JIM McCARTY – (Drummer)



Full Name: James Stanley McCarty

Description: Vocalist, Drummer, UK

Known For: Founded and drummer of “The Yardbirds” in 1963.

Instruments: Drums

Music Styles: Rock

Location: United Kingdom

Date Born: 25th July 1943
Location Born: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Web Site:  Jim McCarty’s website

Jim McCarty, The Yardbirds and Renaissance › Drummer …

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Jim McCarty

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.

McCarty has performed and recorded with the Yardbirds, Together, Renaissance, Shoot, Illusion, the Yardbirds reunion band Box of Frogs, Stairway, The British Invasion All-Stars, and Pilgrim, as well as under his own name and as the Jim McCarty Band. Since 1992 he has been playing with the reformed Yardbirds.

The Yardbirds

(1963-1968, 1992 to date)

Main article: The Yardbirds


Together was the name of a duo formed by Keith Relf and Jim McCarty which released one UK single in November 1968 as Columbia Records DB 8491 –
Henry’s Coming Home b/w Love Mum and Dad

produced by fellow ex-Yardbird Paul Samwell-Smith and arranged and conducted by ex-Shadow Tony Meehan. One further track from the Together sessions in June 1968 has appeared on Yardbirds compilations –
Together Now



Main article: Renaissance


Shoot were –
Jim McCarty – lead vocals, keyboards, percussion
Dave Greene – vocals, guitars, banjo
Bill Russell – bass
Craig Collinge – drums, percussion

They released one album on EMI records in 1973, On The Frontier. The track listing was as follows (all tracks written by McCarty unless otherwise shown) –
1.The Neon Life
2.Ships and Sails
3.Living Blind
4.On the Frontier (McCarty/Thatcher)
5.The Boogie
6.Midnight Train (McCarty/Greene)
7.Head Under Water (Greene)
8.Sepia Sister
9.Old Time Religion
10.Mean Customer (McCarty/Greene)

Produced by Ian McLintock
Additional Personnel –
Lyn Dobson and Bob Birtles (Horns)
B.J.Cole (Pedal Steel and Dobro)
Graham Preskitt (Violin)
John Tout (Piano on “Old Time Religion”)


(1977-1979, 2001)

Main article: Illusion

Box of Frogs


Main article: Box of Frogs



Main article: Stairway


Pilgrim were
James McCarty – vocals
Tania Matchett – vocals
John Richardson – vocals
Carmen Willcox – lyricist

They released two albums –
Search For The Dreamchild (1995)

All music by James McCarty, all lyrics by Carmen Willcox
Track listing –
1.Overture 2.10/From Angels to Lovers 4.35
2.Agnus Dei 3.20
3.Barefoot Angel 5.00
4.Bound to Desire 3.18
5.Devotion 3.25
6.Stay 3.40
7.Eternal Dance 4.25
8.Conquest 4.25
9.Seduction 3.32
10.Longing 4.28

Keyboards – Matthew Hammond, Clifford White (programming), Paul Miller
Guitar – Dugald Brown
Bass – Loui Cennamo
Drums & percussion – James McCarty
Cello – Julie Palmer
Accordion – Andy Thomas
Gothic Dream (1996)

All music by James McCarty, lyrics as shown.

Track listing –
1.She Walks in Beauty (Byron) 4.40
2.Knight of the Silver Sword (instrumental) 3.41
3.A Face to Die For (Willcox) 5.23
4.Tower of Enchantments (instrumental) 3.41
5.Dreams of Thee (Shelley) 0.22
6.Stolen Maiden (Willcox) 3.45
7.Gothic Dream (instrumental) 3.21
8.Crusader’s Lament (Willcox) 4.59
9.My Lady Dances (instrumental) 5.00
10.La Belle Dame Sans Merci (Keats) 3.31
11.Immortal Moments (instrumental) 3.47
12.Dream Within a Dream (E.A.Poe) 5.00
13.Swinburne (recited by Carmen Willcox) 0.44

Solo Discography

Most of McCarty’s recordings have been issued under the names of the group he was in at the time, but he has also released two solo CDs –
Out of the Dark (1994) by James McCarty

Produced by James McCarty with Dugard Brown and Andy Le Vien
All songs composed by James McCarty.
Track Listing –
1.Out of the Dark 4.30
2.We’re Still Dreamers 4.57
3.Signs from an Age Gone By 5.22
4.Just a Breath Away 4.30
5.Just Breaking Through 5.01
6.What if Summer Never Came 3.44
7.Still You Don’t Believe 3.27
8.Longing (Link) 0.32
9.Home is Where the Heart Is 4.08
10.Back to the Earth 3.43

Vocals/Drums/Keyboards – James McCarty
Guitar – Dugard Brown, Eddie Phillips, Don Crane
Keyboards – Matthew Fisher, Matthew Hammond, Clifford White
Bass – Rod Dimick
Background Vocals – Dugard Brown, Jackie Rave, Mandy Bell, Jane Relf, Don Crane
Sitting on the Top of Time (2009) by Jim McCarty

Produced by Jim McCarty with Ron Korb
All songs composed by Jim McCarty.
Track Listing –
1.The Outsider 4.59
2.Blowing Through The Countryside 3.49
3.Living From The Inside Out 5.05
4.Hidden Nature 5.15
5.For Eloise 6.05
6.Temporary Life 5.20
7.Near End of May 5.25
8.Hummingbird 4.25
9.Calling Out To You 4.14
10.Sitting on the Top of Time 4.49
11.Shangri-La 7.22

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Percussion – Jim McCarty
Lead Guitar – Jean-Michel Kajdan, Steve Hackett
Flute, Bass Flute, Bamboo Flute, Chinese Flute – Ron Korb
Piano – Donald Quan, Lou Pomanti
Viola, Orchestral Parts – Donald Quan
Bass, Acoustic bass, Dilruba – George Koller
Acoustic Guitar – Ray Hickey Jr.
Cello – Anne Bourne
Backing Vocals – Anne Bourne, Ron Korb


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 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).


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