Jim Simpson

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At Big Bear since 1968

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Background

Ex RAF. Ex photographer. Former professional trumpet player, manager of Locomotive [Rudy's In Love] and Black Sabbath [through first two hit albums and 'Paranoid' single]. Set up Big Bear Records in 1968.

Likes

Jazz, Swing, Cajun, Ska and Rock Steady, quality rock and country that rocks. Football [ a lifelong supporter of Halesowen Town FC]. Speedway, reading 19th and 20th century history especially with regard to Spain, Central Europe and Russia as well as certain novelists – Runyon, Steinbeck, Klima, Kunderer especially, the cinema, absolutely anything to do with Spain.

Dislikes

Poor music, badly played. Television programming that by omission deprives ordinary folk of the opportunity to discover good music.

Playlist

  • The Atomic Mr Basie – Count Basie Orchestra
  • Good Old Boys – Randy Newman
  • The Band – The Band
  • The Hucklebuck Jam Session – Buck Clayton
  • Mad Dogs & Englishmen – Leon Russell
  • The Midnight Sessions – Nat King Cole
  • The Complete Billie Holiday - Billie Holiday
  • Hard Times and Cool Blues – Charles Brown
  • Blues & Rhythm Volume One – King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys
  • Lady Sings The Blues - Lady Sings The Blues
  • Little Jimmy & The Big Brass Jazz Giants '56 - Lester Young

Films

  • The Blues Brothers
  • One From The Heart
  • The Glenn Miller Story
  • Good Night and Good Luck
  • Some Like It
  • Hot Land And Freedom
  • The Last Waltz
  • The Lives of Others
  • Pete Kelly's Blues
  • Harry’s Golden Years