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Steve Miller (born October 5, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American blues and rock and roll guitarist and performer, best known for his work leading the Steve Miller Band.

Miller was born to Dr. George “Sonny” Miller, a pathologist, jazz enthusiast and amateur recording engineer, and Bertha, a jazz-influenced singer. In 1950, the family moved to Dallas, Texas. His first guitar chords were taught to him by the legendary Les Paul, pioneer of the electric guitar and also Miller’s godfather. While at St. Mark’s School of Texas, Miller formed his first band, The Marksmen. Miller taught classmate Royce Boz Scaggs some guitar chords so he could join the band; Scaggs became better known by his nickname, Boz. Miller attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 1960s, where he formed The Ardells. Scaggs joined the Ardells the next year. Ben Sidran was added to the Ardells as a keyboardist the following year. Miller was only sixteen when he started college, and dropped out six credit hours shy of a literature degree. Les Paul encouraged young Miller to utilize his prodigal talents, and much of Miller’s success has been attributed to Paul’s tutelage during his childhood and teenage years.

Prior to forming the Steve Miller Band, Miller was in a band with Barry Goldberg called the Goldberg-Miller Blues Band. They formed in 1965, and released one single, before Miller left the band.

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  • Re-Kramer

    Great Born 2B Blue solo record, love the smooth feel it's got to it.

    3 Jan 2013 Reply
  • mohiamr

    keep on rockin me baby yeAAAAAAAAA

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • rastronomicals

    checked out one of Miller's stops along the nostalgia circuit, and it wasn't bad, wasn't bad at all.

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • kokopeli420

    One of my best memories was at a karaoke bar and a drunk patron rushed the stage so he could say "black panties all over my face" during Abracadabra. Great times.

    15 Dec 2009 Reply
  • razorsharpe

    I'm a long-time rivet head. Always will be. But, I LOVE Steve Miller's music. As far as his popularity here, it is probably because Last.fm listeners are (I'm guessing) a young demographic. Steve is far beyond their time. Too bad, because some music just always stands the test of time. Steve Miller, Beatles, Steely Dan, Paul Simon....some of their music is just quite simply well written, catchy, meaningful, or just plain fun. As much as I hate to admit it (remember, I'm a hardcore Judas Priest fan) even Elton John has me tapping my foot sometimes. Oh god....I can't believe I just admitted that! Forgive me Halford!! lol

    10 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Heropsychodream

    Oh... that explains why the scrobbles are so low.

    15 Apr 2008 Reply
  • den_don

    Of course steve miller is great, but the most songs here are from the steve miller BAND, not steve miller his solo-work

    18 Mar 2007 Reply
  • dml11

    How does Steve Miller not have any love? This is crap. Steve Miller is great!!!!

    14 Jan 2007 Reply