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Bill Champlin

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“He’s known the world over as the soulful singer/keyboardist of the iconic jazz-pop band Chicago. His featured spots on the hits “Look Away” and “Hard Habit to Break” are among his mainstream highlights. But Bill Champlin’s defining work with the Sons of Champlin and as a songwriter put him on the musical map long before he arrived in Chicago. Bill and the Sons were blowing the doors off venues back in the ’70s - and they returned to doing the same in the late ’90s and into the present.”
— Greg Rule, Keyboard Magazine

Bill Champlin was born in Oakland, California on May 21, 1947 to a musical family. His grandparents, mother and sisters have all been singers. Bill is married to Tamara Champlin, a singer/songwriter in her own right, and is the father of three children. His youngest, Will Champlin, is building a name for himself as a prolific songwriter with a distinct sound.

Champlin’s musical career began in 1961 when he formed a band called the Opposite Six. A year later he began writing music. After forming the Sons of Champlin in 1967 he focused his songwriting talents on producing material for the Sons. “They were breathing fire. They were the most talented of all the San Francisco bands”, said Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. The Sons’ first album, “Loosen Up Naturally”, was released in 1969, followed by six more albums before they broke up in 1977. Many of these have been re-released as CD’s and are currently available for purchase.

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    Monster!!

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  • dardar227

    He was really a great addition to Chicago, although I really enjoy his solo work just as much.

    23 Aug 2010 Reply
  • SkyHits

    If Brian Wilsons Smile project was worth waiting 4 Then this one "No Place Left To Fall" is like your first Beatles record that you played over and over until the next one would come! = The very best and solid record or CD of this century!

    15 Sep 2009 Reply
  • ramiroreguerin

    entiendo que fue integrante de la banda Chicago, por lo tanto sus canciones son muy similares

    3 Jul 2009 Reply
  • SkyHits

    One of my favorit musicians for the last 20 years or so

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
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    30 Sep 2008 Reply

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