Spencer Davis, born as Spencer David Nelson Davies (Swansea, Wales; July 17, 1939-California, October 19, 2020) was a British musician and multi-instrumentalist, founder of the beat group of the 1960s to which he gave his name The Spencer Davis Group. His early musical influences were skiffle, jazz and blues, the biggest genres of popular music in the 1960s. His influential artists include Big Bill Broonzy, Huddy Ledbetter, Buddy Holly, Davey Graham, John Martyn, Alexis Kornet and Long John Baldry. By the time he was 16, Davis was hooking on guitar and American rhythm and blues making his way across the Atlantic. With few opportunities to hear R&B in South Wales, Davis sought out any gig that came to town. When he heard a band called Dixieland perform a skiffle version of the R&B song "John Henry," Davis formed a band called The Saints, with Bill Perks, who later changed his name to Bill Wyman. When Davis moved to Birmingham, as a student he often performed on stage after his teaching as a teacher, he terminated that work. In Birmingham, he worked with Christine Perfect, who later married Fleetwood Mac musician John McVie. They were searching and playing various folk clubs with the Ian Campbell trio. With Perfect on piano and Davis on 12-string guitar, they performed Canadian folk songs such as "Spring Hill" and "Nova Scotia." They also performed songs by W.C. Handy and "Lead Belly". In 1963, Davis went to a Birmingham public house to see Muff Woody, a traditional jazz band made up of Muff and Steve Winwood. Steve, he was fifteen at the time, and he was already having offers for his musical skills. Books, five years older than his brother, was an accomplished jazz musician. Davis persuaded them to join him and drummer Pete York as a Rhythm and Blues quartet. Davis performed chords on guitar, vocals and harmonica, Steve Winwood on guitar, organ and vocals, Muff Winwood on bass and Pete York on drums. Standing out primarily with R&B covers, the band first played the Golden Eagle pub on Hill Street, but within a year they had landed a regular gig at The Marquee, and in 1964 they had changed the name to The Spencer Davis Group. The group had No. 1 hits in the UK with back-to-back releases in 1966 ("Keep on Running" and "" Somebody Help Me "). The Winwoods also sang on various hits from across the Spencer Davis Group up to I'm a Man. "in 1967. The Spencer Davis Group continued after Winwood split to form the Traffic group in April 1967 and they split up in 1969. Another group formation with Davis and York appeared in 1973 and disbanded in late 1974. The members of the band have performed several concerts in recent years, under the direction of Davis.