Guitarist and songwriter Steve Miller moved to San Francisco zround 1966-67 where the psychedelic scene was flourishing. He formed the Steve Miller Blues Band which and they contracted with Capitol Records in 1967.
The original band consisted of Miller, guitarist James Cooke, bassist Lonnie Turner, and drummer Tim Davis. In May 1968 while in England, they recorded their debut album Children Of The Future. The album was no commercial success, but was received well by the music-press.
The second album Sailor appeared in October, and climbed the Billboard chart to #24. Successes included the singles "Livin' In The USA", "Lucky Man", and Boz Scaggs "Overdrive" and "Dime-A-Dance Romance".
Success albums "Brave New World", "Your Saving Grace" and "Number 5" followed during 1968-70.
His big worldwide breakthrough came in 1973 with the single and album "The Joker". Selected significant band members:
There has been a continuing change in line-up throughout the years.
Steve Miller: Born Oct. 5, 1943 Vocals, guitar and songwriter
Boz Scaggs: Born June 8, 1944, Guitar. 1967-69
Lonnie Turner: Bass. 1967-70. Rejoined in 1973.
Jim Peterman: Keyboards. 1967-69
Tim Davis: Born November 29, 1943, Drums, vocals and songwriter. 1967-71
Ben Sidran: Born August 14, 1943. Keyboards and vocals. 1969-72. Again 1988-94
Bobby Winkelman: Bass guitar, vocals. 1970
John King: Drums. 1971-70