February 1966 – Smethwick Baths, Smethwick, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
22 February 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Bluesology (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
23 February 1966 – Stevenage Mecca, Locarno, Stevenage, Hertfordshire (http://www.coda-uk.co.uk/60’s_music_scene.htm)

3 March 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London with Paul Fenton & The Crowd (Melody Maker)
7 March 1966 – Bluesville, Manor House, Ipswich (Evening Star, Ipswich)
8 March 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Jimmy Cliff & The New Generation (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
11 March 1966 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)
12 March 1966 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire (Steve Chapples research: www.lankybeat.com)
19 March 1966 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Soundtrack (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)
20 March 1966 – Plaza Ballroom, Handsworth, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

2 April 1966 – Smethwick Baths, Smethwick, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)
6 April 1966 – Orchid Ballroom, Purley, Surrey (Coulson & Purley Advertiser)
7 April 1966 – Carousel Club, Camp Road, Farnbrough, Hampshire with support (Aldershot News)
10 April 1966 – Chelmsford Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex (Essex Chronicle)
15 April 1966 – Fairfield Hall, Croydon, Surrey with The Who, The Merseys and The Band of Angels (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)
17 April 1966 – The Regal, Edmonton, Middlesex with The Rolling Stones, The New Merseys, Mike Sarne & The Band of Angels (Tottenham Weekly Herald)

10 May 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Jimmy Cliff Sound (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
29 May 1966 – Britannia Theatre, Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with Pinkerton’s Colours, Barry Fontoni, Ray Cameron and The Driftwood (Eastern Evening News)

13 June 1966 – Bluesville, Manor House, Ipswich (Evening Star, Ipswich)
14 June 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Jimmy Cliff Sound (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

3 July 1966 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire (Steve Chapples research: www.lankybeat.com)
16 July 1966 – Ritz Ballroom, King’s Heath and Plaza Ballroom, Handsworth, West Midlands (Fabulous 208/Birmingham Evening Mail) WORLD CUP SPECIAL
17 July 1966 – North Pier, Blackpool, Lancashire (Fabulous 208)
19 July 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Habits (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
23 July 1966 – The New Scene, Corn Exchange, Leicester (club’s opening night) (Leicester Mercury)
30 July 1966 – Spa Royal Ballroom, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire (Fabulous 208)

21-23 August 1966 – Magoo’s Club, Edinburgh (Fabulous 208)
25 August 1966 – Palace Ballroom, Douglas, Isle of Man (Fabulous 208)
27 August 1966 – St George’s Ballroom, Guernsey (Fabulous 208)

1 September 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)
3 September 1966 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire (Fabulous 208)
4 September 1966 – North Pier, Blackpool, Lancashire (Fabulous 208)
20 September 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Wynder K Frog (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
22 September 1966 – Locarno, Streatham, London (Fabulous 208)

6 October 1966 – Locarno, Burnley, Lancashire (Fabulous 208)
10 October 1966 – Locarno Ballroom, Bristol (Evening Post, Bristol/Fabulous 208)
21 October 1966 – The Marquee Show, Fairfield Hall, Croydon, Surrey with The Move, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, Wynder K Frog, The Herd and The VIPs (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)
24 October 1966 – Pavilion, Bath (Fabulous 208)
25 October 1966 – Winter Gardens, Malvern, Worcestershire (Fabulous 208)
28 October 1966 – ‘The Manor’, Newington Public Hall, Walworth Road, Southwark, London with The Only Ones (South East London Mercury)
29 October 1966 – Adelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich, West Midlands (Fabulous 208)

1 November 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Episode Six (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
5 November 1966 – Leeds University (Fabulous 208)
11 November 1966 – Metropole, Brighton with Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band (Fabulous 208)
12 November 1966 – University College, London (Fabulous 208)

19 December 1966 – Sliver Blades, Streatham (Coulson & Purley Advertiser)
20 December 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Syn (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
30 December 1966 – R&B Club, Forest Gate, Essex (Fabulous 208) PROBABLY THE UPPER CUT (PLAYED HERE WITH MACK SOUND SAME DATE)
31 December 1966 – Annabel’s, Berkeley Square, London (Fabulous 208)

6 January 1967 – Matrix Hall, Coventry, West Midlands with Tony Rivers & The Castaways, Jigsaw and Lovers Lot (Coventry Evening Telegraph)
7 January 1967 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire (Steve Chapples research: www.lankybeat.com)
8 January 1967 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Johnny Rogers Band (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)
14 January 1967 – Floral Hall, Southport, Lancashire (Lancashire Evening Post)
21 January 1967 – Gaiety Ballroom, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)
22 January 1967 – Tofts, Folkestone, Kent (Melody Maker)

3 February 1967 – ICI, Pontypool, Wales (Fabulous 208)
4 February 1967 – Liverpool University, Liverpool (Record Mirror)
7 February 1967 – Manchester University, Manchester (Record Mirror)
7 February 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Syn (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)
8 February 1967 – Kingsway Theatre, Hadleigh, Essex with Sounds Incorporated, The Fourmost, The Human Instinct and The James Royal Set (Essex Chronicle/Southend Standard)
9 February 1967 – Top Deck, Purfleet, Essex (Record Mirror)
11 February 1967 – Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with Wynder K Frog, Equals and Ray Bones (Lincolnshire Standard)
14 February 1967 – Sherwood Rooms, Nottingham (Record Mirror)
17 February 1967 – Sheffield University, Sheffield (Record Mirror)
18 February 1967 – Dudley Technical College, Dudley, West Midlands (Record Mirror)
21 February 1967 – King’s, Aberystwyth, Wales (Record Mirror)

24-28 March 1967 – Scandinavian tour

Eastern Evening News (27 February 1967, page 12): Steve Winwood announces he’s leaving. He parts company on 2 April at the end of the Hollies tour. Five strong new SDG due to appear at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich on 16 May 1967. The band is currently in Scandinavia.

19 May 1967 – Marine Ballroom, Morecambe, Lancashire (Fabulous 208)
19 May 1967 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire (Steve Chapples research: www.lankybeat.com)
21 May 1967 – Fiesta Club, Stockton (Fabulous 208)
22 May 1967 – Top Hat, Spennymoor (Fabulous 208)
23-27 May 1967 – Fiesta Club, Stockton and Top Hat, Spennymoor (Fabulous 208)

South East London Mercury (28 May 1967, page 2): Eddie Hardin article. Says that Wild Uncertainty became The Wild Angels.

30 May 1967 – Marquee, London with Wynder K Frog (Disc says this is debut of new line up)

Kingston and Malden Borough News (28 July 1967, page 7) has good photo of new line-up

7 November 1967 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire (Steve Chapples research: www.lankybeat.com)

2 March 1968 – Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire (Steve Chapples research: www.lankybeat.com)
13 March 1968 – Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham with Manfred Mann, The Moody Blues, Don Partridge and The Piccadilly Line (Birmingham Evening Mail)
16 March 1968 – Civic Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire with Jason T Alexandra & The Soulettes (Evening Sentinel/Nantwich Chronicle/Crewe Chronicle)

21 September 1968 – Gaiety Ballroom, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire with Chicago Line (Website: http://peterboroughimages.co.uk/music/?p=8130)

4 October 1968 – Swansea University with Californians and Pyramids (South Wales Evening Post)

20 February 1969 – Imperial College, Charity Concert, Royal Albert Hall with The Move, Status Quo, East of Eden and The Nashville Teens (Melody Maker)