Jim McCarty, drummer of The Yardbirds, co-wrote some of their top hits, including "Still I'm Sad", "Shapes of Things" and "Over Under Sideways Down". He then went on to form Renaissance, and later, Illusion and Box of Frogs.
Since the 90's Jim has continued playing with the re-formed Yardbirds and has recorded three solo albums as singer-songwriter, as well as solo instrumental music under the name "Stairway".
In 2008 his co-written Yardbirds track, "He's Always There", was sampled in the Pussycat Dolls hit "When I Grow Up".
In 2009 he released his third solo album, Sitting on the Top of Time.