You know him by his many pseudo names “The Gangster of Love,” “The Joker,” “Space Cowboy” and some people may even call him “Maurice,” but he’s made it just fine going by his birth name, [lastfm]Steve Miller[/lastfm]. You can catch Steve Miller and his band as one of the many acts billed to play at Jack’s Fifth Show.
With forty-plus years of experience in blues-rock, psychedelia and jamming out popular hits that have been forever ingrained in music history, the Steve Miller Band continues to stay busy with their latest album Bingo! and touring the world.
Growing up surrounded by music with his talented vocalist mother and tape recording father, it’s no wonder that Steve Miller became a music icon after years and years of generating familiar hits.
Miller headed on a road to success early on, forming his first band, the Marksmen, in Dallas, Texas when he was only 12-years-old. It was during this time that Miller developed his bluesy sound by listening to music greats including [lastfm]Bobby Bland[/lastfm], [lastfm]Jimmy Reed[/lastfm], [lastfm]Bill Doggett[/lastfm]. During high school, Miller and another familiar name, [lastfm]Boz Scaggs[/lastfm], started playing together, forming a new group during college.
Only a year shy of graduating, Miller ditched the books and opted to immerse himself in the burgeoning blues scene in Chicago where he met [lastfm]Howlin’ Wolf [/lastfm]and played with [lastfm]Muddy Waters[/lastfm] as well as having his own band take over for [lastfm]Paul Butterfield Blues Band[/lastfm].
After finding a dying blues scene in Chicago after touring in New York, Miller scrounged up the last of his money and headed for San Francisco in a beat up Volkswagon bus.
“Rock n’ Me”
With the developing psychedelic music scene and social change in San Francisco in the ‘60s, Steve Miller had no shortage of creative outlets with his newly formed [lastfm]Steve Miller Band[/lastfm], and played with the likes of [lastfm]The Grateful Dead[/lastfm], in addition to a number of other emerging acid rock bands. His band was later signed to Capitol Records and released their first of their many albums, Children of the Future in 1968.
His second and third albums, Sailor and Brave New World introduced fans to “The Ganster of Love” and “Space Cowboy,” and Miller even collaborated with [lastfm]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] on his third album on the hit “My Dark Hour.” The Steve Miller Band was a favorite of the rising underground FM rock radio stations popping up all over the country, pushing the band as one of the top acts around.
“Take The Money And Run”
Recording five more albums in two years, Miller and his band went through some changes. Eventually resulting in taking time off after being in a car crash before leaving for a tour, which he canceled due to his injury. Eight months later, Miller got the itch to record once again and released his most memorable effort to date in 1973 The Joker, with the title track becoming the midnight toker’s anthem.
The Steve Miller Band kept on the right track staying on the top ten charts, releasing hit after hit on their following albums Fly Like an Eagle and his Greatest Hits 1974-78, which became one the highest selling albums of all time.
“Fly Like and Eagle”
Steve Miller has become one of the defining icons in classic rock, with his various hits still continue to play on rock stations across the country. Steve Miller Band’s latest studio album Bingo! is a masterpiece of his craft and proves why he’s a classic rock icon. You can see this icon if you get tickets to Jack’s Fifth Show.
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