Traffic albums “Mr Fantasy”, “Traffic”, and “John Barleycorn Must Die” included former Spencer Davis Group teen prodigy singer/organist/guitarist Steve Winwood, reed man Chris Wood, and drummer Jim Capaldi. Guitarist/singer Dave Mason, a former Spencer Davis roadie, shared a talent for melody with the other three on the first two Traffic albums, but little else personality-wise, and was cut loose for the second and final time before the second album hit store shelves. Steve Winwood & the late Jim Capaldi joined me In the Studio.
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Steve Winwood and the late Jim Capaldi here In the Studio on the anniversary of the 1967 debut by England’s Traffic, “Mr. Fantasy”, the week of November 28. -Redbeard
Not always considered a Progressive Rock band, nevertheless the title song to Traffic’s most popular album, November 1971’s “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” fits easily high atop any list of the most popular and creative songs of the Progressive Rock era..In my classic rock interview In the Studio prior to Jim Capaldi’s death in 2005 from cancer, it is clearly evident how much Steve Winwood and Capaldi loved woodwind player ChrisWood, and each other.
“Higher Love”, the #1 seller and winner of both the “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year” Grammys for 1986, isn’t about doing it in the top bunk. It’s about love on a spiritual plane, not an airplane. By his mid-twenties, Steve Winwood already may have been on a hall of fame career pace, singing and playing hits as a mere teenager with the Spencer Davis Group (“Gimme Some Lovin’ “,” I’m a Man”), Traffic, and Blind Faith. Yet Winwood told me in this classic rock interview about 1986’s “Back in the High Life” that a 1972 bout with peritonitis almost killed him…
Back in 1972 while working at my first radio station in Ohio, I got a lesson in soul music from Timmy Thomas and the single “Why Can’t We Live Together?“, and apparently an ocean away Steve Winwood, ex-Spencer Davis Group wunderkind, Traffic cop, and Blind Faith refugee, was taking the same musical correspondence course. What […]
When I sat down In the Studio in Autumn 1990 with Steve Winwood to talk about his then new release “Refugees of the Heart” , he had already established himself with the breakthrough album “Arc of a Dive”r ten years prior, then midway in between released “Back in the High Life”, one of the biggest albums commercially as well as critically, and “Roll With It”, in the Eighties.
Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood for the brief Blind Faith story In the Studio.
Twenty-five years ago it was my great honor to host the first new Traffic album in twenty years, Far from Home by Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi…
…get the Traffic jam flowing with the ultra-rare “No Spark” unplugged version of the Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys title song performed by Steve Winwood and the late Jim Capaldi in February 1994.
David Gilmour joins Redbeard In the Studio for Gilmour’s 2006 solo album “On an Island”.