100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: Keep On Running- Spencer Davis Group. ‘Keep On Running’ was written and originally performed by Jamaican singer-songwriter Jackie Edwards in 1963. Recorded and released by the Spencer Davis Group in 1966- it went to #1 on the UK Singles Chart- but it didn’t travel well across the ocean- peaking at #76 in the US Billboard Hot 100. The Spencer Davis Group was formed in Birmingham, England in 1963- and consisted of Spencer Davis- on guitar and vocals, Steve Winwood- lead vocals, lead guitar and keyboards, Muff Winwood- bass and Pete York-drums. The bands success would come to an end when Steve Winwood left in 1967 for Traffic.
- Single: Keep On Running- Traffic
- Record Company- Atco
- Genre: Pop Rock
- Written by Jackie Edwards
- Time: 2:51
- B-side: High Time Baby
- Album- The 2nd Album
- Peaked at #76 in US Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart.
This one and ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ are timeless. Never bettered, even in a certain movie.
Amazing how many of these songs shaped my listening habits.
Love these early Steve Winwood tunes!
It’s quite amazing how good these early bands were when playing live. SDG was possibly the best, then would come The Hollies, The Beatles, The Small Faces, Cream, The Fortunes. There are early black and white teen rock shows from the UK and Germany that show all of these groups playing live. Unlike todays musicians, and it’s a real stretch to call some of these guy musicians since they are using pre recorded tracks to bolster the live sound. Wasn’t much around in 65, just plug it in and play. Winwood was the best at what he did. Great pick from classic rock. CB says it best.