Spencer Davis, multi-instrumentalist and founder of The Spencer Davis Group, died of a heart attack on Monday at the age of 81,

Birmingham Live



According to the paper, Pete York, the band's drummer from the 1960s, called his best friend Jim Simpson - Black Sabbath's first manager - on Tuesday with the news that Davis died in California on Monday.

The Welsh-born musician had multiple worldwide hits with the Spencer Davis Group in the 1960s, including

Keep on Running


Gimme Some Lovin '


I'm A Man


Gimme Some Lovin '

was used on the soundtrack of such hit movies as

The Blues Brothers


Notting Hill.

The song

Keep on Running

has been used extensively in advertisements.

Davis became inspired to make music in his teens after seeing an American rhythm and blues band perform in Swansea, his hometown.

In 1963 he founded the Spencer Davis Group.

The group broke up in 1969.

Davis and York formed another formation together in 1973, which was discontinued in 1974.

Several incarnations of the band have toured under Davis's direction over the years.


Listen to Gimme Some Lovin 'from the Spencer Davis Group