Singer, songwriter, guitarist Steve Miller (Steve Miler Band)
Guitarist ~ Singer ~ Songwriter
Steve Miller Band

Steve Miller

October 5, 1943, Milwaukee, WI

Steve Miller's career has encompassed two distinct stages: one of the top San Francisco blues-rockers during the late '60s and early '70s, and one of the top-selling pop/rock acts of the mid- to late '70s and early '80s with hits like ‘The Joker,’ ‘Fly Like an Eagle,’ ‘Rock'n Me,’ and ‘Abracadabra.’ ~ Allmusic: Steve Miller ~ retrieved October 4, 2013 © Allmusic

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Steve Miller, along with the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane/Starship, is one of the few artists whose career skyrocketed out of the music scene in San Francisco during the 1960s. “Miller has ascended with the confidence that comes from thinking that you've always belonged there,” wrote John Milward in the Rolling Stone Record Guide. Miller found his fame and fortune in the Bay Area by way of Chicago via Texas and Wisconsin. Born and raised in Milwaukee til age five, he began playing guitar just one year before the family moved to Dallas. Miller's first lessons came from friends and patients of his father, a proctologist. Les Paul and Mary Ford, T-Bone Walker, Tal Farlow, Charles Mingus, and Red Norvo frequented their household and Miller's father often recorded the artists in various nightclub settings. With such a remarkable foundation to start with, Miller formed his first band, the Marksmen, at just twelve years of age. Schoolmate Boz Scaggs joined the group after Miller taught the ninth-grader some basics on the guitar. Together they played fraternity dances and parties throughout their high school days until it was time to start college. ~ Musicianguide: Steve Miller ~ retrieved October 4, 2013 © Musicianguide

The Steve Miller Band

They were able to produce music that was catchy and fun without being frivolous. They appealed to Hard Rockers and Metal Heads, they were considered danceable by lovers of Funk and Disco and they were not looked down upon by the folk set. ~ Not In Hall Of Fame: Steve Miller Band ~ retrieved July 26, 2013 © Not In Hall Of Fame

The Steve Miller Band ~ Fly Like An Eagle (1976) ~ Ranked #445 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ After a 1972 car accident sidelined him for nearly a year, Miller returned with a pop-rock sound that dominated Seventies radio: slick guitar boogie as catchy as Abba and as danceable as disco. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone



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