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The Spencer Davis Group are a British rock band formed in Birmingham in 1963, by Spencer Davis with Steve Winwood and his brother, Muff Winwood.

Their best known songs include the UK number ones "Somebody Help Me" and "Keep on Running" (both written by reggae musician Jackie Edwards), "I'm a Man" and "Gimme Some Lovin'", which reached #2 in the UK and #7 in the US.

Steve Winwood left in 1967 to form Traffic before joining Blind Faith, then forging a career as a solo artist.

After releasing a few more singles, the band ceased activity in 1968. They briefly reunited from 1973 to 1974 and Davis restarted a new group in 2006.
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"Keep On Running" was written by Jamaican singer-songwriter Jackie Edwards, who as well as having a successful singing career, was working in the UK for Island Records as a songwriter. The song was recorded by Edwards for his 1965 album Come on Home, and he recorded it again in the mid-1970s for his album Do You Believe in Love.

It was also a UK hit for John Alford in 1996, released as a double A-side with "If", and peaking at number 24.
"Keep On Running" has also been recorded by several other artists including Robben Ford (as the title track of his 2003 album), The Romantics (on Live on Stage), and Queen's drummer Roger Taylor, during the recording session of his second solo album Strange Frontier in 1984.

 The Spanish beat and rock group Los Salvajes, created a version of this song, titled "Corre, Corre", in 1966.
The song was most successfully recorded by the Spencer Davis Group and released as a single in November 1965 on Fontana Records, backed with "High Time Baby".  At the time, Chris Blackwell, who produced the recording, was trying to get his Island label established in the UK and was managing the Spencer Davis Group.

 He was lent funding from Scala Brown Associates for the single by offering a sizable share of his label as security; the success of the single meant that he was quickly able to repay the loan.  It was a number one hit on the UK Singles Chart in January 1966.  In the United States it reached number 76.

This version was included in the soundtrack of the 1988 film Buster and was used during the film's opening sequence that saw "Buster Edwards" (Phil Collins) steal a suit from a shop window for a friend's funeral. The song was included on the cassette and vinyl formats of the soundtrack, but omitted from the CD version for "legal reasons".

The song was also included in the 2007 romantic comedy Run Fatboy Run directed by David Schwimmer.
In 2009 the song was in Susan Nickson's Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps as the title to the eighth episode of series 8 and the soundtrack when Gaz tries to find the woman he wants (Donna).

Finnish rap band Ruger Hauer sampled the song on their own song "Elvis sanoo ei
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Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Loving


Gimme Some Lovin'" is a song written by Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis and Muff Winwood, although solely credited to Winwood on the UK single label, and performed by the Spencer Davis Group.

As recalled by bassist Muff Winwood, the song was conceived, arranged, and rehearsed in just half an hour. At the time, the group were under pressure to come up with another hit, following the relatively poor showing of their previous single, "When I Come Home", written by Jamaican-born musician Jackie Edwards, who had also penned their earlier number one hits, "Keep On Running" and "Somebody Help Me".

 The band auditioned and rejected other songs Edwards offered them, and they let the matter slide until, with a recording session looming, manager Chris Blackwell took them to London, put them in a rehearsal room at the Marquee Club, and ordered them to come up with a new song.

"We started to mess about with riffs, and it must have been eleven o'clock in the morning. We hadn't been there half an hour, and this idea just came. We thought, bloody hell, this sounds really good. We fitted it all together and by about twelve o'clock, we had the whole song. Steve had been singing 'Gimme, gimme some loving' - you know, just yelling anything, so we decided to call it that.

We worked out the middle eight and then went to a cafe that's still on the corner down the road. Blackwell came to see how we were going on, to find our equipment set up and us not there, and he storms into the cafe, absolutely screaming, 'How can you do this?' he screams. Don't worry, we said. We were all really confident. We took him back, and said, how's this for half an hour's work, and we knocked off 'Gimme Some Lovin' and he couldn't believe it. We cut it the following day and everything about it worked. That very night we played a North London club and tried it out on the public. It went down a storm. We knew we had another No. 1."
In 1966, "Gimme Some Lovin'" reached number two in the UK and number seven in the US. The song is ranked number 247 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The original UK version, which is the 'master' take of the song, differs in several respects from the version subsequently released in the US on the United Artists label, being slower, lacking the 'response' backing vocals in the chorus, some percussion, and the "live-sounding" ambience of the US single.

These additional overdubs (which were performed by some of the future members of Traffic), and the 'tweaking' of the recording's speed to create a brighter sound, were the work of producer Jimmy Miller, who remixed the song for its US release. (The US version has more often been used on reissue CDs, even those coming from Europe.) The single features the sound of the Hammond B-3 organ.
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Spencer Davis Group - Somebody Help Me


Somebody Help Me" is a single by The Spencer Davis Group, which was released in 1966. It became a number-one hit in the UK Singles Chart.[1] It remained at the UK chart summit for two weeks in April 1966.[2]

Like "Keep on Running", it was composed by Jackie Edwards.

The Everly Brothers also released a version on their album Two Yanks in England, released in mid 1966.

It was used as the theme tune to the 1960s-era hospital-based ITV drama series The Royal, which ran from 2003 to 2011, and its short-lived spin-off The Royal Today, which first aired in 2008.
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