The Catalina Museum Presents

The Exhibition
Gimme Some Lovin’: The Spencer Davis Group

Appearing At The Catalina Island Museum June 30 through August 22, 2012

With Steve Winwood singing such hits as “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m a Man,” the Spencer Davis Group was one of the most respected of all the bands that invaded America during the 1960s. Inspired by the soulful blues music of the American South, the group received the 1966-67 New Musical Express Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Group over runners up, The Rolling Stones. That same year their hit “Keep on Running’” became number one on the British charts, replacing “We Can Work it Out” and “Day Tripper” by The Beatles. Spencer Davis is a long-time Santa Catalina resident, and this is the first exhibition to draw from Davis’ own archive of photographs, memorabilia and recorded interviews. Gimme Some Lovin’: The Spencer Davis Group provides a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the people and events that shaped one of the era’s most celebrated bands.

Opening Reception: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, June 30, 2012
Admission: Free for Members of the Catalina Island Museum, $10 for the General Public
Visit CatalinaMuseum.org or call 310-510-4650 for more details.

The Symposium & Participants
Tribute to Americana: The British Invasion Rocks America
June 30, 2012, Avalon Casino Theater, 4:00 PM

Two months after The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, the “British Invasion” was in full swing. This symposium features the leading personalities that created “The British Sound”


Spencer Davis
While a student in Birmingham, England, Spencer Davis decided to forego the purchase of books and bought a 12-string guitar instead. The decision changed the direction of his life and the history of rock n’roll. Davis was enjoying success as a solo performer in Birmingham clubs when a pub owner suggested that he form a group, something that was growing increasingly popular after the success of The Beatles. His search for band mates led him to a 15 year-old boy, who played the keyboard like Oscar Peterson and sang like Ray Charles. With Steve Winwood playing the organ and singing lead vocals, his brother, Muff, on bass, Spencer Davis on vocals and guitar and drummer Pete York, the original lineup of the Spencer Davis Group was in place. Only The Beatles and the Rolling Stones rivaled the success of the Spencer Davis Group in Great Britain. Armed with a string of hits like Gimme Some Lovin’ and I’m a Man, the group was ready to embark on an American tour when Steve Winwood left the group suddenly to form Traffic. Today Spencer Davis tours the U.S. and Europe and he is an active supporter of the Catalina Museum.

Martin Lewis, Moderator
A true Renaissance Man,” Martin Lewis has worked as a producer of comedy with John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Jones of Monty Python. He produced the DVD edition of The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. He was the publicity strategist behind The King’s Speech winning the 2011 Best Picture. And, Martin is heard on his own daily radio show broadcast nationally on Sirius Satellite Radio. A leading Beatles historian he wrote, hosted and produced Re-meet The Beatles, the only TV documentary made about The Beatles’ Anthology project.
Peter Asher
Peter Asher exerted an incalculable influence over the history of rock n’ roll as a singer, songwriter, record producer and as part of the duo Peter and Gordon. He met Paul McCartney while the Beatle was dating his younger sister, Jane. During the height of Beatlemania, Paul often took up lodging at the Asher home, where he was joined by John Lennon writing their hits, including I Wanna Hold Your Hand. After Asher teamed up with Gordon Waller, McCartney provided the duo with their first international hit, World Without Love. Peter partnered with John Dunbar and Barry Miles to open The Indica Gallery, famous for exhibiting the work of Yoko Ono where she first met John. Look for “Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the ‘60s and Beyond” - a tour coming soon to your area.
Micky Dolenz
Vocalist and drummer for The Monkees, Micky Dolenz entertaines audiences all over the world. His signature vocals on Last Train To Clarksville and I’m a Believer are recognized by young and old alike. The overwhelming success of The Monkees during the latter 1960’s made clear that the teen demographic of America became a major force in defining the direction of the entertainment industry. However, the group grew frustrated with their lack of creative control over their music. To reflect the enormous cultural changes occurring in 1967 they went psychedelic and starred in their own film, Head. It was the death knell of the group. The Monkees have endured the test of time, but they have yet to be elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; an unimaginable oversight, and an area of neglect made all the more poignant after the recent death of Davy Jones.
Emperor Rosko
After The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, Radio Caroline loosened the stranglehold of the BBC on British radio. Broadcasting from a decrepit boat anchored just off British territorial waters, Radio Caroline was known as “the ship that launched a thousand hits” and inspired the movie The Boat that Rocked. No DJ was more popular than Emperor Rosko, the self-proclaimed “God of the Airwaves.” His “jive talk” was matched only by his on-air antics. Rosko introduced British youth to rock n’ roll hits heard nowhere else. He left Radio Caroline in 1967, and toured Europe with Sam and Dave, Booker T. and the M.G.’s and Otis Redding. Later he joined Radio 1 introducing himself in grand fashion: "I am the Emperor, the geeter with the heater, your leader, your groovy host from the West coast, here to clear up your skin and mess up your mind. It'll make you feel good all over."
The Concert:
Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks
6:00 PM – 10:30 PM at The Point at the Avalon Casino

Presented by the Catalina Island Museum and
the Santa Catalina Island Company
Admission:
Catalina Island Museum Members $5.00, General Public $8.00

6:00 PM
The Xceptional Music Company presents, A Tribute to The British Invasion
8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Spencer Davis and the Catalina Island All-Stars with Avalon’s Fourth of July Fireworks
10:30 PM
After-hours Party with Spencer Davis and the Catalina Island All-Stars at the Avalon Grille

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