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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's musical birthdays include Drifters bassist Bill Pinkney, who was born in 1925 (age 77); Bobby Helms in 1933 (age 69); drummer Tommy Aldrich of Ozzy Osbourne's band, in 1942 (age 60); Spencer Davis Group drummer Peter York also in 1942 (age 60); so
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly package of Today in Music for Aug. 10-16.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

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The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, July 17, the 198th day of 2002 with 167 to follow.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(July 13)
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Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today's musical birthdays include the late Burl Ives, who was born in 1909; Muff Winwood of the Spencer Davis Group in 1943 (age 59); keyboardist Rod Argent of the Zombies, who also played with Argent, in 1945 (age 57); Alan White, who played with the Pla
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Today in Music: A look back at pop music

This is the Today in Music advance package, June 8 through June 14.
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(April 3) Today's birthdays include pianist/comedian Stan Freeman, who was born in 1920 (age 82); Doris Day in 1924 (age 78); Jan Berry of Jan and Dean in 1941 (age 61); ...
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(March 30) Today's birthdays include Rolf Harris, who had a hit in 1963 with the novelty tune "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport," was born in 1930 (age 72); ...
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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Spencer David Nelson Davis (born 17 July 1939) is a Welsh musician and multi-instrumentalist, and the founder of the 1960s rock band, the Spencer Davis Group.

Davis was born in Swansea, Wales. His father served as a paratrooper. Influenced by his Uncle Herman's mandolin playing, Spencer Davis began learning to play harmonica and accordion at the age of six. He then attended Dynevor Grammar School where he passed seven GCE O-level examinations. He moved to London when he was sixteen and began working in the Civil Service as a clerical officer at the Post Office Savings Bank in Hammersmith and for HM Customs and Excise. He then went back to his old school to study for A-levels in languages becoming Head Boy in 1959. In 1960 he moved to Birmingham, England to read German at the University of Birmingham. In music circles, Davis was later known as "Professor".

His early musical influences were skiffle, jazz, and blues, the mainstays of popular music in the early 1960s. Influential artists include Big Bill Broonzy, Huddy Ledbetter, Buddy Holly, Davey Graham, John Martyn, Alexis Korner and Long John Baldry. By sixteen, Davis was hooked on the guitar and the American rhythm and blues music making its way across the Atlantic. With few opportunities to hear R&B in Wales, Davis sought out any performance that came to town. When he heard a Dixieland band perform a skiffle version of the R&B song "John Henry", Davis formed a band called The Saints with Bill Perks, who later changed his name to Bill Wyman.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Spencer Davis."
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