Formed in 1967, this stellar UK rock band comprised Steve Winwood (Stephen Lawrence Winwood, 12 May 1948, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England; keyboards, guitar, bass, vocals), Chris Wood (b. Christopher Gordon Blandford Wood, 24 June 1944, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, d. 12 July 1983, Birmingham, England; saxophone/flute, ex-Locomotive), Jim Capaldi (b. Nicola James Capaldi, 2 August 1944, Evesham, Worcestershire, England, d. 28 January 2005, London, England; drums/percussion/vocals) and Dave Mason (b. 10 May 1945, Worcester, England; guitar/vocals). Winwood had conceived, plotted and formed Traffic just prior to his departure from the Spencer Davis Group.
Traffic were archetypes of psychedelic Britain in 1967 in dress, attitude and music. They were the originators of the getting it together in the country cottage syndrome, which found so many followers. Their potpourri of musical styles was innovative and daring, created in...
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