Thursday, January 22, 2009

Number 423 - Spencer Davis Group


Number 423

Spencer Davis

"Gimme Some Loving"

(1966)
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Genre: R&B
Yes, we did
Picture says a thousand words? Of course it f***ing does. While America was basking in the limelight over the achievement that they just made, we, the world, would just like to say .. THANK ******g GOD or whatever you personally idolise, can be a shoe for all i really care ...... we can all now take a calm breath, and, [pant] work our way back to peace [except for Israelis who are heaven bent on getting TEAM Israel Pt 2. "HELL YEAH" the sequel to TEAM America] into a movie theater near you.
As for Mr [nay, oh NAY ... Mr President]
Obama's inauguration speech? Well it seems a contradiction of words = speech to speechless, you know what I'm trying to say. He is surely America's J.F.K of this millennium, truly charismatic and captivating as an orator. As for the moment when Beyonce sang the classic "Etta James *"At Last" whilst the two most hippest people in politics started dancing, you could see this was too much for the young singer, as she knew and as we did .... this was history LIVE.
*Etta James is [will] already on the list in Definitive 1000 Songs
Who's that group on the wall then?
His ferocious soul-drenched vocals belying his tender teenage years, Stevie Winwood powered the Spencer Davis Group's three biggest U.S. hits during their brief life span as one of the British Invasion's most convincing R&B-based combos. Guitarist Davis formed the band with Winwood on organ, his brother Muff Winwood on bass, and drummer Peter York. Signing on with producer Chris Blackwell, the quartet got their first hit (the blistering "Keep on Running") from another of Blackwell's acts, West Indian performer Jackie Edwards. After topping the British charts in 1965, the song struggled on the lower reaches of the US Hot 100.
e're, you sure this is the chics house?
The group's two hottest sellers were self-penned projects. "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "I'm a Man" were searing showcases for the adolescent Winwood's gritty vocals and blazing keyboards and the band's pounding rhythms. Although they burned up the charts even on the other side of the ocean in 1967, the quartet never capitalized on their fame with an American tour. At the height of their power, Winwood left to form Traffic, leaving Davis without his dynamic frontman. The bandleader focused on producing other acts, including a Canadian ensemble called the Downchild Blues Band during the early '80s. ~ [Bill Dahl, All Music Guide]

Awwww c'mon Gimme some McLovin'
Steve Winwood
"Gimme Some Lovin'" is a song written by Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis and Muff Winwood, and originally performed by the Spencer Davis Group. The basic riff of the song was borrowed from the Homer Banks song "(Ain't That) A Lot of Love", written by Banks and Willia Dean Parker and later covered by blues musician Taj Mahal in 1968. The song was originally a hit in 1967 (UK #2; U.S. #7), when Steve Winwood, lead singer of the Spencer Davis Group at the time, was only 19 years old. The song is ranked #244 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It has been covered by many other artists, most notably by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. Just before that, Olivia Newton-John recorded it for her album Totally Hot (1978) with members of Toto. In 1982-83 Chicago included it as an encore in their live set with Peter Cetera taking the lead vocal.
Spencer Davis
Other groups who have covered the song include Traffic, with Winwood as lead singer, on their 1971 live album Welcome to the Canteen, Queen on their live album Live at Wembley '86, glam band Biggles (1971), Raven on their 1986 album The Pack Is Back and Thunder on their 1990 album Back Street Symphony. Hanson opened shows with it on their 1998 Albertane Tour (captured on their subsequent album Live from Albertane album) and the Spanish group Mägo de Oz covered it on their 1994 album Mägo de Oz The Grateful Dead also covered it in concert with the lead vocal shared by Phil Lesh and Brent Mydland. Serbian hard rock band Cactus Jack recorded a version on their live cover album DisCover in 2002. David Bowie samples the song in "Join The Gang" ~ [Source: Wikipedia]
For Steve Winwood see Number 622
For Blues Brothers see Number 875
For Olivia Newton John see Number 985
For Peter Cetera see Number 856
For Queen see Number 539, #747, #799, #805 & #513 [with Bowie]
For Bowie see Number 455, #465, #495, #634
What does Rolling Stone think? [do we care?]
Two triumphant singles, "Gimme Some Lovin' " (1966) and "I'm a Man" (1967), featuring Steve Winwood's earliest (and some of his best) singing, made this Birmingham quartet one of Britain's classiest and toughest R&B outfits. A trad-blues fan, Davis had the luck to discover the 16-year-old Winwood, and the smart modesty basically to hand over the band to the precocious soulster. Winwood obviously came through -- had the rest of this band been even half so tough, the Spencer Davis Group would've rivaled the Animals. I'm a Man collects material from the group's second English album of bluesy rock. Davis went on to found other incarnations of his group: Funky is a strong representative of the music after Winwood left. The band's early original albums are out of print or hard to find, but EMI's greatest-hits album is a good summation of the high points. [Source: RS - PAUL EVANS]
Rolling Stone magazine deemed their '423rd Song of all Time' was "Blue Suede Shoes" by Elvis Presley. Elvis "Blue Suede Shoes" #840 & also has appeared in The Definitive 1000 @ #443 & #501
Other songs with reference to Spencer Davis Group #591, #622, #698
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at 183 and the Album ranked at Number (Ahhh, we only liked the song)
This song has a Definitive 1000 rating of 77.8 out of 108

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