The higher love-needin' Winwood is secretly one of the biggest players of the classic-rock era, even if his name and unassuming demeanor gets lost in the Jann Wenner-stunted shuffle. Besides his poppy solo output, Winwood was also an integral part of seminal rockers the Spencer Davis Group ("Gimme Some Lovin'"), the willowy Traffic ("The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys"), and Eric Clapton's post-Cream supergroup Blind Faith, whose eponymous one-off disc is still a mainstay on all-time best-of lists. A look at Winwood's recent set lists will tell you that he is in full career retrospective mode these days.
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