Six O’Clock Triple Shot – 12/10/14 Steve Miller Band Signs First Record Contract
(The Six O'Clock Triple Shot is a daily feature of three songs that share a common theme, heard weeknights on 94.9 WMMQ)
It's another trip in the Rock 'n' Roll Time Machine tonight, as we rewind to December 10, 1967. A San Francisco based band that had never recorded anything before signed a whopping $750,000 contract with Capitol Records. The Steve Miller Blues Band hit the mainstream scene for the first time. However, the band leader himself, Steve Miller, was a part of a Chicago based blues band with Barry Goldberg that was signed to Epic Records. When Miller left Chi-Town for the West Coast, he enlisted manager Harvey Kornspan to assist in taking advantage of the Bay Area psychedelic scene that was flourishing in 1966. The end result was the lucrative contract and a band whose name eventually would be shortened for a broader appeal to just The Steve Miller Band. Prior to their 1968 Children of the Future LP, the original five man band had backed Chuck Berry for a show that would be recorded and released as Berry's Live at the Fillmore West LP, and expanded to a six man show with the addition of guitarist Boz Scaggs. The band continues to produce new material and tour still to this day.
Tonight, we'll hear three tunes from The Steve Miller Band to mark their big day in history. Tune in for "Livin' In the U.S.A.", ""The Stake", and "Serenade". It's tonight's Six O'CLock Triple Shot on 94.9 WMMQ!