The Welsh musician and multi-instrumentalist produced hits in the 1960s including Keep on Running,
I’m A Man and Gimme Some Lovin’.
Born in Swansea in 1939, Davis began learning accordion and harmonica at the age of six. Drawn to the allure
of US R&B records, he took up the guitar and formed his first band the Saints with Bill Wyman, who later joined
the Rolling Stones.
Davis moved to Birmingham to study German at university, and played in bands on the side, first performing
American folk and traditional blues. In 1963, he and drummer Pete York recruited the 15-year-old Winwood and
his brother Muff to their band, first called Rhythm and Blues Quartet, then the Spencer Davis Group.
Davis died on October 19 from pneumonia in California, according to his agent.