Nicola James Capaldi (2 August 1944 – 28 January 2005) was an English singer-songwriter and drummer. His musical career spanned more than four decades. He co-founded the progressive rock band Traffic in 1967 with Steve Winwood with whom he co-wrote the majority of the band’s material. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of Traffic’s original lineup.
Capaldi also performed with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Alvin Lee, Cat Stevens, and Mylon LeFevre, and wrote lyrics for other artists, such as “Love Will Keep Us Alive” and “This is Reggae Music”. As a solo artist he scored more than a half dozen chart hits in various countries, the best-known being “That’s Love” as well as his cover of “Love Hurts”.
Capaldi married Brazilian-born Aninha E S Campos in 1975 in All Saints Church, Marlow  and in 1976 toured with his band Space Cadets before moving to Brazil in 1977.
He had two daughters, Tabitha born in 1976 and Tallulah born in 1979. The Capaldis lived in the Bahia region of Brazil until the beginning of 1980 and while there he became heavily involved with environmental issues. They maintained homes in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, and Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. The track “Favela Music” on his 1981 album Let The Thunder Cry arose from his love of Brazil, and he worked with several Brazilian composers.
Capaldi was a friend and supporter of the London School of Samba and played with the bateria on at least one occasion. He did a lot of charitable work for organisations in Brazil, such as the Associação Beneficiente São Martinho street children’s charity in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, which the LSS also supported between 1994 and 2001. His wife was also the Porta Bandeira (flag bearer) of the LSS in the 1994 and 1995 Notting Hill Carnival parades.
Outside his music and environmental activism, Capaldi also assisted his wife in her work with Jubilee Action to help Brazilian street children. Because of this charity work, Capaldi and his wife were guests of Tony Blair at the Prime Minister’s country house, Chequers. He remained professionally active until his final illness prevented him from working on plans for a 2005 reunion tour of Traffic. He died of stomach cancer in Westminster, London, on 28 January 2005, aged 60.
Short Cut Draw Blood is the third studio album by the British musician Jim Capaldi, released by Island Records in 1975. It marked a major turning point in Capaldi’s career: it was his first album recorded after the breakup of Traffic, and more importantly it was his commercial breakthrough. While Capaldi’s first two solo albums had been moderately successful in the United States (in fact, in Short Cut Draw Blood was his least successful album in the United States thus far, with both the album itself at number 193 and the single “Love Hurts” barely scraping into the Billboard charts at number 97), Short Cut Draw Blood entered the charts in several other countries for the first time. This was particularly evident in his native United Kingdom; the single “It’s All Up to You” at number 27, released a year before the album, became his first top 40 hit there, only to be overshadowed the following year by his cover of “Love Hurts”, which went all the way to number 4.
The title of the album was conceived by co-producer Chris Blackwell.
The song “Boy with a Problem” was written about former Traffic bandmate Chris Wood, whose self-destructive tendencies (particularly his drug addiction) were a cause of increasing concern for Capaldi. The song features Paul Kossoff on guitar.
Rolling Stone called the album “still uneven” and “unfocused” but a promising step forward from his first solo work. Their review approved of both the session musicians and the arrangements, but criticized Capaldi’s lyrics as “simply absurd” or “rather embarrassingly sentimental”, being at his best only on the cover of “Love Hurts”, where “he brings a sense of pain very different from Roy Orbison’s original.” (wikipedia)
Jim Capaldi struck out on his own following the break-up of Traffic and the result is the upbeat Short Cut Draw Blood. This album produced hit singles in the form of such tracks as “It’s All Up to You,” “Love Hurts,” and the FM staple “Johnny Too Bad.” Aided by a wide variety of musician friends and dipping into a wide range of musical styles, there is something for everyone on Short Cut Draw Blood. While some cuts still have a thrown-together sound to them, this album holds together even better than his first release. A fine look at the mid-’70s in terms of just how wide a variety of music could be contained on one album by one personality. (by James Chrispell)
Ray Allen (saxophone (on 01., 04., 08. percussion on 03.
Rebop Kwaku Baah (percussion on 02., 04., 05., 07., 08.)
Barry Beckett (keyboards on 04., piano on 05., 07.)
John “Rabbit” Bundrick (piano, clavinet on 02.)
Pete Carr (lead guitar on 04., 05. 07., guitar on 06.)
Phil Chen (bass on 02.)
Jim Capaldi (vocals, drums on 02., percussion on 02. 05., 06., drum machine on 01.
Gerry Conway (drums on 03.)
Rosko Gee (bass on 03., 08.)
Roger Hawkins (drums on 04. – 07.)
David Hood (bass on 04 – 07.)
Jimmy Johnson (guitar on 04. – 07.)
Remi Kabaka (percussion on 01., 04., 08.)
Paul Kossoff (lead guitar on 07.)
Phil (guitar on 08.)
Jess Roden (guitar on 02.)
Rico Rodriguez (trombone on 08.)
Jean Roussel (piano, minimoog on 03.)
Chris Spedding – guitar (on 03., 05.), lead guitar on 06.)
Steve Winwood (guitar on 01. + 08., keyboards on 01., 08., bass on 01. piano on 03., bass on 06. mellotron, harpsichord on 08.)
Chris Wood (flute on 08.)
Peter Yarrow (guitar on 04.)
Muscle Shoals Horns (horns on 04.)
01. Goodbye Love (Capaldi) 4.34
02. It’s All Up to You (Capaldi) 4.14
03. Love Hurts (Bryant) 3.31
04. Johnny Too Bad (Bailey/Beckford/Crooks) 4.16
05. Short Cut Draw Blood (Capaldi) 4.29
06. Living On A Marble (Capaldi) 4.31
07. Boy With A Problem (Capaldi) 6.34
08. Keep On Trying (Capaldi) 7.28
09. Seagull (Capaldi) 4.17