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Steve Miller Band

 

Steve Miller Band is an American rock band formed in 1967-8 in San Francisco, California, USA. The band features Steve Miller on guitar and lead vocals, and is known for a string of (mainly) mid-1970s hit singles that continue to be staples of the classic rock radio format.

Steve Miller (born 5 October 1943) is a blues and rock and roll guitarist and performer. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but attended high school in Dallas. While at St. Mark’s School of Texas, he formed his first band, The Marksmen. Miller taught one of his classmates, Royce Boz Scaggs, a few guitar chords so that he could join the band; Scaggs became better known by his nickname, Boz. Miller attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 1960s, where he formed The Ardells. Scaggs joined the Ardells the next year. Ben Sidran was added to the Ardells as a keyboardist the following year.

In 1968, Miller formed the Steve Miller Band, with Scaggs handling vocals, and released an album, Children of the Future, the first in a series of discs rooted solidly in the psychedelic blues style that dominated the San Francisco music scene at the time. Scaggs would leave the band after a couple of albums with vocal chores taken over by drummer Tim Davis; Miller himself would begin singing occasional lead on 1969’s Brave New World. These albums performed respectably on the album charts but failed to yield a hit.

Steve comes from an unconventional background. He was a cartoonist for the Houston Chronicles but knew early on that comedy was in his blood and would manifest itself in one way or another. He found that drawing cartoons was not nearly expressive enough for his exuberant personality and ventured onto the stage at an amateur night in a Houston comedy club."So I went up and made fun of my ex-wife. That was easy." He soon became a fixture at Houston's Comedy Workshop where Sam Kinison and Bill Hicks launched their careers.

A Star Search semi-finalist, Steve is a veteran of virtually every cable comedy show, including A&E's "Evening at the Improv," Nashville Network's "Crook and Chase," Showtime's "Comedy Club Network" and "Comedy All Stars," "Caroline's Comedy Hour," TNN's "Nashville Now," "Music City Tonight" and "Funny Business," VH-1's "Stand Up, Stand Up" and MTV's "Half Hour Comedy Show," CMT's "20 Most Redneck Moments" and CMT's "Comedy Stage."
Since joining KYGO 98.5FM's morning show in Denver, Colorado 6 years ago, Steve (aka "Mudflap"), along with co-presenter Kelly Ford, has really made his mark on radio: - CMA Broadcast Personalities Of The Year 2002, 2004 and 2006; Radio & Record Magazine's award for Best Morning Personalities; ACM award for Best Morning Show. They were nominated as Large Market Personality of The Year in the 2004 NAB Marconi Radio Awards and won the 2008 Marconi Radio Award for Large Market Personality of The Year.

He was a cartoonist for the Houston Chronicles but knew early on that comedy was in his blood and would manifest itself in one way or another.
He is a veteran of virtually every cable comedy show, including A&E's Evening at the Improv, Nashville Network's Crook and Chase, Showtime's Comedy Club Network and Comedy All Stars, Caroline's Comedy Hour, TNN's Nashville Now, Music City Tonight and Funny Business, Comedy on the Road from London, VH-1's Stand Up, Stand Up and MTV's Half Hour Comedy Show, CMT's 20 Most Redneck Moments and CMT's Comedy Stage.
A Star Search semi-finalist, Steve's fast paced, unconventional style also earned him his own hour special in the UK for UKGOLD.
Since joining KYGO 98.5FM's morning show in Denver, Colorado, Steve (aka "Mudflap") along with co-presenter Kelly Ford has really made his mark on radio: - CMA Broadcast Personalities Of The Year 2002, 2004 and 2006.

 

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