Birmingham teacher turned international rock star Spencer Davies to play the Symphony Hall Birmingham teacher turned international rock star Spencer Davies is about to play Symphony Hall for the first time at the age of 75.
Graham Young meets the man who is still promising to Keep on Running. 19:00, 12 NOV 2014 Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Birmingham teacher turned international rock star Spencer Davies is about to play Symphony Hall for the first time at the age of 75. Most people remember 1966 as the year that England won the World Cup But for a former teacher in Yardley, it was also the year his band The Spencer Davis Group knocked The Beatles' coach outlet coupons store single Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out clean off the top of the pop charts. He might have been born in Swansea, but University of Birmingham languages graduate Spencer Davies and his band of Brummies including Great Barr brothers Steve and Muff Winwood were a match for the Fab Four that year. The Rolling Stones, meanwhile, spent just one week at No 1 that year with their May release Paint it Black. For Spencer Davies his real name ends with an coach outlet locations north carolina 'ies', shortened to 'is' for marketing the band they were heady times. He was mixing with future legends, while on the road to a curious place in pop history for himself and a lifetime of steady work sealed with a degree of anonymity which left Ringo Starr envious of his friend. The line up of The Spencer Davis Band proved to be less stable than either coach outlet purses jcp The Beatles or The Stones. "I looked at it as a bus where people could get on at one stop and off at another," says Spencer. "I was always the captain of the ship and never let that go. "One of the people I auditioned over the years was Reg Dwight the future Elton John. "It was 1967, but while I liked his songwriting, I didn't think he was right for us." Other stars he met over the years also included Jimi Hendrix and as well as touring with The Rolling Stones and The Who when coach outlet ohio they were still working clubs, he's jammed with Charlie Watts, Long John Baldry and Jack Bruce, who died last month. His memories are crystal clear, the stories legion, from telling of one rocker recovering from 'wet brain' thanks to the swollen effects of drinking, to how Baldry couldn't be saved despite Rod Stewart covering his hospital bills.
"Reg Presley from The Troggs (Love Is All Around) smoked so many fags he needed a chimney on his head," says Spencer. "I had a drug problem I couldn't afford them. "But there was a scene (in Birmingham) with hash or pot and I knew some of those having their fair share of it.
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