Steve Winwood has been performing for nearly five decades, in bands like Traffic (for which he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), the Spencer Davis Group, and the supergroup Blind Faith (with fellow rocker Eric Clapton). But he’s probably best known for his solo career, which blossomed in the 1980’s. His blue-eyed soul approach to 80’s synth-pop, together with a slight rasp in his voice, made his sound unforgettable.
The two videos below are from what could be argued as Winwood’s most notable album, Back in the High Life. The first track, “Higher Love,” is the song that first put Steve Winwood on my radar way back when; the second track, the album’s title track, is one of my personal favorites.
BTW, Steve Winwood is still active, and has announced a fresh set of tour dates through May and June. Meanwhile, enjoy his stuff here!