Steve Miller (born October 5, 1943) is a blues and rock and roll guitarist and performer.
Steve Miller was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Dr. George "Sonny" Miller, a pathologist, jazz enthusiast and amateur recording engineer, and Bertha, a jazz-influenced singer. In 1950, the family moved to Dallas. While at St. Mark's School of Texas, Miller formed his first band, The Marksmen. Miller taught one of his classmates, Royce Scaggs, a few guitar chords so that he could join the band; Scaggs became better known by his nickname, Boz. Miller attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 1960s, where he formed The Ardells. Scaggs joined the Ardells the next year. Ben Sidran was added to the Ardells as a keyboardist the following year. Miller was only sixteen when he started college, and dropped out with six credit hours remaining for a degree in literature. Miller's godfather is Les Paul, pioneer of the electric guitar. Paul encouraged young Miller to utilize his prodigal talents, and much of Miller's success has been attributed to Paul's tutelage during his childhood and teenage years.