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there are two musicians named Jim McCarty: one is the drummer of British bands Yardbirds and Renaissance and the other one is the guitarist of US bands Cactus and Rockets

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via AllMusic
James McCarty was one of the founding members of one of the seminal British Invasion groups, the Yardbirds. After leaving the group, he formed the progressive rock outfit Renaissance with Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf. McCarty left Renaissance in 1973; he wrote material for Dave Berry and Dave Clark, among others, before attempting to re-form Renaissance in 1976. Sadly, the band’s plans were destroyed by Relf’s death in 1976; the group continued as Illusion. In 1983, he joined former Yardbirds Chris Dreja and Paul Samwell-Smith as Box of Frogs. In the late ’80s, McCarty launched his own solo career, which has produced four albums that meld his blues-rock heritage with new age philosophies and musical textures.http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p45077/biography

via ProgArchives
Best known as one of the founder members of THE YARDBIRDS and RENAISSANCE, Drummer and vocalist Jim McCARTY worked on a number of other projects over the years, including SHOOT in 1973, the New Age ensemble STAIRWAY, the original RENAISSANCE line-up reunion band ILLUSION and (in 1990) a YARDBIRDS reunion called A BOX OF FROGS. In 1992 McCARTY and Chris DREJA would reform the YARDBIRDS again, this time under their original name, with guest appearances by Jeff BECK, Brian MAY, Steve VAI, Steve LUKATHER and SLASH on their only studio release from this incarnation, the 2003 “Birdland” album.

In all the bands McCARTY has worked in he has been prominent as one of the main composers and song-writers as well as providing backing vocals and the occasional lead. During the course of writing and composing McCARTY taught himself to play guitar and piano. In 1994 he released his first solo album, “Out of the Dark” and in 2003 he released his second, “Sitting On Top Of Time”, which features guest appearance by Steve HACKETT. Best known as one of the founder members of THE YARDBIRDS and RENAISSANCE, Drummer and vocalist Jim McCARTY worked on a number of other projects over the years, including SHOOT in 1973, the New Age ensemble STAIRWAY, the original RENAISSANCE line-up reunion band ILLUSION and (in 1990) a YARDBIRDS reunion called A BOX OF FROGS. In 1992 McCARTY and Chris DREJA would reform the YARDBIRDS again, this time under their original name, with guest appearances by Jeff BECK, Brian MAY, Steve VAI, Steve LUKATHER and SLASH on their only studio release from this incarnation, the 2003 “Birdland” album.

In all the bands McCARTY has worked in he has been prominent as one of the main composers and song-writers as well as providing backing vocals and the occasional lead. During the course of writing and composing McCARTY taught himself to play guitar and piano. In 1994 he released his first solo album, “Out of the Dark” and in 2003 he released his second, “Sitting On Top Of Time”, which features guest appearance by Steve HACKETT. http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5456

2. James William McCarty (born June 1, 1945) is an American blues rock guitarist from Detroit, Michigan. He has performed with Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels,[1] the Buddy Miles Express, Cactus, the popular Detroit rock band The Rockets, the Detroit Blues Band, and more recently, Mystery Train. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_McCarty

Edited by zevzec on 31 Aug 2011, 09:15

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