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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:03 PM
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"Traffic" founder and drummer Jim Capaldi dies at age 60
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/4216603....

Founding member of 1960s band Traffic Jim Capaldi had died of stomach cancer at the age of 60, his family announced on Friday.

Capaldi died at a London hospital in the early hours of Friday morning, surrounded by his family including his wife and two children.

Born in Evesham, Worcestershire, Capaldi was close friends with Bob Marley, travelling with him as he wrote his Catch a Fire album.

Capaldi was married to Brazilian-born Aninha in 1975, a campaigner for the Brazilian street children's charity Jubilee.

Aninha escorted Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie during their official trip to Rio de Janeiro.

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vi5 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:06 PM
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1. Why I know of Jim Capaldi...
In the very earliest days of MTV, there were not a lot of videos even available for them to play. One of the videos in frequent rotation circa 1980 was a Jim Capaldi video. I had no idea who he was at the time. I was 10 years old and into Def Leppard and the Police. It was only years later that I found out who Traffic was and that he was a member. Weird.
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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:08 PM
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2. Never liked Traffic (never liked any post Spencer Davis Winwood)...
...but Jim Capaldi was a hell of a drummer.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:49 PM
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10. revisionist
;)

I liked Traffic a lot. Listened to them endlessly in the 70s, and again more recently since my husband has been on a Triffic kick again. It is always sad to see good musicians go before their time.
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jswordy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:09 PM
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3. "And the sound that you're hearing is only the sound...
...of the low spark of high-heeled boys."

Great band. Steve Winwood was great, they did a lot of jazz-style jams in concert. Some fab lyrics, too.

RIP, Jim.
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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:10 PM
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4. Two legendary drummers lost recently to cancer...
Capaldi and Jefferson Airplane / New Riders drummer Spencer Dryden on January 12th.

"Childhood's End" for many of us, eh? R.I.P. to both of them.

:toast:

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jswordy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:21 PM
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7. Isn't it funny that "classic rock"....
stations NEVER play Jefferson Airplane? I never heard them, anyway.
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:11 PM
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5. I posted this a bit ago
But it sank pretty quick..lol. He was a great drummer and it is always sad to see a talent like this go away.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:19 PM
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6. Ooops sorry
I didn't see it.
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:21 PM
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8. It's cool
It doesn't hurt :)
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jswordy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:22 PM
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9. I saw yer other post but didn't connect him with the band Traffic.
not enough caffeine yet back then
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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:59 PM
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11. So that's why they were playing "Freedom Rider" on the radio at lunchtime.
I hadn't heard that on the air in ages.

RIP, Jim Capaldi. Traffic is one of my all-time favorites.
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