When did Steve Winwood leave Traffic?

Steve Winwood left Traffic, the English rock band, in 1969, to pursue a solo career.

He formed the band in 1967, along with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood, and Dave Mason, and they released their debut album, “Mr. Fantasy,” the same year.

The band’s fusion of rock, jazz, and psychedelia proved to be a success, and they gained a devoted following in the UK and the US. As a member of Traffic, Winwood was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Steve Winwood’s departure from Traffic marked a significant turning point in his career. He had already established himself as a talented singer and songwriter, and his departure allowed him to focus entirely on his solo work.

He released his debut solo album, “Winwood,” in 1971, which showcased his eclectic musical influences and his distinct vocal style

Over the years, he continued to release successful solo albums and collaborate with other musicians, cementing his place as a highly respected and influential figure in the music industry.