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2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Traffic

Traffic

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  • Year:
    2004
  • Inducted by:
    Dave Matthews
  • Category:
    Performers

Hall of Fame Essay

2004

John Milward

The word traffic is frequently followed by jam.

For the British rock band Traffic, the musical jam session began in the spring of 1967 at a country cottage in Berkshire, England. As the quartet wrote and rehearsed, member Steve Winwood’s soulful voice and wailing organ could be heard on the radio via “Gimme Some Lovin’ ” and “I’m a Man,” monster hits from his previous band, the Spencer Davis Group.

Now woodshedding with Winwood were guitarist Dave Mason, drummer Jim Capaldi and the horn-blowing Chris Wood. The resulting album, Mr. Fantasy, fit right into a year that saw the release of Sgt. Pepper and the rise of San Francisco psychedelic bands Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead.

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