Shag haircut, halter top, bell bottoms, platform shoes, and the Steve Miller Band- a snapshot into my high school dance. Everyone was so turned on to his spacey sound as something new and exciting. And on October 5th Steve Miller will be 67 years old. He's still out there performing to adoring fans. While he has not produced new hits that reached the level of his work in the 70s and 80s, fans seem content to hear the songs of their youth.
I found this great little interview with him on YouTube. I love learning how different artists approach their craft and hearing him tell it in his own words in his own voice beats anything I could write about him.
These songs transport me right back to 1973 and my deep fascination and cravings for music that never seemed to be satiated. I especially love this version of Fly Like an Eagle before it was even released as a recording. It's interesting to compare it to the later recorded version. And I dig the psychedelic finish on his guitar.
SPACE COWBOY- I love the bluesy intro to this song.
THE JOKER- The album of the same name was written in a mere 19 days and soared to #1.
ABRACADABRA hit #1 in 1982.
WILD MOUNTAIN HONEY & WINTER TIME- I love this recent look at Steve Miller in concert. His voice hasn't changed at all over the years and his band is flawless. A wonderful look at the late, great Norton Buffalo who performed with Miller for 33 years. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform this live.
In June 2010 Steve Miller released his first album in 17 years. Bingo! is an album of blues covers. It hit #1 blues album on Billboard charts June 23rd, and #11 rock album on that same date. Not too shabby for being absent over a decade. I enjoyed hearing Steve share his Chicago blues experiences that he had with some of the greats of that time: Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, and Buddy Guy. Another album, recorded at the same time as Bingo! will be released in 2011.
Happy birthday Steve Miller, aka Maurice, the Space Cowboy, the Gangster of Love, the Midnight Toker...