Steve Winwood

Singer-songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist

Stephen Lawrence "Steve" Winwood is an English songwriter and musician whose genres include blue-eyed soul, R&B, rock, blues-rock, pop-rock, and jazz. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays the electric organ, synthesizers, bass, drums, guitar, mandolin, violin and other strings. A star performer for nearly 50 years, he has also done notable work as a producer. In addition to his solo career, Winwood was a key member of The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith and Go.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Steve Winwood.


1948 Birth Born on May 12, 1948.


1965 17 Years Old At the end of 1965 the group had their first number one single with "Keep On Running" and the money from this success allowed Winwood to buy his own Hammond B-3 organ. … Read More
1967 19 Years Old After Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group in April 1967, the quartet formed Traffic. … Read More


1969 - 1972 3 More Events
1973 25 Years Old He recorded a 1973 album with Remi Kabaka, Aiye-Keta, for Antilles Records, and in 1976 provided vocals and keyboards on Go, a concept album by Japanese composer Stomu Yamashta.
1976 28 Years Old In 1976, Winwood also played guitar on the Fania All Stars’ Delicate and Jumpy record and performed as a guest with the band in their only UK appearance, a sold-out concert at the Lyceum Theatre, London.
1977 29 Years Old Weariness with the grind of touring and recording prompted Winwood to leave Traffic and retire to sessioning for some years. Under pressure from Island Records, he resurfaced with his self-titled first solo album in 1977.


1978 - 1980 2 More Events
1983 35 Years Old He continued to do sessions during this period, and in 1983 he co-produced and played on Jim Capaldi's top 40 hit "That's Love" and co-wrote the Will Powers top 20 hit "Kissing with Confidence".
1986 38 Years Old In 1986 he moved to New York. … Read More
1987 39 Years Old Winwood now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Eugenia Crafton, whom he married in 1987. … Read More


1994 46 Years Old In 1994, Capaldi and Winwood reunited Traffic for a new album, Far From Home, and a tour, including a performance at Woodstock '94 Festival. … Read More
1995 47 Years Old In 1995 and 1996, Winwood released Reach for the Light for the animated film Balto.
1997 49 Years Old In 1997, Winwood released a new album, Junction Seven, toured the US and sang with Chaka Khan at the VH-1 Honors.


1998 50 Years Old In 1998, Winwood joined Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle and other musicians to form the band "Latin Crossings" for a European tour, after which they split without making any recordings.
2000 52 Years Old Winwood also appeared in the film Blues Brothers 2000, as a member of the Louisiana Gator Boys, appearing on stage with Isaac Hayes, Eric Clapton, and KoKo Taylor at the battle of the bands competition.
2003 55 Years Old In 2003, Winwood released a new studio album, About Time on his new record label, Wincraft Music. 2004 saw his 1982 song "Valerie" used by Eric Prydz in a song called "Call on Me". … Read More
2005 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, his Soundstage Performances DVD was released, featuring recent work from the About Time album along with prior hits including "Back in the High Life". … Read More
2006 58 Years Old Christina Aguilera features Winwood (using the piano and organ instrumentation from the "John Barleycorn" track, "Glad") on one of her songs from her 2006 record Back to Basics, called "Makes Me Wanna Pray".
2007 59 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 2007, Winwood performed in support of the pro-fox hunting organisation the Countryside Alliance in a concert at Highclere Castle, joining fellow rock artists Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, Steve Harley and Kenney Jones.


2008 - 2009 2 More Events
2012 64 Years Old …  On 28 March 2012 Winwood was one of Roger Daltrey's special guest stars for "An Evening with Roger Daltrey and Friends" gig, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall.
2013 65 Years Old In 2013 Winwood toured North America with Rod Stewart as part of the "Live the Life" tour.
2014 66 Years Old In 2014, Winwood toured North America with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
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