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Sixties Hitmaker Spencer Davis Dies Aged 81

Tuesday, 20 October 2020 Written by Jon Stickler

Spencer Davis (pictured far right) has died aged 81.

The Welsh multi-instrumentalist and driving force behind the Spencer Davis Group passed away yesterday (October 19) while being treated for pneumonia in hospital, his agent Bob Birk told the BBC.

"He was a very good friend. He was a highly ethical, very talented, good-hearted, extremely intelligent, generous man. He will be missed."

Davis formed the band with Steve Winwood, Muff Winwood and Pete York in 1963 before finding success with a string of top ten hits including the Jackie Edwards cover Keep on Running, Gimme Some Lovin' and I'm A Man.

Like the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, the Kinks and others, the Spencer Davis Group helped popularise the sound of US blues and R&B in the UK.

The musician is survived by his long-time partner June, and three adult children.

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