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Jim Capaldi

Nicola James 'Jim' Capaldi (2 August 1944 – 28 January 2005)] was an English musician and songwriter. His musical career lasted more than four decades. He co-founded Traffic in Birmingham with Steve Winwood, and the band's psychedelic rock was influential in Britain and the United States. Capaldi and Winwood wrote many of Traffic's major hits and most of the tracks on the band's ten albums. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of Traffic's original lineup.

Jim Capaldi performed with several famous musicians including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Alvin Lee. He has also written lyrics to songs for other artists, such as 'This is Reggae Music' a hit for Zap Pow. As a solo artist he scored more than a half dozen chart hits in various countries.

Following his death, several tributes in celebration of Capaldi's life and music came out under the name 'Dear Mr Fantasy'. The first was a tribute concert that took place at the Roundhouse in Camden Town, London in January 2007. Guests included Bill Wyman, Jon Lord, Gary Moore, Steve Winwood, Cat Stevens, Paul Weller, Pete Townshend, his brother Phil and many more. The performances were evenly split between Capaldi's solo songs and his work with Traffic. All profits went to The Jubilee Action Street Children Appeal and a recording of the concert was released as a double CD set the same year.

The second such tribute, 'Dear Mr. Fantasy: The Jim Capaldi Story', is a four-disc boxed set released in July 2011. Though a slight majority of the tracks came from Capaldi's solo albums, it also included some of his work with the Hellions, Deep Feeling and Traffic, a few rare non-album tracks, and more than ten previously unreleased recordings

Universal Music Publishing is proud to represent Jim Capaldi’s work on Traffic’s classic albums and on his solo albums 'Short Cut Draw Blood', 'Oh How We Danced' and 'Whale Meat Again'.


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