Spencer Davis

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17 July 1941, Swansea, South Wales. The nominal leader of the Spencer Davis Group resumed a solo career in 1968 after managerial disagreements thwarted a liaison with Plastic Penny guitarist Mick Grabham and session pianist Kirk Duncan (co-writer of the last group single, ‘Short Change’). During a subsequent sojourn in Germany, Davis recorded ‘Aquarius’ from Hair before migrating to California, where he gained employment as a singing guitarist in venues such as Los Angeles’ Troubadour. Later, he was accompanied by bottleneck guitarist Pete Jamieson with whom he made the all-acoustic It’s Been So Long (1970). With guitarists Jon Mark and Alun Davies, Davis contributed to Chicago sessions for an album by Mississippi Fred McDowell. An amalgamation of Mark and Spencer came to nought but the Davis and Davies duo’s assault on the folk scene was more fruitful. A more ambitious collaboration with an Australasian rhythm section and...

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