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. Lead singer Gwen Stefani has taken time to record a solo album, Love Angel Music Baby, which was released November 23, 2004. Sales were disappointing, however, and in 1982 he returned to the pop formula with another hit album, Abracadabra. Rock Steady Live, a DVD of one of the band's Long Beach concert, has also been released. 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. No Doubt also released a 2-CD 2-DVD box set titled Boombox. 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. It included their first cover version, "It's My Life" which had originally been a hit for Talk Talk.

Miller followed up The Joker with Fly Like an Eagle in 1976 and Book of Dreams in 1977. An album featuring all their singles was released in 2003. Miller was now handling all lead vocals; his limited vocal range actually made the songs more radio-friendly and accessible. Gwen's hairstyle and clothing have been copied by teenage girls worldwide, who are sometimes called "gwenabees". 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. Publicity for the group was mainly focused on platinum-blonde Gwen and her image which took inspiration from 1940s Hollywood and punk rock. 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. No Doubt's most recent studio album, Rock Steady, produced two hit Grammy winning singles, "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All", with a notably more studio-influenced flavour.

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. Consequently, they have excluded many fan-favorite songs in post-2000 concerts such as "Home Now", "Comforting Lie", "Dark Blue" and "Artificial Sweetner". The next school year Ben Sidran was added to the Ardells as a keyboardist. The band has spoken unkindly of the album in more recent interviews for various reasons. Miller taught Boz Scaggs some chords, and Scaggs joined the Ardells the next year. The album featured a darker tone and was more lyrically advanced than No Doubt's previous works. He formed a new band called The Ardells. In 2000, the band released Return of Saturn, their highly anticipated followup to Tragic Kingdom.

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 1960s. No Doubt included its song "New" on the soundtrack to the movie Go in 1999. Steve Miller (born October 5, 1943) is a blues and rock and roll guitarist and performer. Tragic Kingdom has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Hayley Hibarger's the best!!, 2003 compilation. The release of 1995's Tragic Kingdom and the single "Just a Girl" allowed the group to achieve mainstream commercial success. A second single, "Spiderwebs", was also successful, and their third single, "Don't Speak" (1996), which was written about the dissolution of Gwen and Tony Kanal's romantic relationship, was a number one hit for 21 weeks on the airplay chart of the Billboard Hot 100. "Born 2B Blue", 1989 single. Their second album, The Beacon Street Collection, was released independently.

"Willow Weep For Me", 1989 single. No Doubt's self-titled first album was released in 1992 through Interscope, and featured the single "Trapped in a Box". "Mary Ann", 1989 single. In 1994, Eric left because he didn't like the direction the band was headed and pursued an animating career on the cartoon TV series The Simpsons. "God Bless The Child", 1988 single. The band developed a live following, mainly in the band's home state of California. "Ya Ya", 1988 single. The group was first formed by Eric Stefani in Orange County, California in the city of Anaheim in December 1986 with John Spence as lead singer. Spence committed suicide in 1987, leaving Eric's younger sister Gwen Stefani as lead vocalist.

Born 2B Blue, 1988 album

    . No Doubt is an American alternative rock group whose music was initially influenced heavily by ska, punk and New Wave. "Caress Me Baby", 1987 single. Everything in Time (2004). "Slinky", 1987 single. Boom Box (2003). "Nobody But You Baby", 1987 single. The Singles 1992-2003 (2003).

    "Behind The Barn", 1986 single. Rock Steady (2001). "Maelstrom", 1986 single. Return of Saturn (2000). "I Want To Make The World Turn Around", 1986 single. Tragic Kingdom (1995). Living in the 20th Century, 1986 album

      . Beacon Street Collection (1995).

      "Bongo Bongo", 1985 single. No Doubt (1992). "Shangri-La", 1984 single. Gabriel Mc Nair – Keyboard, horns. Italian X Rays, 1984 album

        . Stephen Bradley – Keyboard, horns. Greatest Hits 1974-1978, 1978 compilation. Adrian Young – Drums.

        "Winter Time", 1979 single. Tony Kanal – Bass. "True Fine Love", 1978 single. Tom Dumont – Guitar. "Jungle Love", 1978 single. Gwen Stefani – Vocals. "Swingtown", 1978 single.

        "The Stake", 1977 single. "Jet Airliner", 1977 single. Book of Dreams, 1977 album

          . "Wild Mountain Honey", 1977 single.

          "Dance, Dance, Dance", 1977 single. "Fly Like An Eagle", 1977 single. "Serenade", 1976 single. "Take The Money And Run", 1976 single.

          "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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