Chart Performance: Pop (#7); 1967
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
Steve Winwood – founding member of Traffic and solo hitmaker – was only 12 in 1960, and already playing in brother Mervyn’s jazz band. Drummer Peter York signed on and, after the group’s repertoire became blusier, musician friend Spencer Davis suggested they all pool their talents. In mid-1963, the Spencer Davis Group moved from its Birmingham home base to London’s Flamingo club. 1964 saw them release their take on John Lee Hooker’s Dimples, followed by their first UK chart entry, I Can’t Stand It. After a couple more minor performers, the SPG hit the top in 1966 with two songs originally recorded by Jackie Edwards; Keep On Running and Somebody Help Me. The end of the year found them at #2 with Gimme Some Lovin’, written by Winwood. This time the States also caught on, and in February, 1967, Lovin’ peaked at #7. While I’m A Man reached #10 and Somebody Help Me struggled to #47 in the U.S., Steve and Mervyn handed in their resignations, and the Spencer Davis Group was soon history.
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- Chris Blackwell
- Jimmy Miller
Lyrics Written by:
- Steve Winwood
- Spencer Davis
- Muff Winwood