I was in Atlanta and saw them Friday night. I wasn’t too familiar with who they were, but my friends were going and had an extra ticket, so why not? Peter Frampton was opening, but we got there just as he was finishing. There were some tunes I knew, like Space Cowboy. All in all it was pretty cool, and I have some more music I wish to add to my repertoire.
One of the funnest songs for me as a teenager was when "Take the money and run" played on all the good FM stations a lot in the 70’s. A lot of my joy that has propelled me to this day came from this song.
truthaboutmusic says, "On April 9th, 2008, Steve Miller Band was awarded the Golden Note by ASCAP, recognizing great achievements by a band over their careers. After receiving the award at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, The Steve Miller Band performed a set that included ‘The Joker,’ ‘Dance Dance Dance,’ ‘Rockin Me Baby’ and ‘Fly Like An Eagle.’ The picture and sound quality on this video are perfect!!"
Although the sound is bad, this live concert is pretty cool. One of the lead guitarists with that red guitar looks like a kid.
In 1965, Steve Miller and keyboardist Barry Goldberg founded the Goldberg-Miller Blues Band along with bassist Shawn Yoder, rhythm guitarist Craymore Stevens, and drummer Lance Haas after moving to Chicago to play the blues. The band was contracted to Epic Records after playing many Chicago clubs. They also appeared on Hullabaloo with the Four Tops and the Supremes, and gigged at a Manhattan club. With Miller, the band’s only release was the ten-track album Blowing My Mind in 1966.
Miller left the group to go to San Francisco where the psychedelic scene was flourishing. He then formed the Steve Miller Blues Band which, when they contracted with Capitol Records in 1967, they shortened their name to the Steve Miller Band. The band, consisting of Miller, guitarist James Cooke, bassist Lonnie Turner, and drummer Tim Davis (who replaced the departing Lance Haas on drums), backed Chuck Berry at a gig at the Fillmore West that was released as a live album. Guitarist Boz Scaggs joined the band soon after and the group performed at the Monterey Pop Festival in June. In May 1968 while in England, they recorded their debut album Children Of The Future. The album didn’t have any successes and didn’t score among the Top 100 album chart, but standout tracks are the acoustic tune "Baby’s Calling Me Home" and funky blues number "Steppin’ Stone". Closing the album is a slow version of the blues standard "Key To The Highway". The Steve Miller Band’s second album Sailor appeared in October and climbed the Billboard charts to #24. Successes include the single ‘Livin’ In The USA’, ‘Lucky Man’, and Boz Scaggs ‘Overdrive’ and ‘Dime-A-Dance Romance’.
Miller’s audience expanded with each album: Brave New World (#22, 1969), which featured the successful song "Space Cowboy" and the track "My Dark Hour" that was co-written by and featured Paul McCartney (aka Paul Ramon) on bass, Your Saving Grace (#38, 1969), Number 5 (#23, 1970).
I only started listening to his album, Your Saving Grace, in the 90’s. It was quite a find.
In 1971, Miller suffered a broken neck after a car accident and Capitol Records released the album Rock Love. The album featured unreleased live performances (including an 11-minute jam on the title track) and studio material and is one of two of Steve Miller Band albums not to be released on CD, the other being Recall the Beginning… A Journey From Eden. It is on this album the song "Fandango" (Track 8) appears. The first lyrics of the song read, "Kim, come and play the drum." This song was written as an invitation to drummer Kim Kopko of the band, The Black and Blues, to, as the next lyrics call, "come and join the fun." Although it was believed at the time that Steve was reaching out to a recently departed lady friend. In 1972, the double album compilation Anthology was released, featuring 16 songs from the band’s first five albums.
The Joker (#2, 1973) showed audiences a new style of the band. The title track became a #1 single and was certified platinum for reaching over 1 million sales. …
Another one with bad sound, but the audience is groovin’ with this one.
I also found Livin in the 20th Century in the 90’s. Not quite as special as the ones on Your Saving Grace, yet they were spectacular finds too.
"Nobody but you baby," "Livin’ in the 20th century," "Ain’t that lovin’ you baby," "Big boss man," and "I want to be loved (But only by you)" are the songs that makes this album but there’s no vid for them. Although, all the songs on that album are very good. I could only find one song from it:
So here are 30-second samples from that album:
These songs were also great late finds for me.