Tuesday Open Thread | Steve Winwood Week

More Steve Winwood. Hope you’re enjoying this week’s music. I’m a HUGE Winwood fan, in all his band permutations.

SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 23: Steve Winwood performs during day two of the Outside Lands festival on August 23, 2008 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO – AUGUST 23: Steve Winwood performs during day two of the Outside Lands festival on August 23, 2008 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)

Stephen Lawrence Winwood was born in Handsworth, Birmingham. His father, Lawrence, a foundryman by trade, was a semi-professional musician, playing mainly the saxophone and clarinet. Young Winwood became interested in swing and Dixieland jazz as a boy and started playing drums, guitar and piano. He first performed with his father and older brother, Muff, in the Ron Atkinson Band at the age of eight. Winwood was a choirboy at St John’s Church of England, Perry Barr. He later admitted to having “sneaked a few plays” of the organ there. While he was still young the family moved from Handsworth to the semi-rural suburb of Great Barr at the northern edge of the city. Winwood attended the Great Barr School which was one of the first comprehensive schools, where a teacher recalled him being a conscientious and able student who displayed ability in mathematics. He also attended the Birmingham and Midland Institute of Music to develop his skills as a pianist, but did not complete his course.

The Finer Things

Whilst still a pupil at Great Barr School Winwood was a part of the Birmingham rhythm and blues scene, playing the Hammond B-3 organ and guitar, backing blues singers such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Eddie Boyd, Otis Spann, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley on their United Kingdom tours, the custom at that time being for US singers to travel solo and be backed by pickup bands. At this time, Winwood was living on Atlantic Road in Great Barr, close to the Birmingham music halls where he played. Winwood modelled his singing after Ray Charles.

Winwood joined the Spencer Davis Group at age 14, along with his older brother, Muff, who later had success as a record producer. Steve’s distinctive high tenor singing voice and vocal style drew comparisons to Ray Charles. At the end of 1965 the group had their first number one single with “Keep On Running”[10] and the money from this success allowed Winwood to buy his own Hammond B-3 organ.

During this time Winwood joined forces with guitarist Eric Clapton as part of the one-off group Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse. Songs were recorded for the Elektra label, but only three tracks made the compilation album, What’s Shakin’. Winwood co-wrote and recorded the hits “Gimme Some Lovin'” and “I’m a Man” before leaving the Spencer Davis Group. Winwood met drummer Jim Capaldi, guitarist Dave Mason, and multi-instrumentalist Chris Wood when they jammed together at The Elbow Room, a club in Aston, Birmingham. After Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group in April 1967, the quartet formed Traffic. Soon thereafter, they rented a cottage near the rural village of Aston Tirrold, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) to write and rehearse new music. The period at the cottage proved important in the band’s development.

Early in Traffic’s formation, Winwood and Capaldi formed a songwriting partnership, with Winwood writing music to match Capaldi’s lyrics. This partnership was the source of most of Traffic’s material, including popular songs such as “Paper Sun” and “The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys”, and outlived the band, producing several songs for Winwood and Capaldi’s solo albums. Over the band’s history, Winwood performed the majority of their lead vocals, keyboard instruments, and guitars. He also frequently played bass and percussion up to and including the recording sessions for their fourth album.


Can’t Find My Way Home

Gimme Some Lovin’

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62 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Steve Winwood Week

  1. eliihass says:

    Funny how the same folks who denigrated, humiliated, taunted and shunned Camille Cosby because she wouldn’t publicly condemn her husband’s 40 year old infidelities and stand with his accusers to punish him…

    Funny how these same folks think that Hillary Clinton and her political ambitions must be protected from what they conveniently deem ‘rehashed’ and ‘unfair’ ‘attacks’ concerning Bill Clinton’s infidelities and bad behavior in the Oval office 25 years ago…infidelities they argue should also now be considered passé and irrelevant…

  2. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Baltimore Police Officer Edward M. Nero will stand trial before a judge rather than a jury on charges stemming from the arrest of Freddie Gray, clearing the way for the first verdict in the closely watched case as early as next week.”


  3. msnbc has called the WV primary race for Bernie Sanders. CNN is reporting a slight Clinton lead. I loathe these phuckers.

    • Ametia says:

      Dear Hillster & the rest of ya’ll.

      Bernie can only lose the nomination for sure,if he drops out without even giving VOTERS the opportunity to VOTE for him.

      Bernie stays in, and he wins another state (WEST VIRGINIA) tonight, perhaps Nebraska?

      SEE HOW THIS WORK, FOLKS?!!!!!!!

  4. eliihass says:

    Responding to Rubio, Trump:

    ‘…It is only the people who’ve not been asked, that are taking themselves out of contention as potential V.P…’


    So much comic relief to be had…

    • Liza says:

      Yay, Bernie!

      I suppose now that he has won another state, the HRC camp and MSM will be calling for him to give it up, he can’t win the nomination.

    • eliihass says:


      This is the woman who supposedly knows how to act on the world stage..this is the woman that’s supposedly ‘savvy’, ‘wicked smart’ and ‘understands diplomacy’…

      ‘…Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shared a laugh with a television news reporter moments after hearing deposed Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi had been killed.

      “We came, we saw, he died,” she joked when told of news reports of Qaddafi’s death by an aide in between formal interviews.

      Clinton was in Tripoli earlier this week for talks with leaders of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC).

      The reporter asked if Qaddafi’s death had anything to do with her surprise visit to show support for the Libyan people.

      “No,” she replied, before rolling her eyes and saying “I’m sure it did” with a chuckle…’


      • OMG! She always laughing at inappropriate times.

        • eliihass says:

          Worse, she was the SoS…

          And we were supposedly not involved in the killing…the official story was that he was killed by his own people…

          But here’s our supposedly ‘savvy’ and ‘wicked smart’ SoS who’s supposed to know how to handle these sensitive matters, glibly yapping about ‘we came, we saw, he died…’

      • Liza says:

        I’m not at all shocked or even a little surprised by this behavior. I just keep asking why in the blazing hell she had to be stuffed down our throats. Bill was bad enough, now this.

  5. No candidate since 1960 has won the presidential race without winning two of three swing states: Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Bernie Sanders wins over Donald Trump in all three key states.


    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      It will be interesting to see how the appeals court decides.

      Thanks for posting this, SG2.

    • Ametia says:




    • Liza says:

      There’s always something like this going on with the Clintons. That’s the way it’s going to be if she’s elected, one thing after another. Makes me really upset she has been stuffed down our throats.

      • If she gets elected another Clinton impeachment is coming. Democrats keep effing up with the scandalous Clintons. Got dammit!

      • eliihass says:

        So much for the exhortation that people must ‘vote’ or ‘disenfranchise’ themselves…

        How is the process ‘democratic’, and how are people having their ‘voices heard’, when even the candidate-selection process is rigged…when the party predetermines and handpicks the candidate and then admonishes you to ‘vote or else’…

        That’s not democracy…that’s not how it’s supposed to work…

        And no amount of yelling ‘vote or be disenfranchised’ makes it right…

        We only serve as useful idiots helping to propel a hand-picked, predetermined candidate – the preferred candidate of the establishment for whom the field has been preemptively cleared by strong-arming and bullying others out…

        That’s not democracy…that’s not making ‘our voices heard’…that’s not what voting should be …

        Voting is we the people, independently picking a preferred candidate of ones choice – after studying up on a full slate of candidates competing fairly and squarely in the process…

        Voting is not being force-fed a singular establishment candidate that has been pre-selected and given every advantage…and we the people are then only invited – no strong-armed into using our precious individual vote to validate a rigged process and a corrupt and unworthy candidate…

        No can do..

    • eliihass says:

      There’s no such thing as an ‘off-limits’ question when you may have potentially committed an offense and are being interrogated by the FBI to determine the what, how and why…

      The thing about dishonest, corrupt and underhanded folks is that sooner or later, the lies and misdeeds catch up with these folks..

      The unraveling begins…

  6. rikyrah says:

    Trump Can’t Pivot

    The pundits who say he’s going moderate are missing something.

    By Jamelle Bouie

    Thus far, in the narrative of the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump is the “unpredictable” one who will scramble the fall election. What this means in practice is that everything Trump says feeds the narrative, even if, after the most cursory examination, it doesn’t fit. And so Monday, for example, we’re told the wily Trump has shifted positions on taxes and the minimum wage, craftily moving toward Hillary Clinton’s left ahead of the general.


    The real test of Trump’s ability to shift to a general election is whether he can make his core principles palatable to a broad audience, or at least obscure them enough to escape scrutiny. And yes, Trump has core principles.

    If there’s one constant in Trump’s rhetoric, from his role in the “birther” movement five years ago to his present campaign, it’s his nativism, his anti-Muslim attitudes, his assorted flavors of bigotry. His opening campaign gambit was mass deportation coupled with a wall along the Mexican border—a position he still holds. Later that fall, he bolstered his intra–Republican Party popularity with a call to ban Muslims from the United States. He boosts racists on social media, is friendly (or at least not hostile) to real-life white supremacists, and has refused to disavow anti-Semitic attacks from his online supporters. Even now, after winning the GOP nomination, he indulges misogyny and misogynistic attacks.

    In the 10 months since he launched his campaign for president, Trump has showed the extent to which bigotry sits at the center of his persona. And if he’s going to shapeshift for a general audience, he needs to obscure it. Thus far, there’s no evidence he can. On Thursday, the Republican presidential nominee appeared on Fox News with Bill O’Reilly, where he delivered a message to Vicente Fox, the former Mexican president. “Yeah,” he said, “get your money ready, ’cause you’re going to pay for the wall.” When your campaign is all affect and attitude, what is there to pivot away from but yourself?

  7. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    Here’s what Donald Trump thinks about voting
    05/10/16 01:21 PM
    By Zachary Roth
    Donald Trump has said he wants “maximum voter participation,” and that he’s running a campaign “based on empowering voters, not sidelining them.” But when it comes to the voting laws that threaten to disenfranchise voters in states across the country this year, he sings a very different tune.

    Trump made clear Sunday he supports voter ID laws and other restrictive rules. And, going further even than most other Republicans, he has falsely claimed there’s an epidemic of illegal voting, including by the undocumented immigrants he wants to deport en masse.

    Pressed by Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Trump discussed his views on voting rules in more detail than he has yet. Those comments, along with other remarks he made earlier this year, give us a pretty clear idea of what the presumptive GOP nominee thinks about access to the ballot.

    Trump and Todd had the following revealing exchange:

    Todd: Do you want to see the voting laws changed to make it easier to vote?

    Trump: I want to see voting laws so that people that are citizens can vote. Not so people that can walk off the street and can vote, or so that illegal immigrants can vote–

    Todd: So you’re not for same-day voter registration?

    Trump: No, no. I want to make the voting laws so that people that– it doesn’t make any difference how they do it. But I don’t think people should sneak in through the cracks. You have to have – And whether that’s an ID or any way you want to do it. But you have to be a citizen to vote.

    Todd: Well, of course. That is the law as it stands already. Let me ask–

    Trump: No, it’s not. I mean, you have places where people just walk in and vote.

  8. Dizzle Morrison – “Evolve”

    Evolve touches on our current collective mindset while bringing awareness to the growing homeless population in his hometown.

  9. Ametia says:

    MEMO to the HIllster & her TROLLS.

    You will not shut down our free speech, to ward off the TRUTH about the LYING, CONIVING, POWER-HUNGRY HILLSTER!

  10. rikyrah says:

    Why I am a Bull on This Election
    by BooMan
    Tue May 10th, 2016 at 10:48:58 AM EST


    I don’t like to repeat myself, but it’s my belief that the Republicans operate at a disadvantage because their policies are broadly unpopular. They are still able to succeed because they are extremely good at fighting each news cycle with a coherent and unified message that is carefully crafted to create an us vs. them narrative which basically tribalizes our elections and our political discourse. They simply cannot accomplish this task anymore because most of their thought leaders, from Erick Erickson at Red State, to many of their hate radio broadcasters, to the National Review, to most of their communitariat on television, to their foreign policy elite, to the Bushes, Romneys, and McCains, to the Speaker of the House and many congresspeople and senators, all refuse to sing from Trump’s hymnal. Trump also won’t be able to raise enough money to compete, and he won’t mobilize the leaders in the social conservative movement. He’ll also be fighting the president and his bully pulpit, who will have the advantage of not being a candidate.

    It’s not enough to say that the Republicans always win Georgia. You have to look at all the things they do that make winning Georgia easy for them. If they can’t do those things, then suddenly Georgia isn’t easy for them.

    I come at politics as an organizer with an organizer’s perspective, which means that I don’t put too much stock in what candidates say, but I look very carefully at what they build. The same is true of parties, which is why I identified Obama as an outlier eight years ago, because he was focused as much on building an organization to win as he was on winning rhetorical arguments with his opponents. The reason I early on concluded that Sanders had no chance at the nomination was as much about how late he got started and how little progress he made uniting elected progressives and progressive organizers as it was about his standing with the black vote. And the reason I am bullish on Trump collapsing is only partly about his staggering flaws as a human being. It’s mainly about his inability to get the GOP up and running the way a major party needs to be run in order to wage a competitive national election.

    I see no way that he can do it, and it doesn’t really matter if he can peel off some disaffected Rust Belt union Democrats. The Republicans cannot hold their own people in line without a unified and disciplined and tribalized message that is very well funded and never internally contradicted. The right doesn’t move as a Borg without this, and they cannot maintain their historical strength under these conditions.

  11. Ametia says:

    The First Sitting U.S. President to Visit Hiroshima

    President Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan after the conclusion of the G-7 Summit later this month.

    There has been intense interest on both sides of the Pacific in the possibility of a presidential visit to Hiroshima — the first by a sitting U.S. President — so I wanted to share some details on what the purpose of the visit is, and what the President will do.

    Given recent travel to Hiroshima by our Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as the city’s role in hosting the G-7 Ministerial in April, we believe that this is the appropriate moment for the President to visit this city and shrine.


  12. rikyrah says:

    Trump gives away one of his strongest arguments
    05/10/16 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Billionaire media mogul Stanley Hubbard wrote checks in support of several Republican presidential candidates during the primaries, even contributing $10,000 to a political action committee devoted to defeating Donald Trump. Yesterday, however, Hubbard effectively surrendered, taking a leadership role at Great America PAC, a pro-Trump super PAC.

    On the surface, the reversal is an interesting story about a Republican mega-donor grudgingly throwing his support to a presidential candidate he actively dislikes. But just below the surface, a different kind of story emerges: Donald Trump has a super PAC? He’s relying on billionaire donors?

    What about all that stuff about “self-funding” his campaign?

    As it turns out, Trump is taking one of the best arguments in support of his candidacy and throwing it out the window. The New York Times reported overnight:
    Donald J. Trump took steps to appropriate much of the Republican National Committee’s financial and political infrastructure for his presidential campaign on Monday, amid signs that he and the party would lag dangerously behind the Democrats in raising money for the general election.

    Mr. Trump, who by the end of March had spent around $40 million of his fortune on the primaries, has said that he may need as much as $1.5 billion for the fall campaign, but that he will seek to raise it from donors rather than continue to self-finance.

    As recently as four days ago, Trump was still publicly claiming, “I’m self-funding my campaign.” Except, he isn’t. The presumptive Republican nominee could self-fund if he’s as exorbitantly wealthy as he claims, but Trump will instead run a more conventional operation, dependent on rich donors and a well-funded super PAC or two.

  13. Ametia, you were dressed to kill. I saw you. eye emoji

    • Ametia says:

      A total, utter, DISTRACTION.

      Look over there, not here at all the racist coverage the media has given to Trump & that lying Hillary Clinton.

    • Ametia says:

      and don’t FUCK with Mary Tobin, ALSO TOO!

    • rikyrah says:

      If this were 16 WHITE MALE CADETS…

      there would be no investigation.

      investigating what?

      where the phuck are the women of the Congressional Black Caucus to have these women’s backs.

      take your lips off of Hillary’s azz to defend these women.

      SG2, can you find the twitter accounts of the female members of the CBC and ask them about this?

  14. rikyrah says:

    This Dark Money Group Spent Big On A Montana Judicial Race. Now We Know Why.
    The billionaires behind the money had a little problem.

    WASHINGTON — Ed Sheehy was driving home one day in the middle of his 2012 run for a Montana Supreme Court seat when he received a call from a local newspaper reporter. The reporter wanted to read Sheehy the transcript of a blistering new radio ad.

    “Fortunately, I pulled over before he did,” Sheehy recalled for The Huffington Post.


    Montana’s judicial elections are officially nonpartisan — candidates do not have a D or R next to their names. Moreover, the candidates are bound by a code of conduct requiring them to be “scrupulously fair and accurate in all statements.”

    Even more surprising than the appearance of the anti-Sheehy ad was its source: not his main competitor and the ultimate victor in the judicial race, Laurie McKinnon, but a brand-new, little-known conservative nonprofit group. Called the Montana Growth Network, it had some big money behind it.

    Spending to sway judicial elections has been increasing across the country for nearly two decades, but it soared after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which served to legalize unlimited electoral spending by corporations, unions and individuals. The court’s decision led to the overturning of Montana’s Corrupt Practices Act, which banned direct and indirect corporate political spending in the state. The Montana law had been passed in 1912 after powerful mining corporations, like the Anaconda Copper Mining Company, essentially took over the state’s political institutions, particularly the judiciary.

    Montana is one of many states where funds have poured into judicial races from groups unaffiliated with judicial candidates — the kind of supposedly independent spending that Citizens United empowered. As the amount of money has increased, so too have the nasty attacks.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Bravo, Mr. Curry.



  16. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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