Steve Miller celebrates a milestone birthday today (Friday) as he turns 75.
Born in Milwaukee where his father was friends with Les Paul, the guitar innovator was very encouraging to Steve and gave him lessons.
Steve Miller credits Les Paul with his decision to become a musician:
Miller began his professional career in Chicago, playing blues before moving to San Francisco where he absorbed the psychedelia that would lead him in a more pop-rock direction with songs like "Livin' in the U.S.A.," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Rock'n Me," "Take the Money and Run," "Jet Airliner" and "Jungle Love." His Greatest Hits 1974-78 is one of the best-selling albums of all-time. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in in 2016, Miller now lives in New York where he sits on the board of Jazz at Lincoln Center.