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Important or trivial, I used all the dates I could find! As always, email me with corrections or additions. The goal, of course, is to come up with an event for each day of the year.

January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December |


January

5 1979 - The Blues Brothers album, Briefcase of Blues, which includes their cover of "Gimme Some Lovin", hits #1 and goes platinum.
8 1987 - SW, receiving his first Grammy nod, draws 5 nominations for Back in the High Life, more than any other performer in this year.
10 1976 - Howlin' Wolf dies; SW had worked on his albums and counted him as one of his influences.
12 1988 - Chronicles is awarded a Gold Record
13 1973 - SW performs at the Rainbow Concert in London for Eric Clapton.
18 1987 - SW marries Eugenia Crafton at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City
20 1966 - "Keep On Running" hits #1 in the UK and stays there for 3 weeks
21 1998 - Steve appears at the Fourth Annual Nashville Music Awards. It is his first time at this event, and he opens the show (the position of honor) with "Gimme Some Lovin'".
28 1989 - "Holding On" peaks at #11 in the US.


February

6 1998 - The movie Blues Brothers 2000, with cameos by SW and Eric Clapton, premiers.
7 1972 - Low Spark of High Heeled Boys awarded a Gold Record.
8 1969 - SW, Eric Clapton, and Ginger Baker assemble at the Berkshire cottage for first rehearsals. The new group is as yet unnamed, but it is announced as Cream, with SW in Jack Bruce's place.
11 1967 - "I'm a Man" peaks at #9 in the UK.
13 1944 - Rebop Kwaku Baah is born in Ghana.
15 1981 - Island Records causes a home-taping furor by introducing "1+1" tapes - pre-recorded on the A side as usual, with the B side left blank to be used for home-recording. The series is set to start with SW's Arc of a Diver.
19 1949 - Eddie Hardin, who replaces SW in the Spencer Davis Group, is born.
20 1971 - Ginger Baker's Airforce disbands. It had included SW, Chris Wood, his wife Jeanette Jacobs, and Ric Grech.
22 1989 - At the 31st Annual Grammy Awards, SW (having been nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance) wins an award for Best Engineered Recording, all for Roll With It.
23 1993 - Stephen Calhoun ("Cal"), SW and Genia's son, is born in Nashville.
24 1987 - SW wins 2 Grammys at the 29th annual awards - Record of the Year for Back in the High Life and Best Rock Vocal for "Higher Love".
25 1967 - "Gimme Some Lovin'" peaks at #7 in the US.


March

4 1967 - The New Musical Express reports the Spencer Davis Group has announced that Stevie Winwood and his brother Muff will leave the band after an April 2 show. The 18 year old had been with the group for four years.
5 1995 - Viv Stanshall, SW's composing collaborator, dies in a house fire. SW will sing at his funeral.
7 1973 - Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory awarded a Gold Record.
12 1966 - "Keep On Running" peaks at #76 in the US.
1988 - "Talking Back to the Night" peaks at #57 in the US.
17 1990 - Ric Grech of Blind Faith and Traffic dies.
20 1969 - Mason, Capaldi, Wood & Frog split up after only 60 days together.
23 1940s? - Chaka Khan, who duets with Steve on "Higher Love", is born.
28 1991 - Funeral services are held in England for Eric Clapton's son Conor, who fell to his death from a New York City high rise apartment window. Steve, Phil Collins and George Harrison are among the many who attend.
30 1945 - Eric Clapton is born in Ripley.


April

2 1967 - SW officially leaves the Spencer Davis Group.
6 1968 - Steve Miller, on tour in England, writes an article for Billboard decrying the British rock scene as "more an industry than a scene...It's at a low, lifeless point...The only good bands I've seen are Traffic, Marmalade and Procul Harum. I've seen bands doing queer bits in their underwear to get attention."
8 1994 - Bernard Edwards, of Chic, dies in Tokyo following a gig with SW. SW will later cover and dedicate "Family Affair" on the album Junction Seven to him.
14 1966 - "Somebody Help Me" hits #1 in the UK.
18 1981 - "While You See a Chance" peaks at #7 in the US.
1987 - "The Finer Things" peaks at #8 in the US.
21 1978 - Sandy Denny, on whose albums SW had played, dies.
30 1983 - SW's manager Andy Cavaliere dies of a heart attack, age 36. Muddy Waters, on whose albums SW had played, also dies.


May

3 1969 - Ric Grech joins SW, Clapton and Baker in the still-unnamed group.
1991 - The North American tour supporting Refugees of the Heart opens in Mountain View, California.
6 1967 - "I'm a Man" peaks at #10 in the US.
1969 - The name for a new supergroup is announced - 'Blind Faith'.
8 1974 - Graham Bond is killed when he falls in front of a train at London's Finsbury Park Station. SW will later write "Vacant Chair" about this.
10 1946 - Dave Mason is born in Worcester.
12 1948 - SW is born in Great Barr, a suburb of Birmingham.
1971 - Mick Jagger marries Bianca in St Tropez, France. Guests at the wedding included SW, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Steven Stills and the rest of the Stones.
19 1978 - Dire Straits first album, produced by Muff Winwood, is released.
1988 - Chronicles is awarded a Platinum record.
20 1944 - Joe Cocker, a friend from the Cottage and on whose albums SW guests, is born.
1987 - Mary Claire, the Winwoods' eldest daughter, is born in Nashville.
27 1968 - After quitting the group in December 1967, Dave Mason rejoins Traffic for the first time, in New York to work on several songs which he contributes to the next album
29 1991 - SW is not hurt when his tour bus is sideswiped by an oncoming truck near Findley, Ohio.
31 2000 - Tito Puente, a member of Latin Crossings, dies.


June

1 1964 - Chris Blackwell first sees the Spencer Davis Group in a club in Birmingham.
1968 - Dave Mason officially rejoins Traffic for the first time.
2 1962 - Island Records releases its first single -- a tune called "Twist Baby" by Owen Gray. The label will become home to acts like Jethro Tull, Traffic and Bob Marley and the Wailers.
3 1997 - Junction Seven is released.
4 1997 - Ronnie Lane, at whose ARMS benefit SW has participated, dies of multiple sclerosis.
7 1969 - Blind Faith plays its first and last live UK show in Hyde Park before an estimated 100,000 people. Dave Mason and Jim Capaldi attend the concert.
1993 - Ground is broken for the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Why has SW or Traffic not been inducted??
8 1997 - SW conducts his first 'chat' on the Internet.
10 1968 - Traffic plays the Zurich rock festival in Switzerland, with Jimi Hendrix and Eric Burdon and the Animals.
12 1976 - The album Go - Live from Paris is recorded at the Palais des Sports in Paris. The lineup includes SW as well as Klaus Schulz, Michael Shrieve, Phil Manzanera, Al DiMeola, and of course Stomu Yamashta.
14 1943 - Muff (Mervyn) Winwood, SW's only sibling, is born.
1970 - Eric Clapton's band, Derek And The Donimoes, make their live debut in Britain. They are joined by Dave Mason, who plays the guitar parts performed by Duane Allman on the studio version of "Layla".
16 1971 - Winwood, a double compilation album, peaks at US #93.
1994 - The North American tour supporting Far From Home opens in Devore, California.
17 1977 - SW releases his first solo album, Steve Winwood, in the UK on Island Records, recorded at his home-studio in Gloucestershire, saying it had taken him a long while to summon up the confidence. Jim Capaldi joins him on 4 of the 6 tracks.
20 1967 - SW is asked by his local vicar in Birmingham to write music for 2 psalms.
22 1969 - Blind Faith releases its one and only album.
24 1944 - Chris Wood is born in Harbourne, Birmingham.
26 1981 - Arc of a Diver is awarded a Platinum Record.


July

1 1967 - "Paper Sun" peaks at #5 in the UK.
3 1998 - The "Latin Crossing" tour begins, at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
5 1968 - Promoter Bill Graham opens The Fillmore West in San Francisco. Traffic considers this their west coast home.
7 1988 - SW begins a 2-month North American tour supporting Roll With It at The MUNY in St Louis, Missouri.
9 1988 - Roll With It enters the charts. It will stay on the chart for 31 weeks eventually hitting #1. The LP features the #1 hit, "Roll With It."
10 1968 - Eric Clapton announces that Cream will break up following a farewell tour. This opens the door for Blind Faith to form.
1977 - SW releases his first solo album, Steve Winwood, in the US.
11 1969 - Blind Faith debuts in the US at Madison Square Garden in New York.
12 1983 - Chris Wood dies in Birmingham.
17 1942 - Spencer Davis is born.
19 1969 - Spencer Davis disbands the Spencer Davis Group. (He will reunite it in 1973.) The same day, Joe Cocker's With A Little Help From My Friends enters the album charts. The LP features guest appearances by SW and Jimmy Page.
21 1991 - The North American tour supporting Refugees of the Heart finishes up in Los Angeles, California.
25 1969 - Neil Young makes his first appearance with Crosby, Stills and Nash at New York's Fillmore East. SW had been their first choice but declined the invitation to join CS&N.
27 1998 - The final date of the Latin Crossings tour, with a performance in Beirut, Lebanon.
30 1988 - "Roll With It" peaks at #1 in the US and stays there for 4 weeks.


August

2 1944 - Jim Capaldi is born in Evesham, Worcester. (Widely reported as August 24, this is in fact the correct date.)
6 1990 - SW begins mixing Refugees of the Heart at Emerald Studios in Nashville.
9 1995 - Jerry Garcia dies. Traffic had opened for several of the last Grateful Dead gigs.
10 1909 - Leo Fender, inventor of the electric guitar, is born.
14 1994 - The reunited Traffic plays at Woodstock '94 in Saugerties, New York.
15 1942 - Pete York is born.
1987 - "Back In The High Life Again" peaks at #13 on the pop singles chart
16 1997 - SW performs at Wembley Stadium for the Songs and Visions concert, in honor of Elvis Presley.
17 1988 - Roll With It is awarded a Gold Record.
19 1940 - Ginger Baker, of Blind Faith, is born.
23 1969 - Blind Faith enters the charts and eventually hits #1.
1973 - Traffic headlines the UK's Reading Festival.
24 1974 - Traffic's last performance together, at the Reading Festival.
1989 - The Who performs "Tommy" at the Universal Amphitheatre with special guests SW, Elton John, Phil Collins, Patti LaBelle and Billy Idol.
28 1994 - The North American tour supporting Far From Home finishes up in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
30 1986 - "Higher Love" hits #1 in the US.
31 1977 - SW marries American divorcee Nicole Tacot Weir at Cheltenham Register Office. (They will divorce in December of 1986.)


September

2 1969 - SW joins George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Keith Richards, and 200,000 other fans to see Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight Festival. Other acts included The Who, The Moody Blues, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, and others.
4 1988 - The North American tour supporting Roll With It ends in Toronto.
8 1986 - Back in the High Life is awarded a Gold Record.
18 1970 - Jimi Hendrix, on whose album Electric Ladyland SW had played, dies.
1982 - "Still in the Game" peaks at #47 on the pop singles chart.
19 1969 - Blind Faith is awarded a Gold Record.
1997- The US tour to support Junction 7 kicks off in Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
20 1983 - SW appears at the ARMS benefit concert for former Faces member Ronnie Lane at London's Royal Albert Hall, along with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.
22 1969 - Blind Faith hits #1 on both the US and UK album pop charts.
24 1967 - Traffic's first appearance, at the Seville Theatre in London.
25 1995 - Youngest daughter Lillian Eugenia ('Lilly') is born in Nashville.


October

1 1970 - Jimi Hendrix is buried in Seattle, Washington. SW is among the mourners.
3 1973 - Rebop Kwaku Baah, Traffic's percussionist, is released from jail; he had been there a month after attacking 2 policemen in London. He was also fined 20 pounds for biting a cab driver's ear.
8 1969 - It is announced that Eric Clapton will join Delaney and Bonnie on their tour, having met them when they supported Blind Faith on tour.
10 1986 - Back in the High Life is awarded a Platinum Record.
15 1968 - Dave Mason leaves Traffic for the second time, citing problems with tour venues and SW's throat infections.
16 1996 - SW performs in the City of Hope All-Star Garage Band with Bryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Flea, Don Henley, Bobby Keys, John Mellencamp, and Tony Rich, under the musical director Paul Shaffer, in Los Angeles.
21 1967 - "Hole In My Shoe" peaks at #2 in the UK.
22 1988 - Billboard nominates SW for Best Video, Best Male Video, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Choreography, Best Cinematography, and Best Art Director for "Roll With It".
1994 - Jimmy Miller, producer for many of Traffic's albums, dies.
27 1963 - SW first plays a Hammond B3; it was during a Sunday Rhythm 'n' Blues Night at The Place, Stoke-on-Trent.
29 1988 - "Don't You Know What the Night Can Do?" peaks at #6 in the US.
30 1990 - Refugees of the Heart is released.
31 1953 - BobbieG is born in Chicago, IL.


November

1 1945 - Ric Grech is born in Bordeaux, France.
5 1974 - When the Eagle Flies is awarded a Gold Record.
9 1968 - Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help from My Friends", with SW, hits #1 in the UK.
10 1969 - Ginger Baker is offered a starring role in the Hollywood western Zachariah, and is said to be keen to accept, but it apparently falls through.
12 1985 - EMI announces a compilation album Conspiracy of Peace, will all proceeds going to Amnesty International. Artists include SW, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Dire Straits, and Elton John. It apparently was never released.
20 1947 - Joe Walsh, who guests on Back in the High Life, is born.
1970 - "Gimme Some Lovin'" by Traffic (not SDG) peaks at #68 on the pop singles chart.
1982 - "Valerie" (Talking Back to the Night version) peaks at #70 on the pop singles chart.
21 1970 - Jimi Hendrix' "Voodoo Chile", with SW, hits #1 in the UK.
22 1986 - "Freedom Overspill" peaks at #20 on the pop singles chart.
25 1997 - SW finishes up the Junction 7 tour of the US in Los Angeles.
26 1966 - "Gimme Some Lovin'" peaks at #2 in the UK.
1968 - Cream gives its last concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The crowd chants "God save the Cream." Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker continue to work together in Blind Faith.
27 1970 - George Harrison releases his solo album "All Things Must Pass," produced by Phil Spector and featuring lots of noted players like Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Ringo Starr and Jim Gordon (of Traffic).
29 1975 - Jim Capaldi's "Love Hurts" peaks at #4 in the UK.


December

1 1988 - Elizabeth Dawn, Steve and Genia's second daughter, is born in Nashville.
2 1966 - SW is named Best New Singer and SDG is named Best New Group by New Musical Express.
6 1971 - Ric Grech and Jim Gordon leave Traffic, leaving it a trio once more.
7 1988 - Roy Orbison (Lefty Wilbury) dies of a heart attack. It is rumored that the remaining Traveling Wilburys, Lucky (Bob Dylan), Otis (Jeff Lynne), Charlie T Jr (Tom Petty), and Nelson (George Harrison), later invite SW to join the group. He declines and Roy's spot remains unfilled.
8 1967 - Traffic's Mr Fantasy, their first album, is released.
1995 - Jr Walker dies of cancer. SW had met his future wife Eugenia at one of his concerts.
9 1972 - The Who's Tommy opens at London's Rainbow Theatre; its cast includes SW as Hawker. Among the other stars are The Who, Rod Stewart, Maggie Bell, Sandy Denny, Richie Havens, Ringo Starr, and Richard Harris, backed by the London Symphony Orchestra. The presentation is recorded and released, charting as high as #5 early next year.
10 1974 - Traffic officially dissolves following the tour in support of When the Eagle Flies. It won't reunite again for 20 years.
12 1968 - The Rolling Stones film their Rock 'n' Roll Circus; Traffic had been scheduled to appear, but have recently broken up. The film is never seen until the video is released in November 1996
16 1967 - "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" peaks at #8 in the UK.
19 1987 - "Valerie" (Chronicles version) peaks at #9 in the US.
21 1969 - Ginger Baker launches the Airforce.
1970 - John Barleycorn Must Die is awarded a Gold Record.
29 1967 - Dave Mason leaves Traffic for the first time.

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Sources: This Day In Rock, by John Tobler; Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock, & Soul, by Irwin Stambler, British and American Singles: 1960-1900 by Dave McAleer, Rock Movers and Shakers by Barry Lazell, The Rock Deaths List and This Day In Rock & Roll History.
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