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Bill Champlin
Bill (* 1947 in Oakland, CA) is a singer, songwriter, keyboard player, and guitarist. He has been a rock journeyman in a career dating back to the 1960s. Starting in 1966, Bill was the pivotal figure in a San Francisco-based group called the Sons of Champlin that existed and made records off and on for over a decade without gaining a great deal of notice. In 1981, Champlin became a member of Chicago, with whom he has recorded and toured ever since, while releasing the occasional solo album, sometimes only in Japan. He scored two singles chart entries in 1982 with "Tonight Tonight" and "Sara", duetted with Patti LaBelle on "The Last Unbroken Heart" from the soundtrack to the TV series Miami Vice in 1987, and sang with Brenda Russell on jazz saxophonist Tom Scott’s Keep This Love Alive album in 1991.
by William Ruhlmann
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A Day In The Life
Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records 64494-90512-2

Thom Rotella, guitar, synthesizer
Tom Saviano, tenor sax, synthesizer
Nick Lane, horn
Steve Madaio, horn, trumpet
Bill Churchville, trumpet
Bill Champlin, organ
Brad Cole, keyboards
Chris Rhyne, synthesizer
Jim Studer, keyboards, synthesizer
Vail Johnson, bass
Stan Sargeant, bass
Randy Tico, bass
Tony Moore, drums
Land Richards, drums
Tom Walsh, drums
Michael Fisher, percussion
Arno Lucas, percussion
Jazz Outside The Box
Creatchy Records CR-023
recorded at various locations in the USA
David Garfield, piano, synthesizer, Wurlitzer
Marty Ehrlich, soprano sax, alto sax, alto flute
Larry Klimas, tenor sax
Pete Christlieb, sax
Eric Marienthal, sax
Bennie Maupin, sax, bass clarinet
Tom Scott, sax
Steve Tavaglione, sax
Nick Lane, trombone
Francisco Torres, trombone
Wayne Bergeron, trumpet
Randy Brecker, trumpet, flugelhorn
Chuck Findley, trumpet
Dan Fornero, trumpet
Walt Fowler, trumpet, flugelhorn
Wallace Roney, trumpet
Larry Coryell, guitar
Denny Dias, guitar
Diego Figueiredo, guitar
James Harrah, guitar
Marvin Horne, guitar
Michael Landau, guitar
Chuck Loeb, guitar
Oz Noy, guitar
Dean Parks, guitar, bass
Tony Pulizzi, guitar
Steve Skyes, guitar
Michael Thompson, guitar
Brian Auger, organ
Bill Champlin, organ, vocals
Mike Finnigan, organ
Terry Trotter, piano
Emil Richards, vibes
string section
Chuck Berghofer, bass
Jimmy Earl, bass
Jimmy Johnson, bass
Darryl Jones, bass
Carfitos Del Puerto, bass
Will Lee, bass, vocals
Jason Scheff, bass, vocals
Leland Sklar, bass
Neil Stubenhaus, bass
Curt Bisquera, drums
Jimmy Branly, drums, percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta, drums
John Densmore, drums
Steve Ferrone, drums
Robert Greenidge, steel drums
Steve Jordan, drums
Joe Porcaro, drums
Bennie Rogers III, drums
Vince Wilburn jr., drums
Lenny Castro, percussion
Luis Conte, guiro
Joey de Leon, percussion
Richie Gajate Garcia, cajón, percussion
Airto Moreira, percussion
Walfredo Reyes, guiro
Kevin Ricard, percussion
Poncho Sanchez, congas
Richard Tokatz, congas, shaker
Carmen Grillo, vocals
Bruce Harnada, vocals
Michael McDonald, vocals
Leslie Smith, vocals
Robbie Wyckoff, vocals
Vox Outside The Box
Creatchy Records CR-026
recorded at various locations in the USA
David Garfield, Fender Rhodes, organ, synthesizer, Wurlitzer
Brandon Fields, alto sax, baritone sax
David Sanborn, alto sax
Larry Williams, tenor sax, synthesizer
Michael Lington, sax
Carlos Sosa, sax
Jim Stevens, sax
Steve Tavaglione, sax
Raúl Vallejo, trombone
Paul Armstrong, trumpet
Chuck Findley, trumpet
Gary Grant, trumpet
Andy Bassford, guitar
Johnny J. Blair, guitar
Doug Bossi, guitar, vocals
Mason Brent, guitar
Dan Dugmore, pedal steel guitar
Diego Figueiredo, guitar
Paul Franklin, pedal steel guitar
James Harrah, guitar
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Randy Jacobs, guitar
Michael Landau, guitar
Tony Maiden, guitar
Mike Miller, guitar
Tim Pierce, guitar
Tony Pulizzi, guitar
Isaiah Sharkey, guitar
Michael Thompson, guitar
Bill Champlin, organ, vocals
David Delhomme, organ
Mike Finnigan, organ, vocals
Greg Phillinganes, clavinet
Benmont Tench, organ
string section
Alex Al, bass
Chuck Berghofer, bass
Jimmy Earl, bass
Andrew Ford, bass
Jimmy Johnson, bass
Will Lee, bass, vocals
Felix Nunez, bass
John Pena, bass
Sam Porcaro, bass
Carlitos Del Puerto, bass
Jason Scheff, bass, vocals
Jimmie Lee Sloas, bass
"Ready" Freddie Washington, bass
Gregg Bissonette, drums
Vinnie Colaiuta, drums
Chase Porcaro Duddy, drums
Steve Ferrone, drums, timbales
Shannon Forrest, drums, percussion
Jim Keltner, drums
Abe Laboriel jr., drums, vocals
Joe Porcaro, drums
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, drums
Walfredo de los Reyes, drums, percussion, vocals
John "J.R." Robinson, drums
Oscar Seaton jr., drums
Chad Wackerman, drums
Lenny Castro, percussion
Daniel de los Reyes, congas, vocals
Walfredo de los Reyes, guiro, timbales
Kevin Ricard, percussion
Chris Trujillo, percussion
Bruce Bentley, vocals
Carmen Grillo, vocals
Bruce Hamada, vocals
Kenya Hathaway, vocals
Ari Hest, vocals
Amy Keys, vocals
Alex Ligertwood, vocals
Michael McDonald, vocals
Gussie Miller, vocals
Amanda Jo Nagle, vocals
Jeff Paris, vocals
San Miguel Perez, vocals
David Philip, vocals
Lilliana De Los Reyes, vocals
Kamar De Los Reyes, vocals
Smokey Robinson, vocals
Leslie Smith, vocals
Robbie Wyckoff, vocals

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