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Their debut album, Music In A Doll's house, was produced by Traffic's Dave Mason and Jimmy Miller - who also produced The Spencer Davis Group
, Traffic, The Rolling Stones and The Move's Blackberry Way (the first number one record I ever played on).
The Spencer Davis Group
with the magnificent voice of Steve Winwood, started a run of hits which make Birmingham one of the landmark music city's of the world.
Horace, 60, told why he decided to choose the rather obscure song Trampoline by e Spencer Davis Group
to highlight soul music from Birmingham.
Brummie People's Chart: 1 The Boys Are Back In Town, Thin Lizzy 2 Mr Blue Sky, Electric Light Orchestra 3 Red Red Wine, UB40 4 Superstar, Jamelia 5 Keep On Running, The Spencer Davis Group
6 Rio, Duran Duran 7 I Got You Babe, UB40 8 Livin' Thing, ELO 9 Save A Prayer, Duran Duran 10 She Drives Me Crazy, Fine Young Cannibals 11 Valerie, Steve Winwood 12 Come On Eileen, Dexys Midnight Runners 13 Nights In White Satin, Moody Blues 14 I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Wizzard 15 Sweet Talkin' Woman, ELO 16 Hungry Like The Wolf, Duran Duran 17 Ordinary World, Duran Duran 18 (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You, UB40 19 Merry Xmas Everybody, Slade 20 Girls On Film, Duran Duran
From the Spencer Davis Group
and the Winwood Brothers, through heavy metal and the New Romantics to reggae and bhangra and beyond, the city has an outstanding record.
He regularly photographed musicians and singers who performed in the West Midlands during the 1960s, including The Rolling Stones, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Nina Simone, Rod Stewart, The Spencer Davis Group
as well as the first publicity shots of The Moody Blues and The Move.
The city's first R&B festival climaxed here on February 28, 1964, with a revolving stage that carried local heroes, the Spencer Davis Group
, as well as Sonny Boy Williamson, the Yardbirds and Long John Baldry, whose band featured a new vocalist called Rod Stewart.
Keep On Running by The Spencer Davis Group
, Nimrod from Enigma Variations by Elgar and Keep Right On by Harry Lauder.
In order of appearance there was Amen Corner, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen, Spencer Davis Group
, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich, Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, Easybeats, Chris Farlowe, Flowerpot Men, Foundations, New Vaudeville Band, The Move and PJ Proby.
At the age of 15, whilst still attending Great Barr School, he ran with the Spencer Davis Group
. I guess Steve has just kept on running.
Meanwhile, the exciting Spencer Davis Group
had broken into the UK top 50 on three occasions with I Can't Stand It, Every Little Bit Hurts and Strong Love.