Steve Miller (musician)

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Steve Miller (born October 5, 1943) is a blues and rock and roll guitarist and performer. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 1960s. He formed a new band called The Ardells. Miller taught Boz Scaggs some chords, and Scaggs joined the Ardells the next year. The next school year Ben Sidran was added to the Ardells as a keyboardist.

In 1968, Miller formed the Steve Miller Band, with Scaggs 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. Scaggs would leave the band after a couple of albums with vocal chores taken over by drummer Tim Davis; Miller himself would begin singing occasional lead on 1969's Brave New World. These albums performed respectably on the album charts but failed to yield a hit.

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 title track as well as several other popular tunes. Miller was now handling all lead vocals; his limited vocal range actually made the songs more radio-friendly and accessible.

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 in favor of 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.

On the heels of this massive success, Miller took a long hiatus from recording and touring, emerging in 1981 with Circle of Love, an ambitous 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 would be Miller's last great commercial success; a series of collections, live albums and attempts to find a new style would appear sporadically, but by the early 1990s Miller had given up on producing records altogether.

Discography

  • The Joker, 1973 album
    • "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash", 1974 single
    • "The Joker", 1974 single
    • "Shu Ba da du Ma Ma Ma Ma", 1974 single
    • "Evil", 1975 single
  • Fly Like an Eagle, 1976 album
    • "Rock 'N' Me", 1976 single
    • "Take The Money And Run", 1976 single
    • "Serenade", 1976 single
    • "Fly Like An Eagle", 1977 single
    • "Dance, Dance, Dance", 1977 single
    • "Wild Mountain Honey", 1977 single
  • Book of Dreams, 1977 album
    • "Jet Airliner", 1977 single
    • "The Stake", 1977 single
    • "Swingtown", 1978 single
    • "Jungle Love", 1978 single
    • "True Fine Love", 1978 single
    • "Winter Time", 1979 single
  • Greatest Hits 1974-1978, 1978 compilation
  • Italian X Rays, 1984 album
    • "Shangri-La", 1984 single
    • "Bongo Bongo", 1985 single
  • Living in the 20th Century, 1986 album
    • "I Want To Make The World Turn Around", 1986 single
    • "Maelstrom", 1986 single
    • "Behind The Barn", 1986 single
    • "Nobody But You Baby", 1987 single
    • "Slinky", 1987 single
    • "Caress Me Baby", 1987 single
  • Born 2B Blue, 1988 album
    • "Ya Ya", 1988 single
    • "God Bless The Child", 1988 single
    • "Mary Ann", 1989 single
    • "Willow Weep For Me", 1989 single
    • "Born 2B Blue", 1989 single
  • Hayley Hibarger's the best!!, 2003 compilation

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This would be Miller's last great commercial success; a series of collections, live albums and attempts to find a new style would appear sporadically, but by the early 1990s Miller had given up on producing records altogether. It was also released on some "Rocafella Records" B-sides and some street "mixtapes" by Eminem's "Shady Records" and other mixtapes made by street DJs. Sales were disappointing, however, and in 1982 he returned to the pop formula with another hit album, Abracadabra. It got out as a single and hit New York radio stations as a big hit. On the heels of this massive success, Miller took a long hiatus from recording and touring, emerging in 1981 with Circle of Love, an ambitous album possibly intended to appease critics of his new style. In 2003, Puff Daddy gave 50 Cent rights to sample Biggie's verses from "Niggas" (a song from the Born Again album) into a song called "To All My Niggas". 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 in favor of 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. The video for the song also featured appearances by 98 Degrees and Fat Joe.

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In 1968, Miller formed the Steve Miller Band, with Scaggs 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. album. The next school year Ben Sidran was added to the Ardells as a keyboardist. The year 1999 saw another release of a posthumous Notorious B.I.G. Miller taught Boz Scaggs some chords, and Scaggs joined the Ardells the next year. Biggie's biggest chart hit was with the song "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems," an upbeat number featuring rappers Mase and Puff Daddy, and sampling the disco song "I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross for the beat. He formed a new band called The Ardells. The song sampled the melody of The Police's hit song "Every Breath You Take." All these artists performed the song with (former Police vocalist) Sting during the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards.

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 1960s. The song featured Puff Daddy, Wallace's widow Faith Evans and R&B group 112. Steve Miller (born October 5, 1943) is a blues and rock and roll guitarist and performer. However, the single that carried this album to the top was "I'll Be Missing You", a tribute and a massively successful single dedicated to Biggie. Hayley Hibarger's the best!!, 2003 compilation. At the end of 1997, Puff Daddy released his debut album "No Way Out," which featured Biggie on a number of songs, notably in the chorus of the single "Been Around the World" over David Bowie's sample ("Let's Dance!"). "Born 2B Blue", 1989 single. The album sold 10 million copies, probably due in part to its timely posthumous release, and it is still the biggest selling hip-hop album of all time.

"Willow Weep For Me", 1989 single. It hit number one on the Billboard charts and spawned several hit singles in the United States. "Mary Ann", 1989 single. The album was released only two weeks after Biggie's murder. "God Bless The Child", 1988 single. Life After Death, Biggie's second album, was released posthumously and debuted at #1 on the charts. "Ya Ya", 1988 single. Additionally, Director Nick Broomfield has released an investigative documentary called 'Biggie and Tupac' which implicates the LAPD and Suge Knight, and the Los Angeles Times ran an article entitled "Who Shot Tupac Shakur?" by reporter Chuck Phillips, which concludes that Biggie Smalls was ultimately behind the Las Vegas shooting of Tupac.

Born 2B Blue, 1988 album

    . In his book, LAbyrinth, LAPD officer Randall Sullivan probes the circumstances and figures involved in the shootings. "Caress Me Baby", 1987 single. Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight and the Mob Piru Bloods gang with whom he associates are among the prime suspects for involvement. "Slinky", 1987 single. Neither murder has been conclusively solved, though theories abound as to the motives and identities of the murderers. "Nobody But You Baby", 1987 single. On March 9, 1997, the horrific events came full circle when Biggie was shot and killed in Los Angeles, where he had been attending the 11th Annual Soul Train Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Center.

    "Behind The Barn", 1986 single. Rumors of Biggie's possible involvement in the murder cropped up almost immediately. "Maelstrom", 1986 single. The second of these shootings was fatal, taking place in Las Vegas, where Tupac had been watching a boxing match. "I Want To Make The World Turn Around", 1986 single. This feud hung over a period of highly publicized rap violence that began with two shootings in which Shakur was the victim. Living in the 20th Century, 1986 album

      . This rivalry existed between Biggie and Death Row rap superstar Tupac Shakur, a New York City native, who relocated to Los Angeles and Death Row Records because of the feud.

      "Bongo Bongo", 1985 single. Although Ready to Die brought massive fame to Biggie, he is most famed for his somewhat overplayed and ultimately tragic involvement in rap's most famous feud between the East and West Coast scenes. "Shangri-La", 1984 single. "One More Chance," which sampled the R&B song "Stay With Me," was a remix of the song by the same name that originally appeared on Ready to Die.. Italian X Rays, 1984 album

        . That same year, B.I.G.'s single One More Chance debuted at #5 on the Pop Charts, tying Scream/Childhood as the highest debut single in music history. Greatest Hits 1974-1978, 1978 compilation. That same year saw the mainstream introduction of Biggie's labelmates Lil' Kim and Lil' Caesar by the rap star.

        "Winter Time", 1979 single. (Junior Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes) released the album Conspiracy. "True Fine Love", 1978 single. In 1995, Biggie's new group Junior M.A.F.I.A. "Jungle Love", 1978 single. The album features one of rap's most famous playa anthems, the song "Big Poppa." Biggie's album drew critical acclaim for its vivid story-telling and razor-sharp lyricism, such as "They don't know about the stress filled day/Baby on the way, mad bills to pay/That's why you drink tanqueray/So you can reminisce and wish/You wasn't living so devilish." The album is considered by many to be one of the best and most hardcore hip-hop albums of all time. "Swingtown", 1978 single. Ready to Die is regarded as one of hip-hop's all-time classic albums.

        "The Stake", 1977 single. Blige on What's the 411?, then released Ready to Die, his debut album, in 1994. "Jet Airliner", 1977 single. He first gained notice for working with Mary J. Book of Dreams, 1977 album

          . In his lyrics, Biggie also referred to himself under the alias Frank White (taken from the 1990 movie King of New York starring Christopher Walken). "Wild Mountain Honey", 1977 single. Christopher Wallace (May 21, 1972 - March 9, 1997), also known as Biggie Smalls (after a stylish gangster in the 1975 comedy, Let's Do it Again), but best known as The Notorious B.I.G. (Business Instead of Game)., was a popular Brooklyn-born rapper of the mid-1990s.

          "Dance, Dance, Dance", 1977 single. Born Again (Bad Boy Records, 1999). "Fly Like An Eagle", 1977 single. Life After Death (Bad Boy Records, 1997). "Serenade", 1976 single. Ready to Die (Bad Boy Records, 1995). "Take The Money And Run", 1976 single. Download sample of "Niggas Bleed" from Life After Death.

          "Rock 'N' Me", 1976 single. Fly Like an Eagle, 1976 album

            . "Evil", 1975 single. "Shu Ba da du Ma Ma Ma Ma", 1974 single.

            "The Joker", 1974 single. "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash", 1974 single. The Joker, 1973 album

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