Some call him the Space Cowboy. Some call him the Gangster of Love.
He’s a Milwaukee native, a chart topping performer and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Steve Miller was born in Milwaukee in 1943 and his godfather is none other than Les Paul. The family moved to Texas when Steve was a child, though he returned to Wisconsin in 1962 and enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, he formed The Ardells, which included Boz Scaggs and Ben Sidran.
In 1966, and now part of the San Francisco scene, he formed the Steve Miller Band.
The Steve Miller Band, carrying a psychedelic blues sound, released seven albums before a dramatic change in 1973 with the release of The Joker. The title track from the album became a number one single and sparked a series of radio hits that anyone can sing along with now generations later.
Fly Like An Eagle, released in 1976, charted at No. 3. Three singles were released from the album: "Take the Money and Run" reached the 11-spot on the charts and "Fly Like an Eagle" peaked at no. 2. "Rock'n Me" became their second number one hit.
Miller’s 1978 greatest hits album sold more than 13 million copies.
In 1982, Abracadabra brought him back to the top of the charts for a third time.
Altogether, the band has sold more than 60 million copies.