Spencer Davis bio, wiki, age, early life, career, family, education, death
Spencer Davis, whose namesake ’60s beat band — The Spencer Davis Group — had the iconic hit, “Gimme Some Lovin'” … has died. A family source tells TMZ the Welsh musician died peacefully Monday in a California hospital of heart failure. Davis had an extraordinary career that spanned 6 decades … and the source emphasized how much he’ll be missed by his friends, family, and loved ones.Davis formed the British group bearing his name in 1963, which featured himself on guitar and Pete York on drums … and he recruited a teenage Steve Winwood to sing and Steve’s brother Muff to play the bass. It didn’t take long for the band to break out with a #1 single — “Keep on Running” — in 1965 … followed by another hit, “Somebody Help Me,” in 1966.The following year, The Spencer Davis Group released their most famous track — “Gimme Some Lovin'” — which was a top 10 hit … and “I’m a Man.” Both singles sold over a million copies and achieved gold record status. Though the band broke up in 1969 after just 6 years together, their music had a huge influence on the sound of the era.Davis embarked on a solo career afterward but was never able to reach the success of his group. He also served as an exec for Island Records in the ’70s.
Davis is survived by his 3 children — Lisa, Sarah, and Gareth — and 5 grandchildren.
Davis was born in Swansea, South Wales in July 1939. His father served as a paratrooper, and later worked as a GPO engineer, according to Davis in a 1966 television documentary, A Whole Scene Going. Influenced by his Uncle Herman’s mandolin playing, Spencer Davis began learning to play harmonica and accordion at the age of six. He then attended Dynevor School, where he passed seven GCE O-level examinations. He moved to London when he was sixteen, and began working in the civil service as a clerical officer at the Post Office Savings Bank in Hammersmith, and for HM Customs and Excise. However, he went back to his old school to study for A-levels in languages, becoming Head Boy in 1959. In 1960, he moved to Birmingham, to read German at the University of Birmingham. In music circles, Davis was later known as “Professor”.
While remaining an honorary member and supporter of the Wales nationalist party, Plaid Cymru, in later life Davis lived in Avalon on Catalina Island, a small island in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California.
In 2014, Davis was invited by producer Gerry Gallagher to record with Latin rock legends El Chicano as well as Alphonse Mouzon, Brian Auger, Alex Ligertwood, Ray Parker Jr., Lenny Castro, Vikki Carr, Pete Escovedo, Peter Michael Escovedo, Jessy J, Walfredo Reyes Jr., and David Paich and is featured on a remake of a song co-written by Davis, “The Viper”, from Gallagher’s most recent studio album due out in 2017.
On 19 October 2020, Davis died from a heart attack in California at the age of 81.
The founder of The Spencer Davis Group, who had hits with 'Keep On Running' and 'Gimme Some Lovin'', has passed away https://t.co/4PwSid4ZtV
Very sad news – RIP Spencer Davies, the Swansea-born chart-topper who had hits with Gimme Some Lovin' and Keep on Running: "The multi-instrumentalist star of The Spencer Davis Group which had two No 1 hits in the mid-60s, has died. He was 81."https://t.co/nJFP61oRaGpic.twitter.com/9zPq4mTqPq