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Steve Miller Band

Steve Miller's career has encompassed two distinct stages: one of the top San Francisco blues-rockers during the late '60s and early '70s, and one of the top-selling pop/rock acts of the mid- to late '70s and early '80s with hits like "The Joker," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Rock'n Me," and "Abracadabra." Miller was turned on to music by his father, who worked as a pathologist but knew stars like Charles Mingus and Les Paul, whom he brought home as guests; Paul taught the young Miller some guitar chords and let him sit in on a session. Miller formed a blues band, the Marksmen Combo, at age 12 with friend Boz Scaggs; the two teamed up again at the University of Wisconsin in a group called the Ardells, later the Fabulous Night Trains. Miller moved to Chicago in 1964 to get involved in the local blues scene, teaming with Barry Goldberg for two years.

He then moved to San Francisco and formed the first incarnation of the Steve Miller Blues Band, featuring guitarist James "Curly" Cooke, bassist Lonnie Turner, and drummer Tim Davis. The band built a local following through a series of free concerts and backed Chuck Berry in 1967 at a Fillmore date later released as a live album. Scaggs moved to San Francisco later that year and replaced Cooke in time to play the Monterey Pop Festival; it was the first of many personnel changes. Capitol signed the group as the Steve Miller Band following the festival.

The band flew to London to record Children of the Future, which was praised by critics and received some airplay on FM radio. It established Miller's early style as a blues-rocker influenced but not overpowered by psychedelia. The follow-up, Sailor, has been hailed as perhaps Miller's best early effort; it reached number 24 on the Billboard album charts and consolidated Miller's fan base. A series of high-quality albums with similar chart placements followed; while Miller remained a popular artist, pop radio failed to pick up on any of his material at this time, even though tracks like "Space Cowboy" and "Brave New World" had become FM rock staples. Released in 1971, Rock Love broke Miller's streak with a weak band lineup and poor material, and Miller followed it with the spotty Recall the Beginning: A Journey from Eden. Things began to look even worse for Miller when he broke his neck in a car accident and subsequently developed hepatitis, which put him out of commission for most of 1972 and early 1973.

Miller spent his recuperation time reinventing himself as a blues-influenced pop/rocker, writing compact, melodic, catchy songs. This approach was introduced on his 1973 LP, The Joker, and was an instant success, with the album going platinum and the title track hitting number one on the pop charts. Now an established star, Miller elected to take three years off. He purchased a farm and built his own recording studio, at which he crafted the wildly successful albums Fly Like an Eagle and Book of Dreams at approximately the same time. Fly Like an Eagle was released in 1976 and eclipsed its predecessor in terms of quality and sales (over four million copies) in spite of the long downtime in between. It also gave Miller his second number one hit with "Rock'n Me," plus several other singles. Book of Dreams was almost as successful, selling over three million copies and producing several hits as well. All of the hits from Miller's first three pop-oriented albums were collected on Greatest Hits 1974-1978, which to date has sold over six million copies and remains a popular catalog item.

Miller again took some time off, not returning again until late 1981 with the disappointing Circle of Love. Just six months later, Miller rebounded with Abracadabra; the title track gave him his third number one single. The remaining albums released in the '80s -- Italian X Rays, 1984; Living in the 20th Century, 1986; and Born 2B Blue, 1988 -- weren't consistent enough to be critically or commercially successful. The early '90s saw Miller return to form with Wide River (the title track becoming a Top 40 chart entry) and the release of a retrospective box set compiled by the artist himself. Miller continued to headline shows into the 2000s, sharing the bill with classic rock acts such as 2008 tourmate Joe Cocker. In 2010, he and his band released Bingo!, the first release on Miller's own Space Cowboy Records and the group's first new studio album in 17 years. Let Your Hair Down followed a year later in the spring of 2011 and featured the last recordings of harmonica whiz Norton Buffalo, Miller's longtime collaborator, who died from lung cancer in 2009. ~ Steve Huey & Al Campbell, Rovi
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Only 1 verse?
Great song
Awesome song! !
Don't read this because it actually works, you will be kissed in the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2days. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary
This is truly a classic!!! It always puts that silly grin on my face
Best Steve Miller Band song by far. . . I LUV THIS SONG, makes me stop what i'm doin just to re-energize with this tune :)
Wasn't this "Everybody Loves Raymond" theme song? Not sure...
Fly like an Eagle was they very first album I ever bought.
Best song by Steve miller band
Steve Miller's Joker tour stop at the Long Beach Convention Center in 73 was one of the first concerts I ever attended. .......Dave Mason was the headliner, Miller played 2nd and the David Souther, Chris Hillman, Richie Furray Band led off. .......Yes, those good old days when 3 top acts played on the same ticket for 8 bucks.
Funky s*** going down in the city
sddilley10
Full blooded and beyond fan of Steve miller band love them
Another 70's great
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letter this is so scary because it actually works
Look
I will never grow up,rock on steve
Play my music in the sun
pappyfcall13
rock the house baby
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some people call me morrrice
"Some people call me the gangster of love"
best song ever!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Love this song!!!!
What kind of car did billy joe and bobby sue drive?
I love this song.
Love all his songs. ❤️
Don't you idiot that comment with "good song" realize that you're commenting on the Steve Miller and not on a particular song?
I'm only 15 and I love all the SMB songs that are awesome I'm so thankful for my dad introducing them to me.
Here's a little story about Billy Joe n Bobbie Sue, two young lovers with nothing better to do, sit around the house get high & watch the tube - that's when they decided to cut loose - LOVE this song & all of their music. I fell in love with my husband listing to this band!!
Very cool band...
Everythings better when wet!
ABRACADABRAA A A A A A A A !
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in the next 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in BIG letters this is so scary cud it actually work
This song reminds me of how songs from the 70s totally rocked! Steve Miller Band always has a place in my musical heart.
U know I started to be a joker when I was 13 too! Aye! lol!
My dad had this song cd one
@jeanne pompitous not properties,r e a l l y mike
great song! !!
The joker is my favorite song of all time and I'm only 13 lol. Most people my age are like I like baby by Justin Bieber or something else like that. Don't get me wrong I love One Direction like a lot and other band but the joker is literally the best song ever.
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
A critter victorias secret? Lol just messin with you lol. A midnite toker hmmm plenty of wild memories.
You got what I need. (;
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in the next 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in BIG letters this is so scary cud it actually work
OMG lol I always heard Funky kicks goin' down in the city, so when I heard Funky **** I freaked out and muted the sound, the sound dial must have broke, because now the sound is gone! D: XD
70's Rock & Soul artist Steve Miller Band is off the hook and amazing but still great..
Sit around the house get high and watch the tube
southernplai n s l l c
At 37, this still..., decribes my life (other than the Midnight Toker song).
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