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Stephen Lawrence "Steve" Winwood (born 12 May 1948) is an English musician whose genres include rock, blue-eyed soul, rhythm and blues, blues rock, pop rock, and jazz. Though primarily a vocalist and keyboardist, Winwood also plays bass guitar, drums, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, violin, and other strings.

Winwood was a key member of The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith and Go. He also had a successful solo career with hits including "While You See a Chance", "Valerie", "Back in the High Life Again" and two US Billboard Hot 100 number ones: "Higher Love" and "Roll with It". He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Traffic in 2004.[1]

In 2005, Winwood was honoured as a BMI Icon at the annual BMI London Awards for his "enduring influence on generations of music makers."[2] In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked Winwood #33 in its 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.[3] Winwood has won two Grammy Awards. He was nominated twice for the Brit Award for Best British Male Artist: 1988 and 1989.[4][5]

References

  1. "Traffic". Rockhall.com. http://rockhall.com/inductees/traffic. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  2. "BMI Honors Top European Writers, Publishers at 2005 London Awards; Steve Winwood Named a BMI Icon". bmi.com. http://www.bmi.com/news/entry/334626. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  3. "The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/24161972/page/33. Retrieved 13 June 2009. "Steve Winwood exploded onto the London music scene as a teenager with his powerful, soulful tenor — notably on "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "I'm a Man" with the Spencer Davis Group." 
  4. "1988 Brit Awards". Awards & Winners. http://www.awardsandwinners.com/category/brit-awards/1988/. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  5. "1989 Brit Awards". Awards & Winners. http://www.awardsandwinners.com/category/brit-awards/1989/. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 

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