(CALIFORNIA) JUST IN: Spencer Davis, band leader behind ‘Gimme Some Lovin’’ and ‘I’m a Man,’ dies at 81 his agent said on Tuesday #AceSocialDesk report

Spencer Davis, a British guitarist and bandleader whose eponymous rock group had 1960s hits including “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m a Man,” has died. He was 81: Davis’ agent, Bob Birk, said Tuesday that he died in a hospital while being treated for pneumonia. He didn’t give a location, but British media reported that Davis lived in California:

Born in Swansea, Wales in 1939, Davis began working as a musician while he was a student at the University of Birmingham:

Influenced by the burgeoning British blues and skiffle scenes, he performed in bands with future stars including the Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman and Christine Perfect — later Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie. He formed the Spencer Davis Group in 1963, with a teenage Steve Winwood on keyboards and guitar, his brother Muff Winwood on bass and Pete York on drums:

With Steve Winwood as lead vocalist, the band had two No. 1 U.K. singles — “Keep on Running” in 1965 and “Somebody Help Me” in 1966 — and seven British top 40 hits before Steve Winwood’s departure in 1967:

Davis released several solo albums without recapturing his 1960s fame, and later reformed the Spencer Davis Group without the Winwood brothers: In later years he was regarded as an influential elder statesman of British rock:

Davis is survived by his partner June and three adult children.….

#AceSocialDesk report ………………Published: Oct.21: 2020:

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