Singer/songwriter/guitarist Steve Miller will be honored with the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 22nd annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, Saturday, October 7, 2006, at the Hilton San Francisco. For a list of this year's TEC nominees, go to page 53.
Initially a fixture in San Francisco's “Summer of Love” scene as leader of the Steve Miller Band, the Texas-bred Miller used his blues/rock roots to transcend psychedelia and develop his own enduring sound. In the ensuing decades, Miller has consistently toured and seen his songs covered by artists as diverse as Smashing Pumpkins, The Deftones, Seal, Run-D.M.C. and k.d. lang. The band's Greatest Hits 1974-1978 has been certified Platinum 13 times. Cumulatively, the Steve Miller Band has sold 23.5 million records since its 1968 Capitol debut, Children of the Future. Fly Like an Eagle proved to be a career-defining album for the Steve Miller Band. With more than 4 million albums sold to date, Fly Like an Eagle is the band's biggest-selling studio album. It spent nearly two years on the Billboard 200, peaking at Number 3 and yielding the Top 40 singles “Rock 'n Me,” which was the band's second Number One single (following the 1973 “The Joker”), the title track, which reached Number 2 on the pop charts and Number 20 on the R&B charts, and “Take the Money and Run,” which peaked at Number 11.
In other TEC news, as of July 1, 2006, more than 20 pro audio and technology industry leading companies have signed on to sponsor the 22nd Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, Saturday, October 7, at the Hilton San Francisco. Intel Corporation has come onboard as the official sponsor of the Technical Awards, and Gibson Guitar Corp. will once again sponsor the Les Paul Award, which will be presented to guitarist Steve Miller.
These companies are joined by Platinum sponsors Harman Pro Group, Digidesign, Mix magazine, Sennheiser and Shure. Numerous companies are also supporting the event as Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors. A complete list of sponsors, as well as nominee profiles, appears on page 54. For sponsorship information, contact Eric Geer at 925/287-1657 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go online to www.mixfoundation.org.