Saturday, May 12, 2007

They Say It's Your Birthday

The great Steve (nee Stevie) Winwood turns 59 today.

Here's a clip of the lad doing Somebody Help Me with the Spencer Davis Group in the fullness of his Boy Genius period circa 1966. Great song, actually.

Although I'm reminded that the late sainted Lester Bangs, reviewing one of Winwood's lesser tours with Traffic in the early 70s, famously observed that the good thing about being a Boy Genius is that if your career winds down there's still time to go to dental school.

[h/t to numero uno Stevie fan Kerrin L. Griffith]

3 comments:

Gummo said...

John Barleycorn was one of THE soundtrack albums for my high school days.

It's always a bit freaky to remember how young Winwood started, and how young he is.

Well, 59's not too old to still be playing your organ, now, is it?

dave™© said...

John Barleycorn was one of THE soundtrack albums for my high school days.

I came in a little later... "Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys."

Later, though, I really enjoyed the "Paper Sun" period Traffic immensely...

Nancy Willing said...

Bless the aging king Winwood

I have a double album of Winwood over a few decades worth of samples of his bands. It has quite a few numbers from the Spencer Davis Group.

Just awesome.