Earlier this week, it was announced that a Welsh multi-instrument musician and founder of the 1960s beat band the Spencer Davis Group had died.
Born Spencer David Nelson Davies in Swansea on 17 July 1939, Spencer, who lent his name to the group which also featured Steve Winwood on vocals would have several iconic hits in the 1960s including Gimme Some Lovin’, Keep On Running and Somebody Help Me.
Back in 2014, I described Spencer’s appearance in the Sixties Gold show at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall as “Electrifying” when he took to the stage to play the Spencer Davis Group Number one hit, Keep On Running.
Davis had joined the package line-up of the show at the last minute when Gerry Marsden had become ill.
I recall after his set; Spencer came out into the reception area of St David’s Hall to say hello to fans and a few old friends whom he knew from years gone by. I was fortunate enough to get his autograph , even though (as he pointed out) wasn’t credited in the programme. Nevertheless, Spencer did provide all those who attended Sixties Gold some excellent memories of the show.
Spencer Davis 17 July 1939 – 19 October 2020
- Read Andy Howells’ review Sixties Gold 2014 show at St David’s Hall
- Flashback Friday is written and compiled by Andy Howells.