Jim ‘The Rocket’ Durkin is the founder and leader of Memories Music.
Jim grew up surrounded with the sounds of beautiful music. He was always a music lover, playing in school bands from as far back as the 1960s through High School. Unlike most young teens, Jim preferred to listen to music on the radio rather than television. He attended as many music performances, by various artists, as possible.
Jim would often attended the Richard Nadar concerts in the Meadowlands watching and listening to the great music we all listened to growing up. He and his friends and family would meet up with Murray Weinstock, a professional musician, go backstage, and meet the big name performers of the time such as The Late Great Johnny Maestro, Mel Carter, Lou Christie and the Spaniels. Jim would gather with good friends Murray and Angel Rissoff, another professional musician, and share their love of music.
Jim is a Past President of the New Jersey Police Honor Legion. As such, he was the organizer of the Annual President’s Ball. True to his roots, his chosen theme for his first outing was ‘The Paterson Guy’. Held at the Brownstone in Paterson with none other than Paterson’s own Bob Miranda and the Happenings as the headliners. The second year, he served as President, he booked the famous Charlie Thomas and the Drifters heading the bill. On both occasions, good buds, Murray and Angel along with fellow musicians, were the opening act.
Jim and members of his group, Memories Music, got into the act sharing the stage with these great musicians for a few songs. An opportunity that grew out of working hard with GREAT people and sharing an overwhelming love of music with each other.
Jim has played & recorded with Bo Diddley, Mick Taylor, Sam & Dave, Ben E. King, Ronnie Wood, Ronnie Spector, and the Temptations.
Jim’s working relationship with Bo Diddley began in 1982 and spanned over a 10 year period. The Diddley Years brought Jim to stages in Australia, Greexe, Italy, Japan, and New Zeladn. In 1986 Bo teamed up with Ronnie Wood (of the Rolling Stones), and toured the world as “The Gunslingers” with the Jim Satten Band, in 1987 a live album “Live at the Ritz” was recorded at the Ritz Theater in New York.
A tribute concert to John Lee Hooker at Madison Square Garden in 1990 was another highlight of the Diddley years, It was here that Jim performed with the Legends Mick Fleetwood, Albert Collins and Al Kooper.
The year 2000 brought about the inception of Intermix Studios, an in-house digital recording facility where Jim offers his services as a producer, arranger, engineer, and guitarist. Clients have included featured music from the NBC sitcom, “Sister’s”, HANES, Mercedes-Benz and the Nickelodeon Network.
It's WMTR’s 65th Anniversary and we’re celebrating with a SOCK HOP!
Join WMTR on Friday, November 1st at The Birchwood
Manor in Whippany for our 65th Anniversary Sock Hop!
WMTR’s own Bob “T-Bone” Williams will be spinning GREAT classic
oldies and there will be live music from Memories.
Tickets are just $50 (includes dinner) and available for purchase
at WMTR studios: 55 Horsehill Road in Cedar Knolls
(CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE!)
You can also purchase tickets via Credit Card by calling
WMTR's Promotions Director Scott at 973-538-1250 x 1355.
Join WMTR for a night of Classic Oldies and great memories at our
65th Anniversary Sock Hop, November 1st at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany.
T-Bone. Williams on WMTR radio.
Memories Music annoucement on WMTR radio.