Steve Miller was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2012-2013 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his tremendous contribution to the music profession.
Miller’s trademark blues-rock sound makes him one of rock music’s all-time greats. The Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years.
Born in Milwaukee, Steve Miller had excellent teachers: Les Paul taught the young boy a few chords, and T-Bone Walker showed him how to play single-line solos. Miller taught his friend Boz Scaggs chords on guitar and harmony vocals and Scaggs followed Miller into the rock world.
Influenced early by Chicago blues and the San Francisco late-sixties scene, The Steve Miller Band released its first album, Children of the Future, in May 1968. Five months later, Sailor featured “Living in the U.S.A.” The third album, Brave New World, featured “Space Cowboy.”
But it was The Joker that was Miller’s breakthrough hit, going all the way to number one. In 1976, “Take the Money and Run” was the first of six consecutive smashes—“Rock ‘n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner,” “Jungle Love,” and “Swingtown” from the multimillion-selling Fly Like an Eagle—that kept the Steve Miller Band in the Top Ten. Books of Dreams followed a year later.
Defining classic rock, Miller continued to have hits through the ‘80s, including 1982’s “Abracadabra.” After a 15-year hiatus, Bingo! was released in May 2010, followed by Let your Hair Down in 2011.
An arena concert veteran, Steve Miller continues touring. Recent special appearances include the opening of “Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, and the gala opening of the new “Austin City Limits” facility. Call him the Gangster of Love. Call him Maurice, or even the Space Cowboy. Whatever you call him, Steve Miller continues to make legendary music.