THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
600-Jim Capaldi-It’s All Up to You.
1974-Number 27 single.
Best Bit-At 0.21. Just man up, and tell her what’s she’s missing, for goodness sake.
Nicola James Capaldi was born on August 2nd, 1944, in Evesham, Worcestershire, he died on January 28th, 2005, from stomach cancer. His father’s first name was also Nicola, and had been born to Italian parents in 1913, also in Evesham.
Capaldi’s first major breakthrough occurred in 1967 when forming the Psychedelic Rock band Traffic with Steve Winwood, Chris Wood (1944-1983,) and Dave Mason, in Birmingham, England. Capaldi, and Mason had both previously played together in the bands the ‘Hellions,’ and ‘Deep Feeling’, while Winwood had been the lead singer of The Spencer Davis Group from the age of 14.The other founding member Chris Wood had been a member of a Birmingham band called ‘Locomotive. Traffic were active on and off between 1969-2004, recording eight studio Albums, with alternating group members.The majority of Traffic’s material was written by all of the band members, with Capaldi co-writing two of their top 10 UK singles,’Paper Sun,’ and ‘Here We Go Round the Mullberry Bush,’ both in 1967. Capaldi was the drummer in Traffic, and it was also him who named the band, coming up with the name while the four of them were waiting to cross the street in Dorchester.
While still a member of Traffic, Capaldi launched his solo career in 1972, releasing his debut Album ‘Oh How We Danced, in total he released 13 solo studio Albums between 1972-2004. ‘It’s All Up to You’ was from Capaldi’s third studio Album ‘Short Cut Draw Blood,’ from 1975, which also featured his biggest solo hit single ‘Love Hurts,’ a cover of a song first recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960, and reaching Number 4 in the UK in 1975.
Following Capaldi’s death a tribute concert took place in January 2007, with the proceeds going to the ‘Jubilee Action Street Children’s Appeal.’ Artists who took part included Pete Townshend, Paul Weller, Steve Winwood, and Gary Moore.
‘Everyday I watched you walkin,’ walkin’ by my window pane. From the first time that I saw you baby, I knew I’d never be the same.