4/16/18: Steve Winwood “Higher Love” 

There’s no question, Steve Winwood is one of the most highly respected people in the music business. Not only for his musical abilities, but also because of the fact that he’s been famous since he was 15 years old! Staying in the business that long is an achievement in itself, never mind that he’s done it so gracefully!

He may have gotten famous at 15, but he’s 69 years old now. As far as I know, he’s managed to stay out of the spotlight for anything other than his music. Steve Winwood is known primarily for his vocals and artistry on the keyboard, but he’s also multi-instrumental with experience on bass, drums, violin, guitar – pretty much whatever you put in front of him, Winwood can play. He’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he’s got a couple Grammy awards to his credit, he’s #33 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” and he’s turning 70 next month. If he’s not already, he should be considered as one of the elder statesmen of rock and roll!

Steve Winwood got started as a member of the Spencer Davis Group, then Traffic, and eventually Blind Faith. He’s been closely associated with Eric Clapton for years, and is well known as a solo artist. He’s got hit records on his own, as well as from when he’s been part of a group, and back in the ‘80s Steve had a whole bunch of hits that were all his own! There was “While You See A Chance,” “Roll With It,” “Back in the High Life” – where we had a little help from his friend, James Taylor – “Valerie,” and the song I can’t stop hearing in my head today: “Higher Love!” That last one went all the way to #1 on the charts, and it’s easy to see why.