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 has also sold triple platinum in Finland, platinum in Germany and reached #1 on the Greek, German and Norwegian album charts. Sales were disappointing, however, and in 1982 he returned to the pop formula with another hit album, Abracadabra. A new album entitled Once was released on the June 7, 2004, along with their first single, Nemo, from that album. Once is their second album to feature a full length song in Finnish (Kuolema tekee taiteilijan). 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. These rumours have been proven to be false, as they have played an entire year of gigs and released a new album since. 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. Tarja also got married during the summer of 2003, and there were rumours abound that the band was about to split up.

Miller followed up The Joker with Fly Like an Eagle in 1976 and Book of Dreams in 1977. In 2003, Nightwish released a second DVD, entitled End of Innocence. Miller was now handling all lead vocals; his limited vocal range actually made the songs more radio-friendly and accessible. It set a record on the Finnish album charts as well; never before had the second been so distant from the first place. 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. Century Child was certified gold two hours after its release, and platinum two weeks afterwards. 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 main difference from previous albums is the use of a live orchestra on many songs, to get a stronger feeling of classical music.

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. In 2002 Nightwish released Century Child, and the singles Ever Dream and Bless the Child. The next school year Ben Sidran was added to the Ardells as a keyboardist. Hietala left Sinergy to join Nightwish, however, he is also a part of the band Tarot. Miller taught Boz Scaggs some chords, and Scaggs joined the Ardells the next year. Shortly afterwards, Sami Všnskš left the band for personal reasons, and Marco Hietala from Sinergy joined the band. He formed a new band called The Ardells. All of these were entitled From Wishes to Eternity.

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 1960s. They also released a VHS, DVD and CD with live material. Steve Miller (born October 5, 1943) is a blues and rock and roll guitarist and performer. Together with a couple of new songs and a remake of an old one, this was released as the EP Over the Hills and Far Away. Hayley Hibarger's the best!!, 2003 compilation. In 2001 Nightwish recorded a cover of Gary Moore's Over the Hills and Far Away. "Born 2B Blue", 1989 single. Wishmaster was, despite long-awaited releases from Iron Maiden and Bon Jovi, at the same time declared album of the month in the German magazine Rock Hard.

"Willow Weep For Me", 1989 single. During those three weeks it was certified gold. "Mary Ann", 1989 single. It went straight to first position in the Finnish album charts, and stayed there for three weeks. "God Bless The Child", 1988 single. In May they released the album Wishmaster. "Ya Ya", 1988 single. They won the public televoting, but the jury overruled.

Born 2B Blue, 1988 album

    . They ended up in third place. "Caress Me Baby", 1987 single. In 2000 Nightwish participated in the Finnish qualification for the Eurovision song contest with the song "Sleepwalker". "Slinky", 1987 single. Oceanborn was certified gold in August. "Nobody But You Baby", 1987 single. This single sold 15.000 copies during the first month in Germany alone.

    "Behind The Barn", 1986 single. In 1999 they recorded the single Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse), for the eclipse in Germany. "Maelstrom", 1986 single. This album did better than anyone expected. "I Want To Make The World Turn Around", 1986 single. The single from that album, Sacrament of Wilderness, went straight to the first place of the Finnish single charts. Living in the 20th Century, 1986 album

      . It reached position 5 on the Finnish album charts.

      "Bongo Bongo", 1985 single. This album was a little heavier than the previous one. "Shangri-La", 1984 single. This year they released the album Oceanborn. Italian X Rays, 1984 album

        . In 1998 Sami Všnskš joined the band to play bass guitar. Greatest Hits 1974-1978, 1978 compilation. A single entitled The Carpenter had been released beforehand, and it reached position 8 on the Finnish singles chart.

        "Winter Time", 1979 single. Angels Fall First was released in November, and reached position 31 on the Finnish album charts. "True Fine Love", 1978 single. In May the same year, they were signed onto the Finnish record label Spinefarm Records for two records. "Jungle Love", 1978 single. These songs can be found on the limited edition of Angels Fall First. "Swingtown", 1978 single. In April they went into the studio and recorded seven songs.

        "The Stake", 1977 single. The acoustic guitar was replaced with an electric one. "Jet Airliner", 1977 single. In early 1997 Jukka Nevalainen joined the band, to play drums. Book of Dreams, 1977 album

          . The name Nightwish came from one of the songs on their very first acoustic demo ("Nightwish", "The Forever Moments" and "Etišinen"). "Wild Mountain Honey", 1977 single. At this time there were three band members: Holopainen, Turunen and Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen (guitar).

          "Dance, Dance, Dance", 1977 single. It started out as Holopainen's experiment using keyboards, acoustic guitar and the operatic voice of Tarja Turunen. "Fly Like An Eagle", 1977 single. Nightwish's formation officially took place in Kitee, Finland in July of 1996. "Serenade", 1976 single. The recent commercial success of Nightwish has made certain power metal elitists label their music pop metal. "Take The Money And Run", 1976 single. Tuomas Holopainen once described their music as "melodic heavy metal with a female voice".

          "Rock 'N' Me", 1976 single. The musical style of Nightwish has been described as epic metal, power metal, opera metal, symphonic metal, and goth metal, amongst others. Fly Like an Eagle, 1976 album

            . In recent songs, Marco Hietala, the bass player, has started to sing as well. "Evil", 1975 single. These are performed by Tarja Turunen, who has studied classical singing in the Finnish Sibelius Academy, and currently studies opera singing in Germany. "Shu Ba da du Ma Ma Ma Ma", 1974 single. While the songs are mostly written by the band's keyboard player, Tuomas Holopainen, their success is also widely attributed to the vocals.

            "The Joker", 1974 single. Nightwish is a Finnish goth/power metal band, formed in 1996. "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash", 1974 single. Within Temptation. The Joker, 1973 album

              . Visions of Atlantis. Tristania.

              Theatre of Tragedy. Stratovarius. Sonata Arctica. Epica.

              Elis. Edenbridge. After Forever. End of Innocence (2003).

              From Wishes to Eternity (2001). Tales from the Elvenpath (2004). Kuolema tekee taiteilijan (2004). Wish I Had an Angel (2004).

              Nemo (2004). Bless the Child (2002). Ever Dream (2002). Over the Hills and Far Away (2001).

              Deep Silent Complete (2000). Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse) (1999). Walking in the Air (1999). Sacrament of Wilderness (1998).

              The Carpenter (1997). Once (2004). Century Child (2002). Wishmaster (2000).

              Oceanborn (1998). Angels Fall First (1997). Sami Všnskš - bass. Jukka Nevalainen - drums.

              Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen - guitar. Marco Hietala - bass, vocals. Tuomas Holopainen - keyboards, piano. Tarja Turunen - vocals.

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