Spencer Davis, the multi-instrumentalist star of The Spencer Davis Group, has died aged 81. As a member of the chart-topping band, Spencer enjoyed a string of hits in the 1960s including Keep on Running, Gimme Some Lovin’ and I’m A Man.
Spencer reportedly suffered a heart attack in California yesterday, according to Birmingham Live.
According to reports, the band’s drummer Pete York today called best friend Jim Simpson – first manager of Black Sabbath and founding director of the ongoing Birmingham International Jazz Festival – and confirmed the tragic news.
Fellow members of The Spencer Davis Group also included Great Barr brothers Muff Winwood and Steve Winwood – who would go on to enjoy further acclaim with Traffic and Blind Faith.
Today the Spencer Davis Group’s music remains widely played more than half a century after it was recorded.
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“Flip over those Spencer Davis Group hits and you’ve got a run of superb, hidden UK soul cuts, often with a wonderful jazz edge. A superb group – a sad loss,” another person penned.
A third person commented: “Sad news. Spencer Davis. Legend.”
While another social media user offered: “Saddened to hear that Spencer Davis has passed away aged 81. What a legend he was and one of the nicest guys. Had some incredible stories.”
Though born in Swansea, the partatrooper’s son read German at the University of Birmingham and he became a teacher at Yardley’s Whittington Oval Junior School.