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.