Spencer Davis Group是steve winwood早期组建的一只乐队steve winwood 曾被 al kooper 评论为“我见过的最好的白人布鲁斯歌手”。 winwood 在伯明翰的 spencer davis group 担任歌手和键盘手时就小有名气。 之后，他加入 traffic 乐队。 winwood 出生在英格兰伯明翰市，他 14 岁时就是一个爵士乐队的风琴手，并且掌握了许多不同的音乐风格，包括布鲁斯、爵士、民歌、斯加、摇滚等等。 另外，steve winwood离开后，取代他位置的是Phil Sawyer（Fleur de Lys、Shotgun Express）His ferocious soul-drenched vocals belying his tender teenage years, Stevie Winwood powered the Spencer Davis Groups three biggest U.S. hits during their brief life span as one of the British Invasions most convincing R&B-based combos.Guitarist Davis formed the band with Winwood on organ, his brother Muff Winwood on bass, and drummer Peter York. Signing on with producer Chris Blackwell, the quartet got their first hit (the blistering Keep on Running) from another of Blackwells acts, West Indian performer Jackie Edwards. After topping the British charts in 1965, the song struggled on the lower reaches of the US Hot 100.The groups two hottest sellers were self-penned projects. Gimme Some Lovin and Im a Man were searing showcases for the adolescent Winwoods gritty vocals and blazing keyboards and the bands pounding rhythms. Although they burned up the charts even on the other side of the ocean in 1967, the quartet never capitalized on their fame with an American tour. At the height of their power, Winwood left to form Traffic, leaving Davis without his dynamic frontman. The bandleader focused on producing other acts, including a Canadian ensemble called the Downchild Blues Band during the early 80s.