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.

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.
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