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    Ryan, Jim

    Jim Ryan was playing lead guitar for The Vibratones when they were joined by Don Ciccone and Bob Podstawski and morphed into The Critters.  They signed with Kapp Records, who pushed for them to release a cover of John Sebastian’s “Younger Girl” as their first hit.  At this time, Bob, Don and Jim were all graduating from high school.  In a bizarre coincidence, without pre-planning, the three of them wound up at Villanova University. 

     

    It was difficult to keep the band going, as the other members of the band were back in New Jersey.  Their debut album, nearly two years in the making, was finally released in 1966, and “Younger Girl” did indeed become a minor hit.  Don and Jim wrote most of the material on the album. 

     

    The Vietnam war interrupted whatever momentum the band had.  Bob, Don, and drummer Jack Decker were all called away to serve their country.  Jim tried to carry on with bassist Ken Gorka, adding drummer Jim Pelosi and keyboardist Bob Spinella, recording Touch and Go with The Critters, but they eventually disbanded. 

     

    Jim went on to work with Carly Simon on several albums, and toured with her, as well.  He appeared on her eponymous debut, as well as Anticipation, The Best of Carly Simon, Coming Around Again, Greatest Hits Live, Hello Big Man, Hotcakes, No Secrets, and Spoiled Girl.  Jim co-wrote “Summer’s Coming Around Again” with Carly and Paul Glanz.  He also collaborated with Cat Stevens on Buddha & The Chocolate Box, and appears on Cat Stevens Box Set. 

     

    A multi-instrumentalist, Jim plays acoustic, bass, and electric guitar, and sings background vocals. 

     

    He has since expanded into film and television, composing theme music for Channel 4 in New York and CNBC, as well as several documentaries. 

     

    Thanks to CD technology, you can hear some of that old Critters stuff on a variety of compilations:  Anthology:  The Complete Kapp Recordings, 1965-1967, The Best of The Critters, and New York Bound:  The Best of the Critters.

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/artist/Jim+Ryan/a/Jim+Ryan.htm
    2. http://www.tsimon.com/critters.htm
    3. http://www.classicwebs.com/critters.htm
    4. http://www.loti.com/sixties_music/The_Critters.htm
    5. http://music.msn.com/artist/?artist=16170396&menu=credits&startingItem=1&sb=1&ipp=10
    6. http://shopping.yahoo.com/p:Jim%20Ryan:1927178091:page=discography:subpage=also-appears-on
    7. http://cd.ciao.co.uk/Buddha_And_The_Chocolate_Box_Remastered_Cat_Stevens__6021248
    8. http://dose.mymusic.com/product.asp?curr=1&muzenbr=434329&myptr=Dose
    9. http://www.last.fm/music/The+Critters
    10. http://www.shopzilla.com/9L--Spoiled_Girl_-_cat_id--5215__prod_id--1127362
    11. http://www.vsojaz.com/laura.htm
    12. http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-CD:-CARLY-SIMON---SIMON,CARLY_W0QQitemZ350018730801QQcmdZViewItem?IMSfp=TL080125139a630
    13. http://www.answers.com/topic/hotcakes-carly-simon?cat=entertainment

              

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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