Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds: Happy Birthday From Metal Odyssey!

Jim McCarty – Ultra legendary Rock ‘N’ Roll drummer Jim McCarty turns a very cool 67 today, July 25th, 2010. Happy Rockin’ Birthday Jim! Jim McCarty is the original drummer for the Yardbirds and with this iconic band has played alongside such unreal guitar legends: Eric Clapton, Jeff BeckJimmy Page and Chris Dreja, with equal legends in bass guitarist Paul Samwell-Smith and of course, the late vocalist Keith Relf… Rock And Roll Hall of Famers all. To get into how important and influential the Yardbirds were and still are would take many, many more words to write. (Hint: the eventual evolution of Led Zeppelin).

Besides being a drummer, Jim McCarty is also a vocalist, guitarist and composer. Jim McCarty has also released some solo albums, two examples are: Out Of The Dark (1994) and Sitting On The Top Of Time (2009). Other very well known bands Jim McCarty has played in are: RenaissanceIllusion and Box Of Frogs among others. It is pioneering Rock bands such as The Yardbirds that have paved the way for Rock ‘N’ Roll today… thank you Jim McCarty and long live Rock ‘N’ Roll!

* For more info on Jim McCarty and to learn about his diverse music career, (it is worth the Rock ‘N’ Roll knowledge), just click this link: Jim McCarty – Official Website

Long Live Jim McCarty!


4 Responses to “Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds: Happy Birthday From Metal Odyssey!”

  1. Very cool you remember this great artist who was one of the architects of what one day be known as hardrock/heavy metal

    • metalodyssey Says:

      Architect of these heavy genres The Yardbirds were! For those who disagree, well, Led Zeppelin is the best factual answer. Back then, being heavy was The Yardbirds, The Who, The Rolling Stones and IMO… The Kinks too, just to name ’em off.

      Heck, “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks might very well be the first Heavy Metal song? Let’s face it, this song was released in 1964! It only deepens the debate and discussion I guess.

      I am truly into “the roots” of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal… which is “Old Time Rock ‘N’ Roll”. I refuse to forget the pioneers that made it happen for all of us Rockaholics. I get the Metal sense you are the same way. 😉

  2. I am most definitely the same way and what I love about this genre is that it now only has such a huge history but for the most part fans, and even really young fans are both aware of its history and respects it a great deal.

    • metalodyssey Says:

      I can agree to that. As I browse around younger bands myspace sites, I notice they list many Classic Rock bands under their influences. As I run into musicians or fans that are younger, they are easily engaged into conversation about Classic Rock bands and roots of Rock.

      Every generation does have it’s leader band too and I will look upon them as influential and groundbreaking for their time… KISS, RUSH, Iron Maiden, Metallica/Slayer and Pantera are perfect examples. We are going on the seventh decade of Rock ‘N’ Roll, so I could blab forever about influences that represent each decade. It’s cool stuff.

      With that said, I’m sure there are those that may care less about the classics and roots… I just have not run into anyone like that in a long while.

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