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Friday, January 28, 2005
 

Jim Capaldi, Traffic

Freeway Jam bids farewell to drummer Jim Capaldi, best known for his work in Traffic. Capaldi died yesterday from cancer at the age of 60.

Traffic was formed in 1967 by Steve Winwood, all of 19 at the time, along with Dave Mason, Chris Wood, and Capaldi.

Traffic started life as a psychedelic-folk outfit, and scored with Dear Mr. Fantasy, one of their most enduring songs. They broke up and reformed twice in the ensuing 7 years, releasing several excellent albums and evolving into a semi-improvisatory band, their songs stretching past the 10 minute mark, the band often improvising like jazzmen within a rock structure. The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys is their most realized work in this vein.

Traffic: Mr. Fantasy (1967)  Traffic: Traffic (1968)  Traffic: John Barleycorn Must Die (1969)  Traffic: The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (1971)

Among their other classics are "Freedom Rider", "John Barleycorn", and Dave Mason's "Feelin' Alright", all of which still get airplay on classic rock stations.

Capaldi had some chart success as a solo artist in the U.K. after Traffic disbanded in 1974. His biggest solo hit was a cover of Roy Orbison's Love Hurts.

Traffic had been due in the studio to begin work on their first album since a 1993 reunion, but Capaldi's illness put those plans on hold.

While Traffic may not be as well known as some of their contemporaries, their work ranks well among the top acts of the late 60's/early 70's.