SW logo "Dave Leaves Traffic": FAB Magazine, December, 1967

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Dave Mason, a key man in Traffic, leaves the group this week. Not the sort of Christmas present to be welcomed by a super-group currently notching up its third successive hit and promoting its first album!

The group's sitarist, Dave has written most of Traffic's material to date, including "Hole In My Shoe" and hopes to continue writing for the group in future. He is leaving to concentrate on writing and producing records. "Traveling and performing take up too much of my time," Dave told FAB. "I'm leaving the group so that I can concentrate on producing records, and I've already lined up The Family and singer Gordon Jackson for record production. Naturally, I hope to write for Traffic, and the split from the group has been a friendly one."

Next week Dave flies to America to talk over record production deals with Island Records producer Jimmy Miller. Island tends to keep it in the family when someone leaves one of its groups. Muff Winwood became an Island Records executive when the original Spencer Davis Group broke up and Muff's brother Steve formed Traffic.

Traffic will continue as a trio, and the group has no intention of replacing Dave in the foreseeable future.

Mr Fantasy, Traffic's sensational album, now becomes something of a souvenir for Dave Mason fans. It will probably be the last time you will hear him play with Traffic.

No Stopping the Traffic

In the world of pop, few groups are as talented as The Traffic. And of The Traffic members, Stevie Winwood, 20 years old, is the most amazing. He started his career with a church hall appearance when only 9 and made his professional debut at 14. From there on in there was no stopping Stevie. He joined Spencer Davis and formed the group that has never been the same since he quit.

Not satisfied with the musical progress of the goup, he branched out on his own and formed The Traffic. With drummer Jim Capaldi and sax, flute and guitar player Chris Wood, he hit the road. Now the boys have a series of hits behind them and another on the way. Taken from their first LP and different from their other hits, "No Face, No Name, and No Number" is a ballad that screams "hit parade".

-- June Southworth

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