1. CAT Episode 144 - Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown) Ray White 33:26

Kim Simmonds formed Savoy Brown in 1965 and was one of the pioneers in the Blues Rock genre.  The bands’ heyday was in the early 1970’s.  Considered one of the premier guitarists, Kim and Savoy Brown have released nearly 50 albums throughout his career.  In this tribute to Kim, who passed away on December 13, 2022, we reach back in our archives and share our April of 2007 interview with him.  Award-winning program director Ray White talked with Kim about his Steel album, performing as a power trio and touring throughout the world.  In our showcase segment, we pay tribute to guitar guru Jeff Beck, who unexpectedly passed away on January 10, 2023.  A two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee  – with The Yardbirds and as a solo artist, Jeff also won 8 Grammy awards during his illustrious career.  On the Top 10 on most everyones “greatest guitarist of all-time” lists, Jeff’s last album released before his death was titled 18, and was joined by his friend Johnny Depp.  Legendary musicians, who come along just once in a lifetime – you’ll find them on Classic Artists Today

Ray White Managing Director, Classic Artists Today

Ray's passion for music and the musicians, started as a youth listening to transistor radios under the covers at bedtime. The bands and performers he liked, he followed throughout their career. In 2005 he was fed up with the evolution of a majority of the music the radio stations were playing and began investigating the bands he grew up listening to in the 1960's, 70's and 80's. Radio wasn't playing any of those band's "new" songs, just the "classic" hits. Researching the industry for a year, Ray launched Classic Artists Today syndicated radio show - featuring "new" songs by "classic" artists and included interviews and classic tracks too. The show was carried by several dozen radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Featuring Rock/Pop musicians and bands, Ray and the show won several awards from New Music Weekly magazine. With the success of these shows, he launched Coool CAT syndicated radio show, 5 years later, featuring Soul/R&B/Smooth Jazz/Blues performers and bands. In 2017, Ray starting producing his show in a 30-minute podcast format. Today, you can hear his work at Sittin' In With The CAT and Sittin' In With The Coool CAT. The legacy continues!