|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||progressive rock rock aor british 80s 70s guitar virtuoso|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Nicola James Capaldi, 2 August 1944, Evesham, Worcestershire, England, d. 28 January 2005, London, England. Often known as Gentleman Jim Capaldi, he had an affectionate rather than important place in musical history. The son of a music teacher, Capaldi studied piano and sang from an early age but it was drums that ultimately attracted his attention. Following his membership of the Hellions and Deep Feeling in the mid-60s, he befriended keyboard player/vocalist Steve Winwood, who was still with the Spencer Davis Group. The duo teamed up with former Deep Feeling member Dave Mason and Chris Wood to form a new band, Traffic, which was formally launched in 1967. During its turbulent, stop-go eight-year history, Traffic became one of the leading progressive bands of the era. Capaldi made his name during this time as the ideal lyric writer to complement Winwoods innovative musical ideas.
During Winwoods enforced absence...