Capitol Announces Major Pact With Blues-Rock Titan Steve Miller

June 28, 2017

Capitol Records has announced a new pact with one of the most successful, acclaimed frontmen and guitarists in rock history. Steve Miller will bring his entire catalogue of recorded music back to the label where he spent a large part of his recording career, starting with the Steve Miller Band's 1968 debut album Children of the Future.

Above photo: (L-R) Irving Azoff, Chairman, CEO, Azoff MSG Entertainment; Janice G. Miller, Sailor Music; Michele Anthony, EVP, Universal Music Group; Steve Miller; Bruce Resnikoff, President, CEO, Universal Music Enterprises; Susan Genco, Co-President,  Azoff MSG Entertainment

The new deal gives Capitol/UMe access to Miller's entire private vault and warehouse, featuring not only music but footage, photos, memorabilia, artwork, handwritten notes, journals and more. The recorded catalogue includes his 18 studio albums, boxed sets, live recordings and numerous compilation albums. Among these is the spectacularly successful 1978 retrospective Greatest Hits 1974-1978, which in March 2017 was certified 14 times platinum in the US alone.

Greatest Hits 1974-78

The new pact calls for UMe to release Miller's catalogue projects, while new material will be via Capitol. Miller is now directing the concept and curation for his Steve Miller Band catalogue releases, with details of the first project to be announced soon.

Steeped in a blues and jazz upbringing, the Milwaukee-born Miller would play with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and others as an emerging guitarist in Chicago. He became a  key figure in the burgeoning San Francisco rock scene of the mid-1960s that led to the formation of the SMB and their first releases.

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After a widely-admired series of chart albums, Miller and the band broke through to a top 40 audience with 1973's No. 1 hit 'The Joker,' which helped the album of the same name go platinum. It began a remarkable sequence of huge-selling releases including Fly Like An Eagle, Book of Dreams and Abracadabra, the title track of which was another US chart-topper, as was 'Rock'n Me.'

Miller and his band, whose most recent album was 2011's Let Your Hair Down, continue to tour extensively, and are currently on a major North American itinerary with Peter Frampton. Now living in New York, he's on the Board of Jazz at Lincoln Centre and on the Board for the Metropolitan Museum’s Musical Instruments collection.

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5 comments

  1. Lonnie Turner
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    Did you happen to hear Miller’s unbelievably unprofessional speech at the rock and roll hall of fame last year?
    Is this guy a loser or what?
    He gets up there and has the audacity to lecture people on not including enough women in Rock and Roll and for over his entire career has never once had a female band member.
    Who does this guy think he is other then a bloated obnoxious over the hill musician?
    Hi ego is not = to the talent.

    1. The Gangster of Love
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      I don’t believe that’s what the speech was about. Steve Miller said it was extremely difficult to get the band and the rest of their wives into the show because they weren’t given tickets. The reason he was giving the speech was to inform the organizers of the concert that the artists and their bands and families should be treated with more respect. So don’t bash this amazingly incredible artists who is one of the nicest people I’ve seen. He is very humble, loves women, and appreciates his fans so much.

  2. Charlie Waffles
    Reply

    It is about time, Miller! Trying to purchase some album titles is like pulling teeth. Make it quick! While I’m young!

  3. mark dupere
    Reply

    lonnie turner sound jealous where is your career, he has sold and created some of the biggest hits you sound like a moron dude

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