Jim’s early work with Blossom Toes, Family, Linda Lewis, Cat Stevens and Cockney Rebel eventually lead him to join the new band started by Rod Stewart, after the break-up of The Faces.
Jim stayed for 18 years as his band-leader, co-writer and co-producer. Together they wrote such songs as Tonight I’m Yours, Forever Young, Passion and most recently Brighton Beach from Rod’s Number 1 album “Time“.
Jim has 3 ASCAP awards for outstanding songwriting.
In the mid nineties Jim returned to writing and producing, with credits ranging from Willie Nelson and Kid Rock, to The Gypsy Kings and Joe Cocker, among many, many others.
Jim toured and played on Katie Melua’s first two albums – both reaching number 1. He has received over 50 gold & platinum records to date, and his guitar solo on Cockney Rebel’s Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile) still sounds alright!
In 2011 Jim started Creative Music Management and Cocomack Records while developing new artist Charlie Hole. www.charliehole.com
In 2012, just to keep rocking, Jim started his own band “Cregan & Co.” with Ben Mills on vocals, Sam Tanner on Keys, Harry James on Drums and Pat Davey on Bass.
This band has featured in Kenney Jones’ Hurtwood Park Polo Club Prostate Cancer Charity Concerts, playing with The Who, Jeff Beck, Midge Ure, Mike Rutherford, Paul Carrick, Steve Harley and many other great artists. Sam Tanner (Cregan & Co. keys) was asked to join Rod and the Faces for their first performance in 40 years.
Bringing things full circle, in Sept. 2015 Jim joined Rod on stage for the first time in 21 years at the BBC’s Concert in Hyde Park to play his memorable guitar solo in “I Was Only Joking” before an audience of 55,000 people.
Rod sings with Cregan & Co for prostate cancer charity.
left to right: Rod, Kenzo Cregan, Ronnie and Jim after the bash.
In 2019, Kenney Jones, Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart, the last remaining members of the Faces, asked Jim to organise a concert. It took place at Wentworth Golf Club infront of 400 lunatics. Cregan & Co joined the Faces on stage along with Kenzo Cregan and rocked the joint.
Stars Cars Guitars
During the Covd-19 lockdown, Alex Dyke asked Jim to join with him and Tony Hadley for a series of podcasts. People seemed to like it so they started a YouTube channel and are still at it!
…What a Life!