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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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It keeps getting tougher every day!!
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Abra Abra cadabra!!!!! I wanna reach out and grab ya!!!!!!!! Dammmmmm!!!! I was so young!!!!! Good song!!!!!!
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What the heck is the Pompetus of Love??
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Great song Take $ and run great group
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Therefr evry angl is in perfect humn form.
Da reasn fr ths constant liknss is tht inda heavns all da qualities stem frm a single luv and lik of ths group. RFRSH
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Ths group ...as discribes ina book of revelatn as follws:...is sick. kpsmiln
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Steve Miller band rocks great classic music
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love this song brings back good memories well good
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since 1969
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dragonlady60 8 8
I'm a midnight. Toker
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dragonlady60 8 8
Excellent song....
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I brought a mercury, and cruised on down the road, I lived the dream, thanks Steve
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⚡️❤️⚡️
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It's on like a campfire at a boyscout/gir l s c o u t reunion
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Ooooohhhhh wwwweeeeee it's on like a lit wick at a firework show
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I love this version and the love Guru
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Classic rock at it's best!
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bvwildman
Uck yall
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Love me some SMB!
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He's going to be here in Berkeley California in a few days
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Your the cutest thing I ever did see
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Love This Song By Steve Miller Band
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My favorite song by Steve Miller is Jet Airliner
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Every time I think about the song the joker I think of that episode of That 70s Show were there all in the circle and they sing the song The Joker.
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I love this band and this song man I am 23 years old young man but I love my classic rock man
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classic stuff. looking forward to the future of music though. Skeptics, please settle down!
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classic classic but overplayed not the radio, which isn't a bad thing i guess since they get money for that!
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They will always b a band that will rock till we drop
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Steve Miller has a gifted groove. His music is a blessing. There is nothing of his that I don't love.
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this is the s**t
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Light rock ?
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It's ok ⚡️❤️⚡️
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Gangsta
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Great song.
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Saw them in concert Saturday!!!! ! ! ! ! Amazing!!!!! !
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Love Steve Miller...Gre a t Band...Great Music...Peac e From Tuscon, Az...✌
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Ooooohhh...T H E Joker....
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Love see them in place
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Joker smoker midnight tooker oh I am a lover lol ������������
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Awesome music growing up with!
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I'm lovin this song! :)
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Good song makes me wanna drink beer
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Great song
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I'm a joke I'm smoker and Im lover
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Luv Luv this jam
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Great trivia question, Steve Miller and Bozz Skaggs at one time in the same band.
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I speak of the Pompatist of love
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This is the best song ever !
Im a Joker and a smoker !
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Happy 4-20-15
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