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Bill Champlin


Singer/songwriter/keyboard participant/guitarist Costs Champlin is a rock and roll journeyman within a profession dating back again to the 1960s. Beginning in 1966, Champlin was the pivotal shape in a San Francisco-based group known as the Sons of Champlin that been around and made information on / off for over ten years without gaining significant amounts of see. In 1981, Champlin joined up with Chicago, with whom he provides documented and toured since, while launching the casual solo album, occasionally just in Japan. He have scored two singles graph entries in 1982 with “Tonight Tonight” and “Sara,” duetted with Patti LaBelle on “THE FINAL Unbroken Center” through the soundtrack to it series Miami Vice in 1987, and sang with Brenda Russell on jazz saxophonist Tom Scott’s Maintain This Like Alive record in 1991.

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Full Name Bill Champlin
Profession Singer, Guitarist, Keyboard Player
Nationality American
Spouse Tamara Champlin
Children Will Champlin
Awards Grammy Award for Best R&B Song
Music Groups Chicago, Sons of Champlin
Music Songs Hard to Say I'm Sorry, You’re the Inspiration, Will You Still Love Me?, Look Away, Hard Habit to Break, I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love, Turn Your Love Around, Love Me Tomorrow, Stay The Night, You Come to My Senses, Along Comes a Woman, What Kind Of Man Would I Be?, If She Would Have Been Faithful, The Last Unbroken Heart, Tonight Tonight, We Can Last Forever, Gotta Get Back to Love, One Little Candle, Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon, You're Not Alone, Here in My Heart, Remember the Feeling, All Roads Lead to You, Chasin' the Wind, Please Hold On, Heart In Pieces, I Believe, Niagara Falls, Love Will Come Back, Just to Be Loved, Explain It to My Heart, Devil at the Wheel
Albums Runaway, Chicago 17, Chicago 16, Chicago XXX, Chicago 18, Chicago XXV: The Christmas Album, Chicago 19, Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus, Chicago XXVI: Live in Concert, Love Songs, The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition, The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning, Chicago Live in Concert, Take Me Back to Chicago, The Heart of Chicago 1967–1997, The Box, Greatest Hits 1982–1989, Burn Down The Night, He Started to Sing, No Place Left to Fall, 25 Or 6 To 4, Live!, Through It All, MAYDAY
Nominations Grammy Award for Song of the Year
Movies Apology, Sons of Champlin: Secret, Bill Champlin: In Concert: Ohne Filter
TV Shows The Celebrity Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills

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1 In addition to touring with Earth Wind & Fire, Champlin and Chicago have recently finished recording "Chicago XXX," tentatively set for release in the spring of 2006. Champlin fans may take heart in Lamm's description of the album as a "Jason/Bill" project. [September 2005]
2 On tour with Chicago in support of "Chicago XXX"; he is also on a break from The Sons of Champlin, though it is reported that he hopes to get back into the studio with them soon. [June 2006]
3 Friends with the Italian producer-arranger-composer-singer-actor Manuel De Peppe.
4 He and Chicago were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6438 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
5 Oldest son Brad was born in the mid-1960s when Champlin was in his late teens; as the only married man when the Sons of Champlin started, Bill was reportedly the most serious about making his career work.
6 In 1981, he became a member of Chicago, with whom he has recorded and toured ever since, while releasing the occasional solo album.
7 Leader of the band "Sons of Champlin".
8 He is the soulful voice who sings the theme to the Carol O'Conner TV Cop show "In the Heat of the Night" (1988)
9 He played as an auto transportation attendant in the music video "Stay The Night" by Chicago.

Music Department

Music Department

Sins of the Midnight Sons composer: additional music pre-production
Buddy: Tech Detective 2015 TV Movie singer: theme music
The John Kerwin Show 2014 TV Series musician - 1 episode
In the Heat of the Night 1988-1995 TV Series performer - 100 episodes
Apology 1986 TV Movie composer: theme music



American Ultra 2015 performer: "One More Day"
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 writer: "After The Love Has Gone" - as William Champlin
Justified TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gag 2006 Video performer: "Bleed"
Solkongen 2005 lyrics: "Double Sugar Kiss"
Cold Case 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shining Stars: The Official Story of Earth, Wind, & Fire 2001 Video writer: "After The Love Is Gone"
Safe 1995 writer: "Turn Your Love Around"
Nightmare Cafe 1992 TV Series performer: "Born Under a Bad Sign"
Days of Thunder 1990 producer: "Hearts in Trouble" / writer: "Hearts in Trouble"
Sing 1989 performer: "Somethin' to Believe In"
Caddyshack II 1988 writer: "Heart of Glass"
In the Heat of the Night 1988 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Miami Vice TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1986 writer - 1 episode, 1986
Apology 1986 TV Movie performer: "Alone In The Night title song"
WKRP in Cincinnati 1979 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Top of the Pops 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode



The Celebrity Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills 2016 TV Series Himself
The Voice 2013 TV Series Himself
The Early Show 2009 TV Series Himself
The Chris Isaak Hour 2009 TV Series Himself - Keyboards, Vocals
Live by Request: Chicago 2002 TV Special Performer
Schmidteinander 1994 TV Series Himself
Chicago in Concert at the Greek Theatre 1993 TV Special Himself - Keyboards and Vocals
The Alan Thicke Show 1981 TV Series Himself

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Archive Footage

Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago 2016 Documentary Himself

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1 When I joined [Chicago], Kenny Loggins called me and said 'Man, what are you doing?' He said, 'Those guys are over.'
2 Right after Terry [Kath] died, I got a call for that gig. And I went, 'I'm not that guitar player. I play guitar, but man, one solo and I'm done. I don't have that kind of depth.' What they really needed was somebody with a voice. I misunderstood what the call was. Otherwise, I'd have thought about it then.

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