with Mason on guitar and Gordon Jackson on rhythm guitar, while Capaldi himself switched to drums.
Back in Worcester, The Hellions established themselves as busy professionals of sufficient repute to provide backing to visiting performers including Adam Faith and Dave Berry.
By the end of 1964, they had a London residency at the Whisky a Go Go Club.
In 1964–65 the band released three singles, but none charted.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of Traffic's original line-up.
He co-founded the psychedelic rock band Traffic in 1967 with Steve Winwood with whom he co-wrote the majority of the band's output.
Capaldi also performed with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Alvin Lee, Cat Stevens, and Mylon Le Fevre, 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 most well-known being "That's Love" as well as his cover of "Love Hurts".
to English parents Marie (Née Couchier) and Nicholas Capaldi.
His father was born Nicola Capaldi in 1913 in Evesham to Italian parents.
As a child Capaldi studied the piano and singing with his father, a music teacher, and by his teens he was playing drums with his friends.
At age 14 he founded the band The Sapphires and served as their lead vocalist.