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Steve Winwood was born in Birmingham, England, in 1948. As a child, Steve learned to play the piano, guitar, and drums, and enjoyed swing and jazz music. At age 15, Steve Winwood joined The Spencer Davis Group with his brother, Muff. He helped create the band's two biggest hits, "Gimme Some Lovin" and "I'm a Man," before he was twenty years old. In 1967, the singer left The Spencer Davis Group to form the rock band Traffic with Chris Wood, Jim Capaldi and Dave Mason. Over the next ten years, Traffic released seven Top 20 albums. Famous Traffic albums include Mr. Fantasy, John Barleycorn Must Die, and Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory, but this was only the beginning for the young musician.
In 1969, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood, Ric Grech, and Eric Clapton formed a supergroup called Blind Faith. Although they only produced one album, it was a major success. Blind Faith reached #1 on the charts in both the US and the UK and sold half a million copies within the first month of release. Despite the buzz of excitement, Blind Faith broke up after about seven months and Steve Winwood eventually pursued a solo career.
Perhaps he was tired of dealing with artistic differences, but Steve released his first solo album, Steve Winwood, in 1977. This album launched a highly successful period in the artist's career that included Steve Winwood tour dates and four platinum albums, Arc of a Diver, Talking Back to the Night, Back in the High Life, and Roll With It. Completed in 1988, Roll With It sparked the most sales, reaching the top of the Billboard charts while going double platinum. Recently, the blues singer has worked with Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Tom Petty, and Eric Clapton. He released a new album, Nine Lives, in 2008.