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Encyclopedia > Steve Miller (musician)
Steve Miller

Born October 5, 1943 (1943-10-05) (age 63)
Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA
Genre(s) Blues-rock
Rock and Roll
Affiliation(s) The Steve Miller Band
Years active 1968 - Present
Official site stevemillerband.com

Steve Miller (born October 5, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American blues and rock and roll guitarist and performer. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... October 5 is the 278th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (279th in leap years). ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... County Waukesha Mayor Larry Nelson (D) Congressional Rep. ... Official language(s) None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Area  Ranked 23rd  - Total 65,498 sq mi (169,790 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 310 miles (500 km)  - % water 17  - Latitude 42°30N to 47°3N  - Longitude 86°49W to 92°54W Population  Ranked... Blues Rock or Blues-rock is a fusion genre of music which combines elements of the blues with rock and roll. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... See also: 1967 in music, other events of 1968, 1969 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // January 4 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police, after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with bassist Noel Redding. ... The present is the time that is perceived directly, not as a recollection or a speculation. ... October 5 is the 278th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (279th in leap years). ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... Nickname: Location of Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Coordinates: County Milwaukee Government  - Mayor Tom Barrett Area  - City  97 sq mi (251. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that typically follows a twelve-bar structure. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... the very definition of a guitarist is cody allen and taylor hines because of there un ending guitar skills and awsomnes. ...

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Biography

Miller was born to Dr. George "Sonny" Miller, a pathologist, jazz enthusiast and amateur recording engineer, and Bertha, a jazz-influenced singer. In 1950, the family moved to Dallas, Texas. His first guitar chords were taught to him by the legendary Les Paul, pioneer of the electric guitar and also Miller's godfather. While at St. Mark's School of Texas, Miller formed his first band, The Marksmen. Miller taught classmate Royce Scaggs some guitar chords so he could join the band; Scaggs became better known by his nickname, Boz. Miller attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 1960s, where he formed The Ardells. Scaggs joined the Ardells the next year. Ben Sidran was added to the Ardells as a keyboardist the following year. Miller was only sixteen when he started college, and dropped out six credit hours shy of a literature degree. Les Paul encouraged young Miller to utilize his prodigal talents, and much of Miller's success has been attributed to Paul's tutelage during his childhood and teenage years. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Incorporated 2 February 1856 Government  - Mayor Laura Miller (D)[1] Area  - City  385. ... For the guitar, see Gibson Les Paul. ... The St. ... Boz Scaggs album cover Boz Scaggs (born William Royce Scaggs, June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. ... Boz Scaggs album cover Boz Scaggs (born William Royce Scaggs, June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. ... The University of Wisconsin–Madison (also known as UW–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin, or UW) is a highly selective public research university located in Madison, Wisconsin. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... Ben Sidran, (1943- ) may be best-known for having written the Steve Miller hit song Space Cowboy. ... A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. ... For the guitar, see Gibson Les Paul. ...


Prior to forming the Steve Miller Band, Miller was in a band with Barry Goldberg called the Goldberg-Miller Blues Band. They formed in 1965, and released one single, before Miller left the band. Barry Goldberg (born 1941 in Chicago, Illinois) is a blues keyboardist. ...


In 1968, Miller formed the Steve Miller Band, with Miller handling vocals, and released an album, Children of the Future, the first in a series of discs rooted solidly in the psychedelic blues style that dominated the San Francisco music scene at the time. Sailor, Brave New World, Your Saving Grace and Number 5 followed. These albums performed respectably on the album charts but failed to yield a hit. This first period in Steve Miller's music formed part of double album compilation "Anthology" which includes a guest appearance on drums by the then Beatle Paul McCartney on the song "My Dark Hour". Boz Scaggs rejoined Miller for his first 2 albums before starting his solo career. See also: 1967 in music, other events of 1968, 1969 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // January 4 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police, after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with bassist Noel Redding. ... Children Of The Future is the first album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1968. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Second album by the Steve Miller Band. ... Brave New World is the third album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1969. ... Your Saving Grace is the fourth album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1970. ... Number 5 is the fifth album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1970. ... Boz Scaggs album cover Boz Scaggs (born William Royce Scaggs, June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. ...


1973's The Joker marked the start of the second phase of Miller's career: more pop-oriented and simplistic, the album featured a number one hit in the U.S. in the title track as well as several other popular tunes. In fact, "The Joker" hit Number One on the UK singles chart in September 1990 after it was used on a television commercial. See also: other events of 1973 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 9 - Mick Jaggers request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust, putting an abrupt end to The Rolling Stones plans to tour the Orient. ... With The Joker, Steve Miller reached new heights of popularity and commercial success, often embracing pop-style music over his original rock roots. ... See also: 1989 in music, 1990 in British music, other events of 1990, 1991 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident...


Miller followed up The Joker with Fly Like an Eagle in 1976 and Book of Dreams in 1977. This pair of albums represented the peak of Miller's commercial career, both reaching the top echelons of the album charts and spawning a seemingly-endless series of hit singles, including "Rock'n Me", "Take the Money and Run", "Jet Airliner" and "Jungle Love". While critics lambasted Miller for abandoning his more ambitious approach and socially-aware lyrics for simple pop-rock and derivative blues tunes, fans gravitated towards the catchy, melodic songs in great numbers, and the Steve Miller Band co-headlined a major stadium tour with the Eagles in 1977. With The Joker, Steve Miller reached new heights of popularity and commercial success, often embracing pop-style music over his original rock roots. ... Fly Like an Eagle is the best known album by the Steve Miller Band. ... See also: other events of 1976 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 6 - Peter Frampton releases Frampton Comes Alive! January 7 - Kenneth Moss, a former record company executive, is sentenced to 120 days in the Los Angeles County Jail and four years probation for involuntary manslaughter in... Book Of Dreams is the tenth album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1977. ... See also: 1976 in music, other events of 1977, 1978 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Queens Bohemian Rhapsody is named The Best Single Of The Last 25 Years by BPI. In this year, the St. ... The Eagles are an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. ...


On the heels of this massive success, Miller took a long hiatus from recording and touring, emerging in 1981 with Circle of Love, an ambitious album possibly intended to appease critics of his new style. Sales were disappointing, however, and in 1982 he returned to the pop formula with another hit album, Abracadabra. This was Miller's last great commercial success; a series of collections, live albums and attempts to find a new style appeared sporadically, but after 1993 Miller gave up producing records altogether. However, he collaborated with Paul McCartney on the former Beatle's 1997 Grammy-nominated album, Flaming Pie. See also: Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 other events of 1981 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February... Circle of Love is the eleventh album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1981. ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 other events of 1982 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... Abracadabra is the twelfth album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1982. ... Sir James Paul McCartney MBE (born June 18, 1942) is an iconic Grammy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of the Beatles. ... See also: 1996 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 9 - David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic... Flaming Pie is an album by Paul McCartney, first released in 1997. ...


Discography

Steve Miller Band

Children Of The Future is the first album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1968. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... Second album by the Steve Miller Band. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... Brave New World is the third album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1969. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Your Saving Grace is the fourth album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1970. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Number 5 is the fifth album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1970. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Rock Love is the sixth album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1971. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... Recall The Beginning. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Released in 1972, Anthology provides a 16-track summary of the Steve Miller Bands first five albums, distilling their uneven space blues into a tight, effective collection of highlights. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... With The Joker, Steve Miller reached new heights of popularity and commercial success, often embracing pop-style music over his original rock roots. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Living in the U.S.A is the title of a 1973 album by U.S. rock group The Steve Miller Band. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Fly Like an Eagle is the best known album by the Steve Miller Band. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Book Of Dreams is the tenth album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1977. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Steve Miller Bands Greatest Hits 1974-1978, released in October 1978, has sold 13 million copies and is ranked 33rd on the Recording Industry Association of America list of best selling rock albums of all time. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Circle of Love is the eleventh album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1981. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Abracadabra is the twelfth album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1982. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Live! is the name of several albums: Live! (April Wine album) Live! (Bob Marley and the Wailers album) Live! (Cherish the Ladies album) Live! (Habib Koité & Bamada album) Live! (Status Quo album) Live! (The Police album) Live! (Yoshiaki Miyanoue album) Live! (Jonathan Edwards) Live! (Voltaire album) Live! (film), 2005 Dutch... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Italian X Rays is the thirteenth album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1984. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Living In The 20th Century is the fourteenth album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1986. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1. ... Wide River is the fifteenth album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1993. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

Solo recordings

Track Listing Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Ya Ya God Bless The Child Filthy McNasty Born To Be Blue Mary Ann Just A Little Bit When Sunny Gets Blue Willow Weep For Me Red Top ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

The word pompatus (also spelled pompitous) is used in the lyrics of Steve Millers 1973 pop-music song The Joker: Some people call me the space cowboy. ...

External links

  • Steve Miller Band Official Site
  • Steve Miller at All Music Guide
  • "The Joker" by Steve Miller: lyrics and biography, about the pompitous of love
  • In Steve Miller's "The Joker," what is "the pompatus of love"?

  Results from FactBites:
 
Steve Miller (musician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (509 words)
Steve Miller (born October 5, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American blues and rock and roll guitarist and performer.
Miller was born to Dr. George "Sonny" Miller, a pathologist, jazz enthusiast and amateur recording engineer, and Bertha, a jazz-influenced singer.
Miller's godfather is Les Paul, pioneer of the electric guitar.
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