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  1. Huge Winwood fan…nicely done! Here’s my Stevie story: we loved him in the SDG so got tickets…(April, 1968) but no Stevie! So we went down to the loading dock (Ford Auditorium in Detroit) and I yelled at the guitar player from the opening act “Where’s Stevie??” He cursed me out, told me to shut up and threatened to “pop your head like a grape” with his truck. “What an a$$,” my buddy Greg whispered .

    That a$$ was Ted Nugent.

    Met Stevie a year later and he was exceedingly kind.

  2. Thank you Les for a wonderful piece on my musical hero.
    I first saw Steve when he was with SDG and fell in love with his voice. I then followed him through his career buying every album he released. He is without doubt one of the greats. I saw him perform in Cambridge in the late 90s and I had the chance to speak to him which was a huge privilege and a highlight I will never forget. I’m now in my seventies and still a fan.

  3. Thanks as in the past to you Les! You have always flown the flas as have I and Berkin Altinok, chief completist.
    Take a look at 40000 Headmen who often do a Traffic cover set at Martyrs in Chicago.

  4. Loved the ” juicy words”, rich description in this article. Sounds like you have studied music as well as possibly music theory. When I’ve read music critics or art critics before I haven’t heard this kind of rich use of description with insider, but yet accessible language for lay people, those who are non-creative or consider themselves to be so ( most people are by the way, they just become grown ups and forget how to play. Boo). Would love to see you put out more articles in this vein. Here is the chicago-based B3 guy. I love Hammond organ Chicago Soul jazz. Chris is one of my favorites and this is from one of the heavy weights funerals, Jimmy McGriff ( his favorite musician of all times) from a few years back https://youtu.be/x0kknUo11oQ . Yeah, he’s for hire in Chicago. Usually plays with my buddy Henry Johnson on guitar and Greg Rockingham on drums. News & Brews?

  5. Les, that was a very nice tribute you gave to Steve Winwood in celebration of his 74th birthday. I have always been a big Traffic fan myself and, of course, Steve was the mastermind of the group. While Traffic got the critical acclaim they deserved, they seemed to find themselves unjustly in the second tier of British Rock talent in popularity. My fave Traffic album is “When the Eagle Flies.”

  6. I plan to listen to all tracks linked in this article over the weekend – and wanted to add my memory of first exposure to Steve Winwood. When I was a theater undergrad in the late 80s, there was a cassette tape of “Arc of a Diver” in the drafting studio. We played that album often while working late on assignments. Perfect tunes to provide a mellow focus.