I’m A Man – Spencer Davis Group | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#10); 1967

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

By the time Gimme Some Lovin’ finally caught on in the U.S., the Spencer Davis Group had five hits to its credit in England. The most recent was I’m A Man which rocked into the UK Top 10 as Lovin’ was making its mark Stateside. Written by Jimmy Miller, the group’s American producer, and Steve Winwood, I’m A Man debuted on the pop chart while Gimme Some Lovin’ was still in the Top 40. Just as things were kicking into high gear, Winwood and his bassist brother, Mervyn, departed. Davis patched things up as best he could, however, the new configuration paled next to the old, squeaking only to #30 and #35 in the UK with the next two SDG singles. Davis and Winwood reunited briefly on some tracks for the soundtrack to Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush. Also, appearing on the Mulberry project were cuts from Winwood’s new group, Traffic, whose debut single – Paper Sun – had taken off just as the SDG was enjoying its greatest success.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Jimmy Miller

Lyrics Written by:

  • Steve Winwood
  • Jimmy Miller