The Steve Miller Band

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The Steve Miller Band

The NIHOF Committee wonders if other people feel the same way about our next selection. All five of us were fans of the Steve Miller Band, though none of us could really say that Miller was one of all time favorites or a must see on the concert tour. The Steve Miller Band certainly has a solid fan base, though based on our little cross section the fan base is not a passionate one.

Originally a Psychedelic band that achieved moderate success in the late 60’s and early 70’s, the Steve Miller Band softened up the psychedelic elements of the music and added more of a Bluesy poppish component to their sound. The move proved fruitful as they were able to generate three of the decade’s signature albums that produced hits that appealed to the masses. They were able to produce music that was catchy and fun without being frivolous. They appealed to Hard Rockers and Metal Heads, they were considered danceable by lovers of Funk and Disco and they were not looked down upon by the folk set. Their crossover appeal is still evident by the diverse crowds they still get while on tour today. Their main stumbling block to induction might be that they were not perceived as influential as others on this list

Steve Miller Band

The Bullet Points:

 Previous Rank:

2010: #29


Eligible Since:


Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (San Francisco, CA)

Why They Will Get In:

Their 70’s work has a timeless appeal that keeps them more relevant than others of their era.

Why They Won’t Get In:

One word: Abracadabra.

Nominated In:


Essential Albums:

Sailor (1968)

The Joker (1973)

Fly Like an Eagle (1976)

Book of Dreams (1977)

Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

The Joker (From The Joker, 1973)

Fly Like an Eagle (From Fly Like an Eagle, 1976)

Take the Money and Run (From Fly Like an Eagle, 1976)

Swingtown (From Book of Dreams, 1977)

Jet Airliner (From Book of Dreams, 1977)



Should The Steve Miller Band be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 71.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.3%
No opinion. - 2.6%
No way! - 5.3%
Last modified on Sunday, 09 October 2016 17:32


+3 #9 Jev 2016-02-02 23:21
Miller is IN! For his three songs to perform at the induction ceremony, I think one from each era of the SMB would work great. For the psychedelic era, I'd say either "Living in the USA" or "Space Cowboy." For the AOR era, "Fly Like an Eagle" or "The Joker." For the pop era, it's a no-brainer: ABRACADABRA! Fantastic song that still holds up well.
+3 #8 Maurice 2015-06-28 20:54
After seeing the band, the only question I have is how can he NOT be inducted when spears is? IMHO the rrhf should change it's name to the schlock hall of shame! SMB is a fantastic band and Dteve an amazing musician
-1 #7 Lee Roschen 2015-04-03 14:55
Sorry, I was never a big fan of the Steve Miller Band. There is absolutely nothing unique or innovative about their music. Dull and boring. Not RRHF worthy. Sorry.
+4 #6 fxcm128 2013-07-19 16:06
i am the biggest steve miller fan on the planet he should have been in the hall 20 years ago its not what your doing now its what you did they dont like him personally and he dosent like them but they wanted one of his guitars for the hall he told them to stick it he is worth 40 million dollars thats all you need to know and abracadabra great tune his last number 1
+3 #5 MikeRobWil 2013-03-21 16:48
I didn't really pay much attention to Steve Miller until I first saw them in concert in about 1983 at The Greek in Los Angeles. Since then I've seen them many times and they are a great concert act with a load of great tunes. They belong more than many others already in the Hall.
+2 #4 Sean -0001-11-30 00:00
I'm completely indifferent. I see nothing wrong with them being in and nothing wrong with them not being in. Not a major snub but probably better than several past inductions.I also like "Abraca dabra" but strictly in a guilty-pleas ure way (I also agree it is not good).
+2 #3 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
I'm with Musicologist 999 on this one as far as "Abraca dabra" goes: It was a delightful single when it debuted, and, moreover, it is right in line with Steve Miller's entire approach to record-makin g: a catchy guitar figure atop a light, playful lyric, all riding on a sleek rhythmic bed. C'mon
+3 #2 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
And what's so bad about "Abraca dabra"? ?? That song is catchy with a capital C! There's a reason it went to #1, mmmkay? No, I think what's holding back Steve Miller is that the guy has been so shamelessly lazy in putting out new music in recent years. He FINALLY puts out a new album last year....and it's all cover tunes. C'mon Steve, get off yer lazy butt and make some NEW music! Sure, Miller tours, tours, tours, but with no new music to promote, he's just living off his past glories, which is essentially turning him into an oldies act, and I'm sure the Hall Of Fame voters are detecting this. A shame, because his recorded output up through the early 80's (including "Abraca dabra", so bite me), stands very tall. Steve Miller has TONS of great songs. I never tire of "Fly Like An Eagle", and even his minor 80's hit "I Wanna Make The World Turn Around" is a favorite of mine. He's a great rocker with a great sound. But he NEEDS to make BRAND-SPANKI NG NEW music if he wants to remind the Hall Of Fame voters of who he is, and what he's acheived. I hope he does.
+1 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
I hated that song when it came out and I hate it even more now. How could this classic rock band come up with that piece of crap? Abracadabra ironically is the Steve miller Band's biggest hit! At least on the charts. They have so many other great songs that are so much better. This joke of a song really hurts their chances (the only song I can think of that is similar is Mr. Roboto) for sure but should not keep them out. For gosh skae's have you ever heard Book of Dreams? What a phenomenal straight ahead rockin album. This band is the greatest combination in my mind of great musicianship , huge popularity and a legacy that will go on as long as rock does. Okay mayb their influence is not that of the Stones or Zepp but they ar influential to any hard rockin band that has ever wanted to feel the blues in their music. And besides the Floyd and mayb Zepp what other band is better to share a midnight toke and listen to in an imaginary state? Their music is perfect for that feeling. Please hall do not let one boner of a song get in your way of inducting one of the true great rock bands ever.

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