Veteran British singer and talented guitarist Spencer Davis has passed away at 81. Davis was one of the pioneers of music responsible for serenading the '60s with hit songs like "Gimme Some Lovin."
Renowned British singer, rockstar, and the frontman of The Spencer Davis Group rock band, Spencer Davis, passed away at the age of 81 on Monday, October 19.
Davis, who was the brain behind hits songs like "Gimme Some Lovin" and "Keep on Running," that permeated the '60s, reportedly died in the hospital. He suffered from complications while receiving treatment for pneumonia.
Spencer Davis of The Spencer Davis Group at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on July 10, 2009 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
His tragic demise was mourned by his associate Bob Birk who acknowledged the singer as his friend and praising him for his ethics amongst other things in a statement to BBC that partly read:
"He was a very good friend. He was a highly ethical, very talented, good-hearted, extremely intelligent, generous man. He will be missed."
Davis went on to create The Spencer Davis Group, and that was when his career struck gold.
Other tributes have poured in on social media after the tragic news was announced. Radio presenter Suzy Wilde took to Twitter to honor the musician's legacy, describing him as "generous, warm, and funny." Jim Simpson, the Birmingham International Jazz Festival founder, also paid tribute to the deceased, praising his musical genius.
Born in Swansea in 1939, Davis was born with a talent for music and began learning the harmonica and accordion at the young age of 6. As a teenager, he performed at the local club during the night and taught during the daytime.
He took his first shot at a career by creating the first music band, The Saints, alongside Bill Wyman. When it failed, Davis went on to create The Spencer Davis Group, and that was when his career struck gold. He partnered with Stevie Windwood as the lead singer, his brother Muff as bassist, and drummer Peter York.
Together they reigned in the 1960s, and their debut single topped the UK charts, knocking out The Beatles. Their hit track "Gimme Some Lovin" remained relevant even three decades after its release as it was featured in the recent Helen Reddy biopic, "I Am Woman."
The band had four top-10 hits during their time together, and some of their singles made the top 40 charts. After the band broke up, Davis relocated to the United States and recorded a solo album. He then worked at Island Records in the mid-'70s alongside icon Bob Marley and Robert Palmer.
The late entertainer also made some guest appearances on some TV shows and movies. He didn't have much of a personal life as he never married or had kids. He was romantically linked to Christine Perfect, but they didn't last.