Steve Winwood

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Birth nameSteve Winwood_header_cell_0_2_0 Stephen Lawrence WinwoodSteve Winwood_cell_0_2_1
BornSteve Winwood_header_cell_0_3_0 (1948-05-12) 12 May 1948 (age 72)

Handsworth, Birmingham, England, United KingdomSteve Winwood_cell_0_3_1

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Years activeSteve Winwood_header_cell_0_7_0 1961–presentSteve Winwood_cell_0_7_1
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WebsiteSteve Winwood_header_cell_0_10_0 Steve Winwood_cell_0_10_1

Stephen Lawrence Winwood (born 12 May 1948) is an English singer, songwriter and musician whose genres include progressive rock, blue-eyed soul, rhythm and blues, blues rock, pop rock, and jazz. Steve Winwood_sentence_0

Though primarily a vocalist and keyboard player, Winwood also plays a wide variety of other instruments; on several of his solo albums he has played all instrumentation, including drums, mandolin, guitars, bass and saxophone. Steve Winwood_sentence_1

Winwood was a key member of the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith and Go. Steve Winwood_sentence_2

He also had a successful solo career with hits including "While You See a Chance", "Valerie", "Back in the High Life Again" and two US Billboard Hot 100 number ones, "Higher Love" and "Roll with It" charting 20 years after the start of his recording career. Steve Winwood_sentence_3

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Traffic in 2004. Steve Winwood_sentence_4

In 2005, Winwood was honoured as a BMI Icon at the annual BMI London Awards for his "enduring influence on generations of music makers". Steve Winwood_sentence_5

In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked Winwood No. Steve Winwood_sentence_6

33 in its 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Steve Winwood_sentence_7

Winwood has won two Grammy Awards. Steve Winwood_sentence_8

He was nominated twice for a Brit Award for Best British Male Artist: 1988 and 1989. Steve Winwood_sentence_9

In 2011, he received the Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for Outstanding Song Collection. Steve Winwood_sentence_10

Early life Steve Winwood_section_0

Winwood was born on 12 May 1948 in Handsworth, Birmingham. Steve Winwood_sentence_11

His father Lawrence, a foundryman by trade, was a semi-professional musician, playing mainly the saxophone and clarinet. Steve Winwood_sentence_12

The 4-year-old began playing piano while interested in swing and Dixieland jazz, and soon started playing drums and guitar. Steve Winwood_sentence_13

He was also a choirboy at St. John's Church of England, Perry Barr. Steve Winwood_sentence_14

The family moved from Handsworth to the semi-rural suburb of Great Barr at the northern edge of Birmingham, where Winwood attended the Great Barr School, one of the first comprehensive schools. Steve Winwood_sentence_15

He also attended the Birmingham and Midland Institute of Music to develop his skills as a pianist, but did not complete his course. Steve Winwood_sentence_16

At 8 years old, he first performed with his father and elder brother Muff in the Ron Atkinson Band. Steve Winwood_sentence_17

Muff later recalled that when Steve began playing regularly with them in licensed pubs and clubs, the piano had to be turned with its back to the audience to try and hide him, because he was so obviously underage. Steve Winwood_sentence_18

Career Steve Winwood_section_1

Early years Steve Winwood_section_2

While still a pupil at Great Barr School, Winwood was a part of the Birmingham rhythm and blues scene, playing the Hammond C-3 organ and guitar, backing blues singers such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Howlin' Wolf, B.B. Steve Winwood_sentence_19 King, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Eddie Boyd, Otis Spann, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley on their United Kingdom tours, the custom at that time being for US singers to travel solo and be backed by pick-up bands. Steve Winwood_sentence_20

At this time, Winwood was living on Atlantic Road in Great Barr, close to the Birmingham music halls where he played. Steve Winwood_sentence_21

Winwood modelled his singing after Ray Charles. Steve Winwood_sentence_22

The Spencer Davis Group Steve Winwood_section_3

Winwood (still known as "Stevie" Winwood then) joined the Spencer Davis Group at the age of 14, along with his elder brother Muff, who later had success as a record producer, after Davis saw them at a Birmingham pub called the Golden Eagle, performing as the Muffy Wood Jazz Band. Steve Winwood_sentence_23

The Group made their debut at the Eagle and subsequently had a Monday-night residency there. Steve Winwood_sentence_24

Winwood's distinctive high tenor singing voice and vocal style drew comparisons to Ray Charles. Steve Winwood_sentence_25

In 1964, they signed their first recording contract with Island Records. Steve Winwood_sentence_26

Chris Blackwell later said of Winwood "He was really the cornerstone of Island Records. Steve Winwood_sentence_27

He's a musical genius and because he was with Island all the other talent really wanted to be with Island." Steve Winwood_sentence_28

The group's first record, a single, was released 10 days after Winwood's 16th birthday. Steve Winwood_sentence_29

The group had their first number one single at the end of 1965, with "Keep on Running"; the money from this success allowed Winwood to buy his own Hammond organ. Steve Winwood_sentence_30

Winwood co-wrote and recorded the chart-topping hits "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "I'm a Man" before leaving The Spencer Davis Group in 1967. Steve Winwood_sentence_31

Eric Clapton and Powerhouse Steve Winwood_section_4

Winwood joined forces with guitarist Eric Clapton as part of the one-off group Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse. Steve Winwood_sentence_32

Songs were recorded for the Elektra label, but only three tracks made the 1966 compilation album, What's Shakin'. Steve Winwood_sentence_33

Traffic, Blind Faith and Ginger Baker's Air Force Steve Winwood_section_5

Winwood met drummer Jim Capaldi, guitarist Dave Mason, and multi-instrumentalist Chris Wood when they jammed together at The Elbow Room, a club in Aston, Birmingham. Steve Winwood_sentence_34

After Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group in April 1967, the quartet formed Traffic. Steve Winwood_sentence_35

Soon thereafter, they rented a cottage near the rural village of Aston Tirrold, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) to write and rehearse new music. Steve Winwood_sentence_36

This allowed them to escape the city and develop their music. Steve Winwood_sentence_37

Early in Traffic's formation, Winwood and Capaldi formed a songwriting partnership, with Winwood writing music to match Capaldi's lyrics. Steve Winwood_sentence_38

This partnership was the source of most of Traffic's material, including popular songs such as "Paper Sun" and "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys", and outlived the band, producing several songs for Winwood and Capaldi's solo albums. Steve Winwood_sentence_39

Over the band's history, Winwood performed the majority of their lead vocals, keyboard instruments, and guitars. Steve Winwood_sentence_40

He also frequently played bass and percussion, up to and including the recording sessions for their fourth album. Steve Winwood_sentence_41

While still in Traffic, Winwood was brought in by Jimi Hendrix to play organ for "Voodoo Chile" on the Electric Ladyland album. Steve Winwood_sentence_42

Winwood formed the supergroup Blind Faith in 1969 with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech. Steve Winwood_sentence_43

The band was short-lived, owing to Clapton's greater interest in Blind Faith's opening act Delaney & Bonnie & Friends; Clapton left the band at the tour's end. Steve Winwood_sentence_44

However, Baker, Winwood and Grech stayed together to form Ginger Baker's Air Force. Steve Winwood_sentence_45

The line-up consisted of 3/4 of Blind Faith (without Clapton, who was replaced by Denny Laine), half of Traffic (Winwood and Chris Wood, minus Capaldi and Mason) plus musicians who interacted with Baker in his early days, including Phil Seamen, Harold McNair, John Blood and Graham Bond. Steve Winwood_sentence_46

However, this project also turned out to be short-lived. Steve Winwood_sentence_47

Winwood soon went into the studio to begin work on a new solo album, tentatively titled Mad Shadows. Steve Winwood_sentence_48

However, Winwood ended up calling in Wood and Capaldi to help with session work, which prompted Traffic's comeback album John Barleycorn Must Die in 1970. Steve Winwood_sentence_49

In 1972, Winwood recorded the part of Captain Walker in the highly successful orchestral version of The Who's Tommy. Steve Winwood_sentence_50

He recorded a 1973 album with Remi Kabaka, Aiye-Keta, for Antilles Records, and in 1976 provided vocals and keyboards on Go, a concept album by Japanese composer Stomu Yamashita. Steve Winwood_sentence_51

In 1976, Winwood also played guitar on the Fania All Stars' Delicate and Jumpy record and performed as a guest with the band in their only UK appearance, a sold-out concert at the Lyceum Theatre, London. Steve Winwood_sentence_52

Solo career Steve Winwood_section_6

Weariness with the grind of touring and recording prompted Winwood to leave Traffic and retire to sessioning for some years. Steve Winwood_sentence_53

Under pressure from Island Records, he resurfaced with his self-titled first solo album in 1977. Steve Winwood_sentence_54

This was followed by his 1980 hit Arc of a Diver (which included his first solo hit, "While You See a Chance") and Talking Back to the Night in 1982. Steve Winwood_sentence_55

Both albums were recorded at his home in Gloucestershire with Winwood playing all instruments. Steve Winwood_sentence_56

He continued to do sessions during this period, and in 1983 he co-produced and played on Jim Capaldi's top 40 hit "That's Love" and co-wrote the Will Powers top 20 hit "Kissing with Confidence". Steve Winwood_sentence_57

In 1986, he moved to New York. Steve Winwood_sentence_58

There he enlisted the help of a coterie of stars to record Back in the High Life in the US, and the album was a hit. Steve Winwood_sentence_59

He topped the Billboard Hot 100 with "Higher Love," and earned two Grammy Awards: for Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Steve Winwood_sentence_60

Winwood embarked on an extensive tour of North America in support of the album. Steve Winwood_sentence_61

All these albums were released on Island Records. Steve Winwood_sentence_62

However, at the peak of his commercial success, Winwood moved to Virgin Records and released Roll with It and Refugees of the Heart. Steve Winwood_sentence_63

The album Roll with It and the title track hit No. Steve Winwood_sentence_64

1 on the USA album and singles charts in the summer of 1988. Steve Winwood_sentence_65

Another album with Virgin, Far from Home, was officially credited to Traffic, but nearly all the instruments were played by Winwood. Steve Winwood_sentence_66

Despite lacking a significant hit, it broke the top 40 in both the UK and USA. Steve Winwood_sentence_67

His final Virgin album Junction Seven also broke the UK top 40. Steve Winwood_sentence_68

A new studio album, Nine Lives, was released 29 April 2008 by Wincraft Music through Columbia Records. Steve Winwood_sentence_69

The album opened at No. Steve Winwood_sentence_70

12 on the Billboard 200 album chart, his highest US debut ever. Steve Winwood_sentence_71

In 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music to add to his honorary degree from Aston University, Birmingham. Steve Winwood_sentence_72

On 28 March 2012 Winwood was one of Roger Daltrey's special guest stars for "An Evening with Roger Daltrey and Friends" gig, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall. Steve Winwood_sentence_73

In 2013, Winwood toured North America with Rod Stewart as part of the "Live the Life" tour. Steve Winwood_sentence_74

In 2014, Winwood toured North America with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Steve Winwood_sentence_75

In January 2020, a North American summer tour was announced with Steely Dan. Steve Winwood_sentence_76

On 17 February 2020, Winwood participated in "A Tribute to Ginger Baker" that took place at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London. Steve Winwood_sentence_77

Other participants were Ron Wood, Roger Waters and Eric Clapton. Steve Winwood_sentence_78

The concert was held in honour of Ginger Baker, his former band member in Blind Faith, who had died the previous year. Steve Winwood_sentence_79

Group work Steve Winwood_section_7

In 1994, Capaldi and Winwood reunited Traffic for a new album, Far From Home, and a tour, including a performance at Woodstock '94 Festival. Steve Winwood_sentence_80

That same year, Winwood appeared on the A Tribute To Curtis Mayfield CD, recording Mayfield's "It's All Right". Steve Winwood_sentence_81

In 1995, Winwood released "Reach for the Light" for the animated film Balto. Steve Winwood_sentence_82

In 1997, Winwood released a new album, Junction Seven, toured the US and sang with Chaka Khan at the VH-1 Honors. Steve Winwood_sentence_83

In 1998, Winwood joined Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle and other musicians to form the band "Latin Crossings" for a European tour, after which they split without making any recordings. Steve Winwood_sentence_84

Winwood also appeared in the film Blues Brothers 2000, as a member of the Louisiana Gator Boys, appearing on stage with Isaac Hayes, Eric Clapton, and KoKo Taylor at the battle of the bands competition. Steve Winwood_sentence_85

In 2003, Winwood released a new studio album, About Time on his new record label, Wincraft Music. Steve Winwood_sentence_86

2004 saw his 1982 song "Valerie" used by Eric Prydz in a song called "Call on Me". Steve Winwood_sentence_87

It spent five weeks at No. Steve Winwood_sentence_88

1 on the UK singles chart. Steve Winwood_sentence_89

Winwood heard an early version of Prydz's remix and liked it so much, he not only gave permission to use the song, he re-recorded the samples for Prydz to use. Steve Winwood_sentence_90

In 2005, his Soundstage Performances DVD was released, featuring recent work from the About Time album along with prior hits including "Back in the High Life". Steve Winwood_sentence_91

Winwood also performed hits from his days with Traffic as well as current recordings. Steve Winwood_sentence_92

That same year, he appeared on Grammy Award winner Ashley Cleveland's album Men and Angels Say, a mix of rock, blues and country arrangements of well known hymns including "I Need Thee Every Hour", which featured a vocal duet and organ performance. Steve Winwood_sentence_93

On her 2006 record Back to Basics, Christina Aguilera featured Winwood (using the piano and organ instrumentation from the "John Barleycorn" track, "Glad") on her song "Makes Me Wanna Pray". Steve Winwood_sentence_94

In May 2007, Winwood performed in support of the Countryside Alliance, an organisation opposed to the Hunting Act 2004, in a concert at Highclere Castle, joining fellow rock artists Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, Steve Harley and Kenney Jones. Steve Winwood_sentence_95

In July 2007, Winwood performed with Clapton in the latter's Crossroads Guitar Festival. Steve Winwood_sentence_96

Among the songs they played together were "Presence of the Lord" and "Can't Find My Way Home" from their Blind Faith days. Steve Winwood_sentence_97

Winwood played several guitar leads in a six-song set. Steve Winwood_sentence_98

The two continued their collaboration with three sold-out nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City in February 2008. Steve Winwood_sentence_99

On 19 February 2008, Winwood and Clapton released a collaborative EP through iTunes titled Dirty City. Steve Winwood_sentence_100

Clapton and Winwood released a CD and DVD of their Madison Square Garden shows and then toured together in the summer of 2009. Steve Winwood_sentence_101

Personal life Steve Winwood_section_8

Between 1978 and 1986, Winwood was married to Nicole Weir (d. 2005), who had contributed background vocals to some of his early solo work. Steve Winwood_sentence_102

The two married at Cheltenham Register Office. Steve Winwood_sentence_103

Winwood's primary residence is a 300-year-old manor house in the Cotswolds, England, where he also has a recording studio. Steve Winwood_sentence_104

Winwood also has a home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Eugenia Crafton, a native of Trenton, Tennessee, US whom he married in 1987. Steve Winwood_sentence_105

They have four children. Steve Winwood_sentence_106

Both were Patrons of the Cheltenham Festivals of music and literature between 2007 and 2015. Steve Winwood_sentence_107

Winwood's eldest daughter, Mary Clare, married in 2011 to Ben Elliot, the Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party. Steve Winwood_sentence_108

The couple have two sons. Steve Winwood_sentence_109

Winwood's daughter Lilly Winwood is a singer; she was featured with him performing a duet of his song "Higher Love" in a Hershey commercial. Steve Winwood_sentence_110

She is the opening act and sings backup on multiple songs during Steve Winwood's 2018 Greatest Hits Live tour. Steve Winwood_sentence_111

Discography Steve Winwood_section_9

Solo Steve Winwood_section_10

Main article: Steve Winwood discography Steve Winwood_sentence_112

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Spencer Davis Group Steve Winwood_section_11

see The Spencer Davis Group discography Steve Winwood_sentence_113

Traffic Steve Winwood_section_12

see Traffic discography Steve Winwood_sentence_114

Blind Faith Steve Winwood_section_13

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Ginger Baker's Air Force Steve Winwood_section_14

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Third World Steve Winwood_section_15

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  • 1973: Aiye-KetaSteve Winwood_item_3_12

Go Steve Winwood_section_16

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Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood Steve Winwood_section_17

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Session work Steve Winwood_section_18

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