Gimme Some Lovin – The Spencer Davis Group
Album: Single – Gimme Some Lovin’ with B Side being Blues in F
Written by: Steve Winwood – one album also credits Spencer Davis and Mervyn Muff Winwood
Steve Winwood and the Spencer Davis group were trying to come up with another number 1 song. The things they released after their previous number 1’s “Keep on Running” and “Someone Help Me”. They were not having much success, when “Gimme Some Lovin’” just came together. From the wiki article about the song – “We started to mess about with riffs, and it must have been eleven o’clock in the morning. We hadn’t been there half an hour, and this idea just came. We thought, bloody hell, this sounds really good. We fitted it all together and by about twelve o’clock, we had the whole song. Steve had been singing ‘Gimme, gimme some loving’ – you know, just yelling anything, so we decided to call it that. We worked out the middle eight and then went to a cafe that’s still on the corner down the road. Blackwell came to see how we were going on, to find our equipment set up and us not there, and he storms into the cafe, absolutely screaming, ‘How can you do this?’ he screams. Don’t worry, we said. We were all really confident. We took him back, and said, how’s this for half an hour’s work, and we knocked off ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ and he couldn’t believe it. We cut it the following day and everything about it worked. That very night we played a North London club and tried it out on the public. It went down a storm. We knew we had another No. 1.”
The crazy thing is that Steve Winwood was 14 when he joined the Spencer Davis Group along with older brother Muff. He had been playing in clubs with Muff previously, and they had turned the piano that Steve played around so that no one could see that he was very underaged for the clubs.
This song has been featured in a lot of things, and it is one that likely everyone knows. The keyboard work by Steve Winwood is fantastic. Pete York’s percussion is spot on, along with the bass and guitar work by Muff Winwood and Spencer Davis, respectively.
I asked Hans to use the Finland TV version of this song for the youtube link. It is the slowest version of the song that I know of, but it is fantastic nonetheless.