Spencer Davis of “Gimme Some Lovin’” fame dead at 81

The British Invasion pioneer was being treated for pneumonia.

Rock pioneer Spencer Davis, of the Spencer Davis Group, has died at the age of 81.

The Welsh guitarist had died in the hospital on Monday (October 19) while being treated for pneumonia, his longtime agent told the BBC.

Davis, at all times, surrounded himself with fellow innovators, performing alongside Christine McVie and the Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman in their formative years. He led organist Steve Winwood, bassist Muff Winwood and drummer Pete York in his mainstay band, the Spencer Davis Group. With bluesy hits like “I’m a Man,” “Gimme Some Lovin’” and their famous 1965 cover of Jackie Edwards’ “Keep on Running,” they became one of the most popular and influential acts of the British Invasion.

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“He was definitely a man with a vision, and one of the pioneers of the British invasion of America in the sixties,” Steve Winwood remembered on his website. “I never went to the US with Spencer, but he later embraced America, and America embraced him. I feel that he was influential in setting me on the road to becoming a professional musician, and I thank him for that.”

RIP, Spencer Davis. Revisit his hits here:

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