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Steve Miller
Born: October 5, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wi
Active: '60s-2010s Major
Styles: Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Arena Rock
Instrument: Guitar Representative
Albums: "Anthology", "The Best of 1968-1973", "Steve Miller Band" Representative
Songs: "The Joker", "Fly Like an Eagle", "Abracadabra"

UPC Type Title
077774610223 CD Abracadabra
077779448821 CD Anthology
077779527120 CD Best of 1968-73
016861775957 CD Bingo!
016861775926 CD Bingo!
4527583009986 (i) CD Bingo!
077774647625 CD Book of Dreams
5014797138834 (i) Vinyl Book of Dreams
077774830324 CD Born 2 B Blue
077778982623 CD Box Set
077779124626 CD Brave New World
740155500535 (i) CD Brave New World
077779124527 CD Children of the Future
740155500337 (i) CD Children of the Future
5014797138841 (i) Vinyl Circle of Love
755174596223 CD Extended Versions
090431893029 CD Extended Versions
094637111628 CD Fly Like an Eagle (30th Anniv.)
077774647526 CD Fly Like an Eagle
807297055092 (i) DVD Flyin' High (DVD)
5099923492127 CD Greatest Hits: 1974-
077774610124 CD Greatest Hits 1974-78
077771187216 Vinyl Greatest Hits 1974-78
077779444526 CD Joker
693692004328 CD Joker
016861771829 CD Let Your Hair Down
016861771850 CD Let Your Hair Down
077779131525 CD Live
740155105631 (i) CD Live
5291012900722 CD Live at the Carousel Ballroom San Francisco April
090431104620 CD Living in the U.S.a.
724382968627 CD Number 5
740155500733 (i) CD Number 5
077779444922 CD Sailor
740155500436 (i) CD Sailor
636551458924 (i) CD Sessions
823564628523 (i) CD Shake Your Tree
803341392014 Vinyl Shake Your Tree
822685814235 DVD Steve Miller Band-Live at Austin City Limits
4046661095272 (i) DVD Steve Miller Band: Live From Chica
740155500634 (i) CD Your Saving Grace

Biography: Steve Miller's career has encompassed two distinct stages: one of the top San Francisco blues-rockers during the late '60s and early '70s, and one of the top-selling pop/rock acts of the mid- to late '70s and early '80s with hits like "The Joker," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Rock'n Me," and "Abracadabra." Miller was turned on to music by his father, who worked as a pathologist but knew stars like Charles Mingus and Les Paul, whom he brought home as guests; Paul taught the young Miller some guitar chords and let him sit in on a session. Miller formed a blues band, the Marksmen Combo, at age 12 with friend Boz Scaggs; the two teamed up again at the University of Wisconsin in a group called the Ardells, later the Fabulous Night Trains. Miller moved to Chicago in 1964 to get involved in the local blues scene, teaming with Barry Goldberg for two years.

He then moved to San Francisco and formed the first incarnation of the Steve Miller Blues Band, featuring guitarist James "Curly" Cooke, bassist Lonnie Turner, and drummer Tim Davis. The band built a local following through a series of free concerts and backed Chuck Berry in 1967 at a Fillmore date later released as a live album. Scaggs moved to San Francisco later that year and replaced Cooke in time to play the Monterey Pop Festival; it was the first of many personnel changes. Capitol signed the group as the Steve Miller Band following the festival.

The band flew to London to record Children of the Future, which was praised by critics and received some airplay on FM radio. It established Miller's early style as a blues-rocker influenced but not overpowered by psychedelia. The follow-up, Sailor, has been hailed as perhaps Miller's best early effort; it reached number 24 on the Billboard album charts and consolidated Miller's fan base. A series of high-quality albums with similar chart placements followed; while Miller remained a popular artist, pop radio failed to pick up on any of his material at this time, even though tracks like "Space Cowboy" and "Brave New World" had become FM rock staples. Released in 1971, Rock Love broke Miller's streak with a weak band lineup and poor material, and Miller followed it with the spotty Recall the Beginning: A Journey from Eden. Things began to look even worse for Miller when he broke his neck in a car accident and subsequently developed hepatitis, which put him out of commission for most of 1972 and early 1973.

Miller spent his recuperation time reinventing himself as a blues-influenced pop/rocker, writing compact, melodic, catchy songs. This approach was introduced on his 1973 LP, The Joker, and was an instant success, with the album going platinum and the title track hitting number one on the pop charts. Now an established star, Miller elected to take three years off. He purchased a farm and built his own recording studio, at which he crafted the wildly successful albums Fly Like an Eagle and Book of Dreams at approximately the same time. Fly Like an Eagle was released in 1976 and eclipsed its predecessor in terms of quality and sales (over four million copies) in spite of the long downtime in between. It also gave Miller his second number one hit with "Rock'n Me," plus several other singles. Book of Dreams was almost as successful, selling over three million copies and producing several hits as well. All of the hits from Miller's first three pop-oriented albums were collected on Greatest Hits 1974-1978, which to date has sold over six million copies and remains a popular catalog item.

Miller again took some time off, not returning again until late 1981 with the disappointing Circle of Love. Just six months later, Miller rebounded with Abracadabra; the title track gave him his third number one single. The remaining albums released in the '80s -- Italian X Rays, 1984; Living in the 20th Century, 1986; and Born 2B Blue, 1988 -- weren't consistent enough to be critically or commercially successful. The early '90s saw Miller return to form with Wide River (the title track becoming a Top 40 chart entry) and the release of a retrospective box set compiled by the artist himself. Miller continued to headline shows into the 2000s, sharing the bill with classic rock acts such as 2008 tourmate Joe Cocker. In 2010, he and his band released Bingo!, the first release on Miller's own Space Cowboy Records and the group's first new studio album in 17 years. Let Your Hair Down followed a year later in the spring of 2011 and featured the last recordings of harmonica whiz Norton Buffalo, Miller's longtime collaborator, who died from lung cancer in 2009. ~ Steve Huey & Al Campbell, Rovi