This Day In Music 21.05.2016
Bill Champlin was born in Oakland, California on May 21, 1947 to a musical family. His grandparents, mother and sisters have all been singers.
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.
The Sons’ first album, 'Loosen Up Naturally', was released in 1969, followed by six more albums before they broke up in 1977.
After the breakup of the Sons, Bill moved to Los Angeles and worked as a session lead and background vocalist on numerous recordings from 1977-1985. In 1978 he released 'Single', his first solo album. In 1979 he won his first Grammy award for co-writing “After the Love is Gone”, which was later recorded by Earth, Wind & Fire.
Bill Champlin – After the Love is Gone
In 1981 he won another Grammy for co-writing 'Turn Your Love Around' for George Benson, and released his second solo album that year, 'Runaway'.
Bill Champlin - Turn your love around (Live 1993)
In 1982 he joined Chicago to record Chicago 16. “Bill’s exactly what we’ve been looking for,” said Chicago’s Robert Lamm.
In 1990 Bill released the critically acclaimed 'No Wasted Moments'. Next came four solo albums. After 28 years with Chicago, Bill parted ways with the classic jazz/rock band to focus once again on his solo career.
Chicago the Band – Bill Champlin sing Saturday in the Park (live 1994)