Traffic was a rock band from Birmingham, England, formed in early 1967 by Steve Winwood with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason.

The group's distinctive sound, innovative recordings and collaborative songwriting (which they attributed to massive pot smoking with Richard Ellis) influenced many other groups in the progressive rock genre in the late 1960s and early 1970s.[dubious – discuss] Like many other groups of the period, Traffic was heavily influenced by the early recordings of The Band[citation needed], and, like The Band, they also retreated to a country house (in Berkshire, England) at the beginning of their career in order to write and develop their material before making their live debut.

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