The Spencer Davis Group is a British rock band, originally from Birmingham (United Kingdom), founded in 1963 by Spencer Davis, Pete York, Stevie Winwood and his brother Muff.
Stevie Winwood was previously the leader of the Rhythm and Blues Quartet, playing jazz, and accompanying blues' "big names" such as Memphis Slim, Champion Jack Dupree ... He became the organist of the Spencer Davis Group, with his organ Hammond, with warm sounds, he was also a guitarist. His voice, similar to that of the American black bluesmen, attracted attention.
This group was also composed of Spencer Davis on guitar, Muff Winwood (Stevie's older brother) on bass, and Peter York on drums. Among their successes are Keep On Running, Somebody Help Me, Dust my Blues, Midnight Special ( en) and Gimme Some Lovin '(among others). Also note the interpretation of Georgia on My Mind (see Ray Charles) and Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out, a classic black American blues, not to mention their hits I'm a Man that was going to resume in 1969 the American group Chicago Transit Authority (with jazz influences) and Gimme Some Lovin 'in the movie The Blues Brothers in 1980.
Steve Winwood later trained other major bands like Traffic in 1967, Blind Faith in 1969, and pursued a solo career after 1975.