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Today in Rock – January 28th


2005, English drummer and singer songwriter Jim Capaldi died of stomach cancer aged 60. Member of Traffic, (1967 UK No.2 single ‘Hole In My Shoe’) and solo, (1975 UK No.4 single ‘Love Hurts’). Also worked with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and George Harrison.

Traffic was an amazingly talented band of musicians playing some of the best blues-rock with a bit of latin flavor thrown in. Always enjoyed Stevie Winwood’s voice, Dave Mason’s guitar playing in the early days. But one member seemed to go unnoticed among the egos. Jim Capaldi was one of the best rock percussionists around.When Traffic became a trio, Capaldi was a big part of the reason it worked.

Listen to those Traffic songs and take notice of Capaldi’s riffs. Classic stuff.

He had a few solo albums that were mostly bad. I tried to get into him back then, but I just couldn’t.

I would much rather go back to the old Traffic albums.

Here is a live version of a classic that shows off Capaldi’s talents.

Traffic – Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys


About Stevie GB

60 year old stand up comedian from Long Island. My approach to comedy is telling the truth about being married, middle aged and living in the suburbs. I enjoy making people laugh without making them feel uncomfortable. My act is clean and clever. Featured in Newsday and on News12. Winner of the Huntington Arts Council Laff-off, 2006. 3rd place winner of LI Press Best of LI 2011, A regular on The Long Island Comedy Festival for 9 consecutive years. Opened for Dennis Miller, Louie Anderson, Kevin Pollak, Bobby Collins, Bob Nelson, Uncle Floyd, Kevin Meaney, and many more.

3 responses to “Today in Rock – January 28th

  1. Gerard ⋅

    Something So Strong was a huge hit in 1989 overhere in the Netherlands, but the clip of it was hilarious. Everybody knew he was a drummer… In the clip his horse died in the desert so he has to walk… not with his drum-kit ofcourse, but with a guitar.

  2. Gerard ⋅

    Nope, this song from Jim:

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