2016 WNCX Hall Of Fame Inductee – Steve Miller Band

 

Steve Miller (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Steve Miller (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Moving to Chicago to play the blues in the mid 60’s, Steve Miller and keyboardist Barry Goldberg formed the Goldberg-Miller Blues Band. The band signed a contract with Epic after working the Chicago club circuit.

Miller then moved to San Francisco and formed the first incarnation of the Steve Miller Blues Band. After many free concerts, an opening gig for Chuck Berry at the Fillmore West (later released as a live album)  and playing the Monterey Pop Festival, Capitol/EMI Records signed them to a landmark contract ($860,000 over five years as well as $25,000 of promotion money that was to be spent at the band’s discretion) in 1967. Shortly after, the band’s name was shortened to the Steve Miller Band in order to broaden its appeal.

Steve Miller Band: Sailor

Steve Miller Band: Sailor

The band flew to London in 1968 to record Children of the Future, which was praised by critics and received some airplay on FM radio. The second album Sailor appeared in October 1968 and climbed the Billboard chart to #24. Brave New World (1969) featured “Space Cowboy” and “My Dark Hour”, which was co-written by “Paul Ramon” (alias Paul McCartney) who also played drums, bass and guitar and sang backing vocals. This was followed by Your Saving Grace (1969) and Number 5 (1970). Released in 1971, Rock Love broke Miller’s streak, and he followed it with the hit or miss Recall the Beginning: A Journey from Eden. Things began to look even worse for Miller when he broke his neck in a car accident and subsequently developed hepatitis, which put him out of commission for most of 1972 and early 1973.

Steve Miller Band: Brave New World

Steve Miller Band: Brave New World

Miller spent his time recuperating by reinventing himself as a blues-influenced pop/rocker, leaving the psychedelic side of the band behind. This new sound was introduced on his 1973 LP, The Joker, and was an instant success, with the album going platinum and the title track hitting number one on the pop charts.

Steve Miller Band: The Joker

Steve Miller Band: The Joker

After taking time off,  the band returned 3 years later with the album Fly Like an Eagle, which charted at #3, and Book of Dreams, #2, at approximately the same time. Miller again took some time off, not returning again until late 1981 with Circle of Love. Just six months later, Miller released Abracadabra, and the title track gave him his third #1 single. The remaining albums released in the ’80s included Italian X Rays (1984), Living in the 20th Century (1986) and Born 2B Blue (1988). The early ’90s saw Miller return to form with Wide River. In 2010, the band released Bingo!, the first release on Miller’s own Space Cowboy Records. Let Your Hair Down, a companion release to Bingo!, was released 10 months later. Along with much controversy, Steve Miller inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2016.

Steve Miller attends the 31st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Steve Miller attends the 31st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

FOUNDING MEMBERS:

  • Steve Miller – guitar, vocals, harmonica, keyboards, synthesizers (1966-Present)
  • James “Curley” Cooke – guitar (1967, died 2011)
  • Lonnie Turner – bass, guitar, backing vocals (1966-1970, 1973-1978)
  • Tim Davis – drums, vocals (1966-1970, died 1988)
  • Jim Peterman – keyboards, organs, backing vocals (1966-1968)
  • See more and current members here.

NE OHIO CONCERTS

  • Blossom Music Center – June 17, 1990
  • Blossom Music Center – July 18, 1991
  • CSU Convocation Center – April 22, 1992
  • Blossom Music Center – June 18, 1993
  • Blossom Music Center – July 6, 1994
  • Blossom Music Center – July 17, 1996
  • Jacob’s Pavilion at Nautica – June 23, 2012
  • Blossom Music Center – July 8, 2014
  • Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park – June 17, 2016

TOP SONGS

  • Living In The U.S.A.
  • Take The Money and Run
  • Fly Like An Eagle
  • Going To The Country
  • The Joker
  • Brave New World
  • Jet Airliner
  • Space Cowboy
  • Jackson-Kent Blues
  • Quicksilver Girl
  • Rock ‘n Me
  • Abracadabra

SourcesWikipedia.org | Billboard.com | Setlist.fm

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