National Radio Day Michigan Memory with Jim McCarty
National Radio Day recently made me remember over the years I’ve got to do some incredible things with radio. Getting to sing alongside one of your Rock Idols is one off my bucket list. And September 11th, 2011, was one of them. That rock idol was Jim McCarty.
The great guitar player and Detroit legend played with “The Rockets”, “Cactus”, “Buddy Miles”, and “Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels.” Ted Nugent once said “I’m the only guy that plays that hollow body jazz guitar and it’s because in 1960 I saw Jim McCarty, creating those big fat full chords like I do on “Stranglehold” I learned that from Jim McCarty.”
Jim McCarty has played alongside “Jimi Hendrix”, “Alice Cooper”, “Iggy Pop”, and “Bob Seger”, and even won a Grammy with Thee Les Paul. Nervous as hell but having maybe a bit of Liquid Courage I got to sing The Rockets/Fleetwood Mac Classic “Oh Well” and to Jim’s suggestion Grand Funk’s “Some Kind Of Wonderful”. What an honor to be called up to sing alongside a guitar hero
Recently this year I did a quick interview with Jim McCarty on him hanging out with the band members of Led Zeppelin. The incredible time he described seeing them play out and after being invited to hang out and expand their minds. Jim noted nice guys in person and a memory he will never forget.
I will never forget when I was in 1979. When a few friends in high school made a road trip to Ohio to see the Toledo Speedway Jam. Check out who was all on the bill by checking this link here: “The Rockets” were getting lots of airplay with a hit, “Desire.” Also, headlining was “Blue Oster Cult” and “Eddie Money.”
Jim McCarty showing no signs of slowing down. He still plays out and still writes and records his solo work with the band “Mystery Train.” Jim was at the Cadieux Cafe in Detroit for his son Dylan who’s birthday this month. Dylan McCarty is a great musician also as it runs in the family.