Steve Miller (musician) Biography
Steve Miller (musician)(Full name: Steven Haworth Miller)is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, known as a leader of the Steve Miller Band.
He began his career in blues and blues rock and evolved to a more pop-oriented sound which, from the mid-1970s through the early 1980s, resulted in a series of highly popular singles and albums. Miller was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of their class of 2016.
Steve Miller (musician) Age
Steven Haworth Miller is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, known as the leader of the Steve Miller Band. He was born on October 5. 1943 in Milwaukee, WI. Steve Miller (musician) is 75 years old as of 2018.
Steve Miller (musician)Family
He was born in Milwaukee, to his father George Miller (Physician) and his mother Bertha Miller. Steve Miller was brought up together with two brothers Phil Miller and Buddy Miller.
He received his first exposure to music from his mother, Bertha, whom he described as a remarkable jazz-influenced singer, and his physician father, George, known as “Sonny” who, in addition to his profession as a pathologist, was a jazz enthusiast and accomplished amateur recording engineer.
Guitar virtuoso Les Paul and his musical partner Mary Ford were regular visitors at the Miller house. Dr. and Mrs. Miller were best man and maid of honor at the December 1949 wedding of Les Paul and Mary Ford.
Les Paul heard Steve, who was six, on a wire recording made by Dr. Miller, as the youngster was “banging away” on a guitar given to him by his uncle, Dr. K. Dale Atterbury. Paul encouraged Miller to continue with his interest in the guitar … and “perhaps he will be something one day.”
In 1950, the family relocated to Texas. Sonny had many distinguished musicians come to the house to record and Steve absorbed much from many “greats” right in his living room, such as T-Bone Walker, Charles Mingus, and Tal Farlow.
T-Bone Walker taught Steve how to play his guitar behind his back and also with his teeth in 1952. Later in 1955, Steven began attending Dallas’ St. Mark’s School, a non-denominational preparatory day school for boys where he formed his first band, “The Marksmen”.
He taught his older brother Buddy to play the bass and also instructed his classmate, future musical star Boz Scaggs, a few guitar chords so that he could join the band.
After leaving St. Mark’s — “I got kicked out”, he recalled with a laugh in a 2004 interview — he then attended a school in the Lakewood area of Dallas, Woodrow Wilson High School, from which he graduated in 1961. He was inducted into Woodrow’s Hall of Fame in 2009. Another member is Dusty Hill of ZZ Top.
In 1962, Miller returned to Wisconsin and entered the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he formed The Ardell’s. Scaggs joined the Ardells the next year, and Ben Sidran became the band’s keyboardist in the following year.
After attending the University of Copenhagen in Denmark for a semester in his senior year to study comparative literature, Miller dropped out six credit hours shy of a literature degree, opting to pursue a music career with his mother’s encouragement and his father’s misgivings:
Steve Miller (musician)Wife
He is married to his fourth wife, Janice Ginsberg Miller of New York City. Steve Miller has been married four times and divorced three times.
From 1976 to 1986, Miller owned a 420-acre ranch in rural southwestern Oregon in the hamlet of Williams. In 2015, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Steve Miller (musician)Net Worth
Steve Miller is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. Miller began playing guitar when he was a child, encouraged by his musician parents and their friends, who were respected recording artists.
He formed his first band in high school with fellow future music star, Boz Scaggs. Steve Miller has an estimated Net Worth of $40 Million dollars as of 2019.
Steve Miller (musician)Band Songs
Joker The Joker · 1973
Fly Like an Eagle Fly Like an Eagle · 1976
Rock ‘N Me Fly Like an Eagle · 1976
Take the Money and Run Fly Like an Eagle · 1976
Abracadabra Abracadabra · 1982
Jet Airliner Book of Dreams · 1977
Jungle Love Book of Dreams · 1977
Swingtown Book of Dreams · 1977
Space Cowboy Brave New World · 1969
I Want To Make The World Turn Around Living in the 20th Century · 1986
Mercury Blues Fly Like an Eagle · 1976
Gangster of Love Sailor · 1968
Journey From Eden Recall the Beginning…A Journey from Eden · 1972
Wild Mountain Honey Fly Like an Eagle · 1976
Serenade Fly Like an Eagle · 1976
Winter Time Book of Dreams · 1977
True Fine Love Book of Dreams · 1977
Dance, Dance, Dance Fly Like an Eagle · 1976
The Stake Book of Dreams · 1977
Living in the USA Sailor · 1968
My Dark Hour Brave New World · 1969
You Send Me Fly Like an Eagle · 1976
Quicksilver Girl Sailor · 1968
Going to the Country Number 5 · 1970
Macho City Circle of Love · 1981
Kow Kow Calqulator Brave New World · 1969
Going to Mexico Number 5 · 1970
Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma The Joker · 1973
Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash The Joker · 1973
Heart Like a Wheel Circle of Love · 1981
Song For Our Ancestors Sailor · 1968
Stranger Blues Wide River · 1993
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Steve Miller (musician)Band Albums
Fly Like an Eagle 1976
Book of Dreams 1977
Steve Miller Band Live! 1983
The Joker 1973
Children of the Future 1968
Brave New World 1969
Your Saving Grace 1969
Wide River 1993
Number 5 1970
Let Your Hair Down 2011
Italian X Rays 1984
Circle of Love 1981
Shake Your Tree (Live) 2012
Recall the Beginning…A Journey from Eden 1972
Living in the 20th Century 1986
Rock Love 1971
Live at the Fillmore Auditorium 1967
Live Giants Stadium, New Jersey, 1978
1978 KPFA 1968
(Hd Remastered Edition) 2015
The Record Plant, Sausalito, Ca. July 1st, 1973
(Doxy Collection, Remastered, Live on Fm Broadcasting) 2015
Greatest Hits 1974–78 1978
Living in the U.S.A. 1990
Ultimate Hits 2017
The Very Best of the Steve Miller Band 1991
Live From Chicago 2007
Young Hearts 2003
Steve Miller Band 1994
Welcome To The Vault 2019
The Best of 1968-1973 1990
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents (Live) 2017
Greatest Hits 1976 – 1986 1987
New York 1976
The Joker Live In Concert (Live) 2014
Space Cowboy 2015
Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City 2015
The Steve Miller Band, Live „The Joker” 2016
Live At The Record Plant 1973-01-07 2017
Steve Miller (musician)Band Members
Steve Miller Guitars · Since 1967
Boz Scaggs Guitars Nicky Hopkins Norton Buffalo Harmonicas · 1976 – 2009
Kenny Lee Lewis Bass guitar Ben Sidran Keyboard · Since 1967
Joseph Wooten Keyboard Lonnie Turner Guitars Sonny Charles Vocals · Since 2008
Gordy Knudtson Drum Kits · Since 1987
Les Dudek Guitars Ross Valory Bass guitar Doug Clifford Gary Mallaber Drum Kits · 1976 – 1987
Jacob Petersen Guitars · Since 2011
Tim Davis Drum Kits · 1967 – 1970
Bobby Winkelman Bass guitar Billy Peterson David Denny Guitars John Massaro Guitars Jack King Guitars Bob Malach John King Drum Kits
Steve Miller (musician)Band Tour 2019
Steve Miller Band Events 2019
Wed, Jul 24 6:30 PM New York, NY Pier 17
Thu, Jul 25 7:00 PM Boston, MA Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Sun, Jul 28 6:30 PM Kingston, NY Hutton Brickyards
Tue, Jul 30 6:30 PM Selbyville, DE The Freeman Stage
Sat, Aug 3 7:00 PM Bethlehem, PA Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza
Sun, Aug 11 6:30 PM Albuquerque, NM Sandia Resort & Casino
Tue, Aug 13 5:00 PM Denver, CO The Mission Ballroom
Wed, Aug 14 7:30 PM Vail, CO Gerald R Ford Amphitheater
Fri, Aug 16 7:00 PM Billings, MT Cove Creek Outdoor Pavilion
Sat, Aug 17 7:00 PM Missoula, MT Big Sky Brewing Co
Mon, Aug 19 7:00 PM Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden
Wed, Aug 21 7:30 PM Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
Thu, Aug 22 7:00 PM Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Sat, Aug 24 7:00 PM Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
Sun, Aug 25 6:00 PM Napa, CA Oxbow Commons
Tue, Aug 27 7:00 PM Salem, OR Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center
Wed, Aug 28 7:30 PM Airway Heights, WA Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Fri, Aug 30 6:30 PM Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Sat, Aug 31 6:30 PM Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Sun, Sep 22 7:30 PM Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort Casino
Wed, Oct 2 8:00 PM Las Vegas, NV Encore At Wynn Las Vegas
Fri, Oct 4 8:00 PM Las Vegas, NV Encore At Wynn Las Vegas
Sat, Oct 5 8:00 PM Las Vegas, NV Encore At Wynn Las Vegas
Steve Miller Q&A: “I don’t use my life to sell records. Who cares what I do?’
Rock’s grumpy old man Steve Miller on fame, the Grateful Dead and why kids should think twice about becoming rock stars
When you arrived in San Francisco in 1966 you loved the social phenomenon but didn’t rate the bands there. Why?
There were a lot of ‘folk musicians’ who’d seen A Hard Day’s Night and heard the Rolling Stones and wanted to be pop stars but they couldn’t earn $25 in Texas; they could barely tune their guitars.
They were terrible. The first time I saw the Grateful Dead I went: “Whuh?” They were rag-tag buncha folks. I’d already played 2,000 gigs before I got to Frisco. I wasn’t impressed.
Did you participate in the LSD scene?
Of course. I’d taken LSD 25, from the Sandoz lab in Switzerland, with a Doctor of Philosophy at university in Madison in 1965. We had books, music, and deep discussions. By the time I got to the Monterey Festival, everyone was taking Owsley’s acid and it became trivialised:
let’s put strychnine, speed and cat food in! Acid should be taken in the right circumstances; driving downtown, tripping, to rough places like the Fillmore West, wasn’t a great idea. I stopped in ’68 because drugs and work didn’t mix. I like to be clear-headed and fast on my feet.
Who is the most awkward musician you’ve worked with?
Much as I love him, it has to be Chuck Berry. When the Miller Band backed him, at Bill Graham’s request, first thing he said at rehearsal was: “Okay, no one takes a shave or shower until we’ve played.”
Just before the gig, he disappeared and returned loaded as a zombie on downers. We backed him all over California for two years and he got more and more annoying.
At the Carousel Ballroom, he got shitty with us on stage. Afterwards, he came to my dressing room and I told him: “Hey.
Fuck you, Chuck. Get your own fucking band, get your own fucking amp and get the fuck out of my dressing room.” He was fine from then on. A lot of blues guys are real cranky.
Have you made any drastic career errors?
I can’t remember (laughs). In 1967 I was signed to Fantasy Records, and I told the MD that Creedence Clearwater Revival were never gonna make it.
I got lost at the Rainbow Theatre in 1972 – pure Spinal Tap. I wandered the corridors and ended up looking at the audience through a grille, standing next to a 200-year-old turd. I didn’t produce my own records for too long until The Joker. That was a mistake.
Why has your 1972 album Recall The Beginning… A Journey From Eden never officially been released on CD? Do you hate it?
That and Rock Love sold so badly, Capitol disowned them. But Journey From Eden is a serious piece of work. My wife Kim loves it.
Rock Love bombed because they stole the master tapes off me and put the album out a week later unmixed. We were a cash cow and I was too stupid to say no. I should get the masters back on both albums. I think I will, actually.
You keep a watch on your personal life.
I’m a musician, not a celebrity. My mother told me when I was small: “Fools’ names and foolish faces are always seen in public places.”
I don’t want to subject loved ones to pop-trash gossip. I’m not comfortable with it, and I don’t need to use my life to sell records and tickets. Who cares what I do?
You had a semi-hiatus in the 80s and 90s. Was that a mid-life crisis?
No! I was still touring, but I lost interest in records and radio. I was fed up with the hustle. In 1983 Abracadabra was the number one song in the world and then overnight everything changed.
I was like a dinosaur – go away, we’re sick of you! I’d had a magnificent run, so I thought my career was over. I bought a farm and spent three years doing nothing but that until I woke up one morning and I was so bored: “What the fuck am I doing?!” I’m a musician, not a dairy farmer.
What was your salvation?
Classic rock radio. I realised in 1989 I’d been on top of the mid-line charts for 206 weeks and didn’t even know. I toured with the Beach Boys and Pink Floyd, and David Gilmour encouraged me to return.
I got inspired to play live. By 1990 my hits record was selling 1.5 million and I toured on that for 10 years. And then got tired again.
Do you have any words of wisdom to pass on?
I tell my students that becoming an artist is difficult. Pursue your dream, but learn about publishing and accountancy before you look for a gig as a trumpet player.
Kids now are so naive, most of ’em couldn’t organise a flight from Frisco to Portland. The ones who tell me: “I wanna be a rock star,” I say: “Nah, get a job in a clothing store instead.” By Max Bell (Classic Rock) September 08. 2016 Classic Rock.