After achieving international stardom with The Spencer Davis Group, Steve Winwood quit to form the legendary folk/jazz-rock outfit, Traffic in 1967. He briefly played alongside Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech in the supergroup, Blind Faith, before launching a solo career. His solo self-titled album was released in 1977. In 1980, the excellent Arc Of A Diver was an unqualified triumph, going platinum in the USA, and producing the hit single, While You See A Chance. The low-key follow-up, Talking Back To The Night, failed to repeat the success of its predecessor, but Winwood made an electrifying return with 1986's commercially successful, multi-platinum Back In The High Life, that spawned three hit singles including the US chart-topper, Higher Love. Two years later the single, Roll With It, and the album of the same name both topped the US charts. However, 1990's set Refugees Of The Heart faltered despite the success of the single, One And Only Man. After a seven-year hiatus, during which time Winwood reconvened Traffic, he returned to his solo career with the sadly disappointing Junction 7 (1997). A six-year gap then preceded About Time, which was a loose, organic sounding come back, as was the 2007 follow-up, Nine Lives. The latter saw Winwood make a long overdue return to the Hammond B3 organ. Winwood is one of a handful who can justifiably be termed a musical genius.
Followers: Paul Weller, Bruce Hornsby, The Charlatans
Influenced By: Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Richard Groove Holmes...