Today marks the 67th anniversary
of the birth of the legendary musician Steve Miller
. Born to parents with a strong interest in music, he was surrounded from an early age by such notables as Les Paul, Mary Ford and T-Bone Walker. He grew into an accomplished musician and took strongly to the blues. Miller immersed himself in the Chicago blues scene of the 1960's, but after several years became disillusioned and left to find a different inspiration.
He would eventually make his way to San Francisco to form the Steve Miller Band,
a psychedelic outfit with blues undertones. After a devastating car accident in 1972, in which he broke his neck, Miller spent the next few years recuperating and penning a number of what would become classic tunes. 1976's Fly Like An Eagle
, was a giant shift in direction for Miller. It dropped the overt psychedelia, put the blues influence to a background role and focused on catchy riffs and pop influenced structures. Starting with it's mood-setting spacey opener
, and following with hits like Take The Money And Run
, Rock'n Me
and the title track
, the album captured a moment in the American consciousness. Its follow up, Book Of Dreams
, was another smashing success, charting again with tracks such as Jet Airliner
and Jungle Love
Miller's initial output of the 1980's wasn't as well received, but he found commercial success again with 1982's Abracadabra, with the title track
. Miller dropped from the spotlight as music tastes changed through the rest of the 80's, 90's and early 00's, releasing only a handful of albums throughout that time. This June saw the release of Bingo!
, his first studio album since 1993 Wide River. Recorded at Skywalker Sound
, and embracing more of his early blues sound, it has garnered favorable reviews
. Miller is currently touring
in support of the album.
Happy birthday to an American legend!