Saturday, August 8, 2009

Steve Miller Band - The Gangster of Love‏

by Brent Warnken

In 1993, Steve Miller released Wide River. At this time, the Steve Miller Band included Miller, Ben Sidran, Leo Sidran, guitarist David Denny and the great harmonica player, Norton Buffalo. Wide River features a similar rock/pop/blues mix that appeared in much of Miller's earlier work. In 1994, the box set was released with several previously unreleased tracks and one new song.

Miller revived the Steve Miller band in 1995, and toured along the west coast. These performances were recorded for an album that may be released in the future. Miller and Paul McCartney worked together in the summer of '95. They recorded several songs; some of them appear on McCartney's album Flaming Pie. The Steve Miller band continues to sell over a million albums per year, and performs at sold out concerts in the United States.

Steve Miller was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 5, 1943. He was influenced by music at an early age. Get Steve Miller Band tickets and see a great band. The musician's mom was an accomplished singer, and his father, Dr. George "Sonny" Miller, was a physician by profession, but during his free time he was an amateur recording engineer.

Miller received his first guitar when he was four-years-old, and performed songs for his family and friends on a regular basis. The Miller house received many musical guests, such as Les Paul, the inventor of the electric guitar and multi-track recording, and the legendary blues man T-Bone Walker. Miller formed his own band, The Marksmen, when he was 12-years-old. The group was booked for the entire semester, playing mostly for fraternities. The Marksmen continued to play for another five years until Miller left for college.

He attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and formed a new band called The Ardells. The musician also performed with a group called The Knightranes during the summer. After spending some time enjoying the Chicago blues scene, Miller headed to San Francisco, where he invited Tim Davis, guitarist James "Curley" Cook to experience the city's music scene. During this time he added Lonnie Turner on bass, and before you knew it, the Steve Miller Band was born.

The band debuted at the Avalon in January 1967, and were an immediate success. They became a headliner at the ballroom, playing at least once a month. The group had other gigs. They played at the Fillmore in April, and were booked for the Monterey Pop Festival in June.

After performing at the Monterey, the Miller Band backed Chuck Berry at the Fillmore Auditorium. This performance was recorded for an album (this is the only performance from the group that is currently available on CD). Soon after their performance at the Monterey, the group signed with Capital Records.

The Steve Miller Band flew to England to record their first album. In May 1968, Children of the Future was released. Many believe this is one of the greatest debut albums ever. Sailor was released in October of the same year. That album landed in the top 40, which featured Miller's fist hit, "Living in the U.S.A." and also introduced fans to the "Gangster of Love." In November 1969, Your Saving Grace, was released, which also made the top 40.

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