Jim McCarty

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Jim McCarty
Jim McCarty Basingstoke 2008 By Marc Lacaze
Background information
Birth name James Stanley McCarty
Born (1943-07-25) 25 July 1943 (age 70)
Walton, Liverpool, England
Genres Blues rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, hard rock, folk rock
Instruments Drums, Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1960s–present
Associated acts The Yardbirds
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For the guitarist, see Jim McCarty. For the author, see Jim McCarty.

James Stanley "Jim" McCarty (born 25 July 1943) is an English musician, best known as the drummer for The Yardbirds and Renaissance.[1][2] Following Chris Dreja's departure from The Yardbirds in 2013 McCarty became the only member of the band to appear in all of its incarnations.

Early life[edit]

He was born at Walton Hospital in Liverpool, England, but his family moved to London when he was two years old. He attended Hampton School in Hampton where Paul Samwell-Smith was a fellow pupil. When playing with the early Yardbirds, he worked as a stockbroker in London Stock Exchange.

The Yardbirds[edit]


Other bands[edit]

He has also played in the bands Shoot (on lead vocals), Illusion (as acoustic guitarist, with three other ex-members of Renaissance), Stairway and Pilgrim.

McCarty played in the Yardbirds reunion band Box of Frogs in the 1980s, and has been part of the Yardbirds' reformation since 1992. McCarty has also been a member of The British Invasion All-Stars, and his own Jim McCarty Band.


Most of McCarty's recordings have been issued under the names of the group he was in at the time, but two solo CDs have been issued under the name "James McCarty" -

  • Out of the Dark (1994)
    • "Out of the Dark"
    • "We're Still Dreamers"
    • "Signs from an Age Gone By"
    • "Just a Breath Away"
    • "Just Breaking Through"
    • "What if Summer Never Came"
    • "Still You Don't Believe"
    • "Longing (Link)"
    • "Home is Where the Heart Is"
    • "Back to the Earth"
  • Sitting on the Top of Time (2009) - co-produced by Ron Korb.
    • 1. The Outsider
    • 2. Blowing Through The Countryside
    • 3. Living From The Inside Out
    • 4. Hidden Nature
    • 5. For Eloise
    • 6. Temporary Life
    • 7. Near End of May
    • 8. Hummingbird
    • 9. Calling Out To You
    • 10. Sitting on the Top of Time
    • 11. Shangri-La


The Yardbirds, 1966. From left: Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Chris Dreja, Keith Relf, and Jim McCarty.

McCarty is respected for the innovative drumming styles which he introduced into rock music, particularly psychedelic music during the 1960s. There are The Yardbirds songs, like "Train Kept A-Rollin'", when McCarty produces a train style beat, and songs like "Mister You’re a Better Man Than I" and "Shapes of Things" when he often changes tempo mid song and as well as produces a martial beat, such as the fast military gallop which drives the Shapes of Things solo. "I'm A Man" has what became known as a speed metal beat, "I'm Not Talking" has the strong back beat. Although not as flamboyant as his contemporaries Keith Moon and Mitch Mitchell, McCarty’s drumming influenced an entire generation of drummers to experiment beyond the normal rhythm patterns that were prevalent in early Rock 'n' Roll, and he is especially recognized for his early career innovations, many of which received extensive American and European airplay, such as "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" (a psychedelic rock highlight)[3]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: Jim McCarty". AMG. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Yardbirds' biography". Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  3. ^ The Yardbirds, Backbeat Books, 2002. ISBN 0-87930-724-2


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