Muff Winwood

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The older brother of Steve, Muff Winwood has been a success as a musician, a producer and as an A&R man, yet he has always been overshadowed by the phenomonal talent of his younger sibling. As a bass…
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The older brother of Steve, Muff Winwood has been a success as a musician, a producer and as an A&R man, yet he has always been overshadowed by the phenomonal talent of his younger sibling. As a bass player for the Spencer Davis Group, whose classic "Gimme Some Lovin'" is still regarded as one of the finest examples of white soul music ever put to wax, Muff tasted success as a musician, but soon realized that he lacked the natural gifts of his brother. After the Davis Group's demise in 1967, Muff then accepted a job as an A&R man for Chris Blackwell's newly formed Island Records. The first signing was brother Steve's new group, Traffic, but Muff had a penchant for bringing his boss offbeat, commercially questionable groups like Patto and Sparks. After Winwood convinced Blackwell to sign the latter, Muff enlisted himself as producer for the successful Kimono My House album which contained the hit "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us." Winwood spent the rest of the '70s producing such fine groups as Dire Straits before moving into A&R full time. He has since joined CBS where he's signed Terence Trent D'Arby, Sade and the Psychadelic Furs, among others.