#9 UK, #10 USA Pop, #48 R&B
At age 8 England’s Stephen Lawrence Winwood joined his father and older brother Muff in “The Ron Atkinson Band.”
In the early Sixties Little Stevie’s older brother let him join his group the “Muff Woody Jazz Band.” The group was local success.
Then by 1963 the brothers joined with guitarist Spencer Davis in “The Spencer Davis Group” and “I’m A Man” (Stevie was co-writer) is one of their resulting hits on both sides of the pond. Stevie could play the piano and sing lead at age 15 just like any of the adults in the industry and probably better than most! I didn’t even know he was but a teen, back in those days, just a few years older than I was: I just discovered this as an adult.
This was the last hit single by the “Spencer Davis Group” before brothers Steve and Muff Winwood left.
“I’m A Man” is another one of my many many favorites as a teen. Classic British Blues-Rock from the British Invasion era doesn’t get much better than this now does it?
Check out this awesome vintage live performance from 1967! This is why I heart YouTube!
BTW when Stevie sings the lyric about “got whiskers on my chin” I just gotta chuckle since he probably hadn’t even started to shave yet.