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. In 2004, founding member Ray Thomas retired from the group, leaving Lodge, Edge and Hayward to soldier on. Sales were disappointing, however, and in 1982 he returned to the pop formula with another hit album, Abracadabra. The new millennium saw the Moody Blues reducing their touring schedule. 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. Their 1999 studio album, Strange Times, generated little interest beyond the group's enduring fan base. 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. However, a heavy touring schedule kept them among the highest-earning concert acts, and a series of video and audio versions of their A Night at Red Rocks concert enjoyed great success, particularly as a fund-raiser for American public television.

Miller followed up The Joker with Fly Like an Eagle in 1976 and Book of Dreams in 1977. Keys of the Kingdom (1991) had but modest commercial success. Miller was now handling all lead vocals; his limited vocal range actually made the songs more radio-friendly and accessible. The band had begun to reinforce their concert sound in the later 1980s with the addition of a second keyboardist and female backing vocals, and they decided not to hire a permanent replacement in the keyboard chair, but instead to tour as a quartet with extra hired musicians. 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. The early 1990s saw the departure of Patrick Moraz. 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. The Moodies continued their early video-generation success with Sur la Mer (1988) and its video/single I Know You're Out There Somewhere, a sequel to Your Wildest Dreams.

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. But in 1986 they enjoyed renewed success with their album The Other Side of Life, in particular with the track Your Wildest Dreams, a top-40 hit which garnered a Billboard "Video of the Year" award after being frequently featured on MTV. The next school year Ben Sidran was added to the Ardells as a keyboardist. The band's popularity waned through the release of The Present (1983). Miller taught Boz Scaggs some chords, and Scaggs joined the Ardells the next year. On these albums the Moody Blues embraced a more modern and less symphonic sound, although synthesizers were still a strong part of their composition. He formed a new band called The Ardells. In spite of these difficulties, the album was a hit, as was 1981's Long Distance Voyager.

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 1960s. However, Pinder refused to tour and was replaced by former Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz. Steve Miller (born October 5, 1943) is a blues and rock and roll guitarist and performer. In 1977, the group reformed and after a tempestuous recording session, 1978's Octave was released. Hayley Hibarger's the best!!, 2003 compilation. Hayward and Lodge released a duet album, the very successful Blue Jays (1975) and the members each released solo albums. "Born 2B Blue", 1989 single. After that, the group took an extended break--originally announced as a permanent break-up--to recuperate from a heavy touring schedule.

"Willow Weep For Me", 1989 single. 1 in both the UK and the US) the band returned to their signature orchestral sound, which, while difficult to play in concert, had become the band's trademark. "Mary Ann", 1989 single. For their next two albums, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1971) and Seventh Sojourn (1972) (which reached No. "God Bless The Child", 1988 single. 1 in British charts), was indicative of the band's growing success in America. "Ya Ya", 1988 single. 3 in American charts (No.

Born 2B Blue, 1988 album

    . This album, reaching No. "Caress Me Baby", 1987 single. After that, the group decided to record only albums that could be played in concert, losing some of their bombastic sound for their next album, A Question of Balance (1970). "Slinky", 1987 single. The band's music continued to become more complex and symphonic, resulting in 1969's To Our Children's Children's Children, a concept album based around the band's celebration of the first moon landing. "Nobody But You Baby", 1987 single. The top-40 single from this album, Ride my See-Saw, was the first single to be mastered using eight-track recording technology.

    "Behind The Barn", 1986 single. The album plus two singles, "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon" became massively popular, as was the 1968 followup, In Search of the Lost Chord. "Maelstrom", 1986 single. The original album, Days of Future Passed (1967), was not the demo recording the label had ordered, but instead a successful commercial release. "I Want To Make The World Turn Around", 1986 single. The Moody Blues agreed, but insisted that they be given artistic freedom and left without supervision; they then convinced Peter Knight, who'd been assigned to arrange and conduct the orchestral interludes, to collaborate on a recording of their stage show instead. Living in the 20th Century, 1986 album

      . The Moody Blues contract with Decca Records was set to expire, and they owed the label several thousand pounds in advances. Deram Records (a London/Decca imprint) chose the Moody Blues to make an LP in order to promote Deramic Stereo and the group was to be forgiven its debt to the label to make a rock and roll version of Dvorak's New World Symphony.

      "Bongo Bongo", 1985 single. The band soon realized that their original style of American blues covers and novelty tunes was not working for them, and they determined to develop an original style. Their new style featured the symphonic sounds of the mellotron (an early analog sampling keyboard; Pinder had worked for its manufacturer) and Ray Thomas' flute, with the performance organized around a concept--one day in the life of everyman. "Shangri-La", 1984 single. After a series of unsuccessful singles, Warwick and Laine departed, replaced by John Lodge, also once a member of El Riot, and Justin Hayward, formerly of The Wilde Three, in 1966. Italian X Rays, 1984 album

        . "Go Now", released later that year, became a huge hit in the United Kingdom and charted moderately in the United States. Greatest Hits 1974-1978, 1978 compilation. Soon, the band had a contract with Decca Records and released an unsuccessful single, "Steal Your Heart Away", that year.

        "Winter Time", 1979 single. The pair recruited Denny Laine, Graeme Edge and Clint Warwick, appearing as the Moody Blues for the first time in Birmingham in 1964. "True Fine Love", 1978 single. Pinder left to join the army, but then rejoined Thomas to form the Krew Cats and had moderate success. "Jungle Love", 1978 single. At the time, Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder were El Riot & the Rebels, a popular band. "Swingtown", 1978 single. The Moody Blues originated in Birmingham, England.

        "The Stake", 1977 single. The Moody Blues were originally a British rhythm and blues-based band; they later became best known for psychedelic music and early progressive rock. "Jet Airliner", 1977 single. December (2003). Book of Dreams, 1977 album

          . Hall Of Fame - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2000). "Wild Mountain Honey", 1977 single. Strange Times (1999).

          "Dance, Dance, Dance", 1977 single. A Night at Red Rocks (1993). "Fly Like An Eagle", 1977 single. Keys Of The Kingdom - IMPORT UK (1991). "Serenade", 1976 single. Sur La Mer (1988). "Take The Money And Run", 1976 single. Prelude (1987).

          "Rock 'N' Me", 1976 single. The Other Side Of Life (1986). Fly Like an Eagle, 1976 album

            . The Present - IMPORT UK (1983). "Evil", 1975 single. Long Distance Voyager (1981). "Shu Ba da du Ma Ma Ma Ma", 1974 single. Octave UK (1978).

            "The Joker", 1974 single. Caught Live + 5 (1977). "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash", 1974 single. Seventh Sojourn (1972). The Joker, 1973 album

              . Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1971). A Question of Balance (1970).

              To Our Children’s Children’s Children (1969). On The Threshold Of A Dream (1969). In Search Of The Lost Chord (1968). Days of Future Passed (1967).

              Go Now! (1965).

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