Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Spotlight on Steve Miller Band

One of the cutting-edge musical groups emerging from the late 1960s was the Steve Miller Band

The group created a distinctive sound, combining Chicago-infused blues and West Coast-influenced rock to become a major act from the late 1960s to the early '80s.

I first became a fan of the group in 1968 with the "Sailor" album, featuring the single "Living in the U.S.A."  The next year saw the release of "Brave New World," that included the tune, "Space Cowboy."

Then the band began to churn out the hits, with No. 1s "The Joker" ('73), "Rock'n Me" ('76), and "Abracadabra" ('82) as well as No. 2 "Fly Like an Eagle" ('76), No. 8 "Jet Airliner" ('77), No. 11 "Take the Money and Run" ('76),   No. 17 "Swingtown" ('77) and No. 23 "Jungle Love" ('77) and No. 24 "Heart Like a Wheel" ('81).

Despite all the big hits and commercial success, the Steve Miller Band hasn't been found worthy enough to be in the in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ahem...they haven't even been nominated, despite being eligible since 1993.

Miller, who is now 70, still hits the road with his band, including a summer tour with Journey. 

Here are some videos of this great band:

Until the next time...

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