‘Gimme Some Lovin’ rock star Spencer Davis dead at 81

Britain Obit Spencer Davis

FILE – In this Jan. 10, 1966 file photo, members of the band, the Spencer Davis Group, from top left: Muff Winwood, Pete York and Steve Winwood and Spencer Davis, foreground. British guitarist and bandleader Spencer Davis, whose eponymous rock group had 1960s hits including “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m a Man,” has died at the age of 81. Davis’ agent, Bob Birk, said Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 that he died in a hospital while being treated for pneumonia. (AP Photo, File)

LONDON (AP) — British guitarist and bandleader Spencer Davis, whose eponymous rock group had 1960s hits including “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m a Man,” has died at the age of 81.

Davis’ agent, Bob Birk, said Tuesday that he died in a hospital while being treated for pneumonia.

Davis formed the Spencer Davis Group in 1963, with a teenage Steve Winwood on keyboards and guitar, his brother Muff Winwood on bass and Pete York on drums. With Steve Winwood as lead vocalist, the band had two No. 1 U.K. singles, “Keep on Running” in 1965 and “Somebody Help Me” in 1966, and seven British top 40 hits.

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