Song of the Day: Traffic, “The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys”

Singer, songwriter and drummer Jim Capaldi, one of the founding members of the band Traffic, was born on this day in 1944. He and Steve Winwood started Traffic in 1967 and wrote most of the music for the band, including “The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys,” title track from their 1971 album. While never issued as a single due to its length, it was a favorite of album-oriented rock stations in the early ’70’s.

17 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Traffic, “The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys”

  1. I’m never sure why I remember Jim Capaldi and Steve Winwood founded Traffic. I did listen to an album oriented rock station, and I owned this album, and I loved this song.


            1. I had a very early cassette of it that a friend gave me in ’71. Sound wasn’t that good, but it was good enough to get an idea. “Do what you like” drove me crazy until I figured out it was in 5/4…


  2. Most people feel that this song is about the low creativity of the business managers and the record labels, who would make huge profits from the songwriter’s and musician’s dreams, and the artists just let then get away with taking advantage of them, because they were all living way too high and beyond all their means.


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