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Traffic


1944

Chris Wood of Traffic is born in Birmingham, England.

1944

Jim Capaldi of Traffic is born in Worcester, England.

1945

Dave Mason, solo artist and member of Traffic, is born in Worcester, England.

1948

Steve Winwood - of Traffic, the Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith and solo fame - is born in Birmingham, England.

1967

Traffic’s first single, “Paper Sun,” enters the U.K. charts, where it will peak at #5.

1967

Traffic’s biggest British hit, “Hole in My Shoe,” peaks at #2.

1967

Traffic’s debut album, Mr. Fantasy, is released.

1968

Traffic’s landmark second album, Traffic, is released. This same month, Steve Winwood and Chris Wood play on sessions for Electric Ladyland, by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

1969

Traffic breaks up for the first time, as Steve Winwood departs to join the short-lived supergroup Blind Faith.

1969

Blind Faith - comprising Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech - debuts at a free concert at London’s Hyde Park for a crowd of 100,000.

1970

A year after breaking up, a reunited Traffic releases John Barleycorn Must Die. It becomes the highest-charting album of their career, reaching #5.

1970

The highly regarded debut album by Traffic’s Dave Mason, Alone Together, peaks at #22.

1971

An expanded lineup of Traffic performs six British shows, resulting in the release of the popular Live at the Canteen that fall.

1971

Traffic releases its biggest-selling album, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, whose lengthy title track becomes a favorite of album-oriented radio.

1973

Traffic releases Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory, which contains the title track and the confessional “Sometimes I Feel So Uninspired.”

1974

Traffic gives its farewell performance at Britain’s annual Reading Festival.

1974

Traffic releases When the Eagle Flies, disbanding shortly thereafter.

1983

Chris Wood of Traffic dies of liver failure.

1991

A two-disc Traffic compilation, Smiling Phases, is released.

1994

Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi revive Traffic, releasing Far From Home and touring for the first time in 20 years.

1994

The reunited Traffic performs at Woodstock ’94.

2004

Traffic is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the nineteenth annual induction dinner. Dave Matthews is their presenter.

Traffic