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Keep On Running

by

The Spencer Davis Group



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Island Records impresario Chris Blackwell had brought his Jamaican Ska artist Wilfred "Jackie" Edwards over to England and introduced him to the band. Blackwell asked him if he had anything suitable for them to record. He played them a Ska record he had written, "Keep On Running," which Steve Winwood reworked to a more Rock sound on the piano. Following Keith Richard's lead in "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," the band's bass guitarist Muff Winwood used a fuzz guitar.
Spencer Davis: "No one had seen a picture of the group in America and in 1966, the radio was split into black and white stations. 'Keep On Running' was played on black stations in the States and when they saw a picture of these four shining white boys, the record was dropped from the playlists so the momentum was lost." (quote from 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh)
This was featured in the films Buster (1988) and Mr. Holland's Opus (1997).
Edwards also wrote The Spencer Davis Group's follow-up single, "Somebody Help Me." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
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Comments (7):

Muff Winwood didn't use a fuzzbass or a fuzz guitar.
It was Steve Winwood who used a fuzz guitar in the
intro.
- macadam, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
Why Isnt gimme some lovin' listed here
Gimme Some Lovin' more popular in the u.s. than Keep on Running
- nathan, l-burg, KY
This band were from Birmingham, England. Apart from Mr Davis there were a couple of brothers, Muff and Steve Winwood. Muff ended up as a record producer. Steve was only 15 when he joined the band, and 16 when this was released. The voice was already there. The band were a part of the r&b movement in England at the time, as were the Stones. Steve left to form a curious musical collective, Traffic, a short-lived supergroup with Eric Clapton, Blind Faith, then returned to Traffic before going solo. Check out some of his work, other than what has been sampled by Erik Prydz!
- Mark, Hereford, England
A very good group, a very good song, but I prefer "Gimme some loving", that's realy a great song!
- Teresa, Mechelen, Belgium
This is one of my favorite bands, because I was named after them!!!
- Spencer, Edmonton, Canada
Funny how there is such a large gap between the US chart and UK chart.
- Matt Ford, Buffalo, MN
When Steve Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group in the summer of 1967, one of the rejected applicants to be auditioned was a young piano player named Reginald Dwight, who would later launch a solo career, re-naming himself, Elton John.
- Dave, Phoenix, AZ
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