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Chris Bell

Biography

Chris Bell was among the unsung heroes of American pop music. Despite a lifestyle proclaimed by tragedy along with a profession crippled by industrial indifference, the vocalist/songwriter’s slender body of documented work demonstrated massively influential in the years of indie rockers who surfaced in his wake. Delivered January 12, 1951 in Memphis, Tennessee, Bell was raised enveloped with the city’s indigenous spirit noises — typified with the prodigious result from the Stax label — but his first like was the music from the Uk Invasion. Inspired with the Beatles, he used your guitar in his early teenagers. Within a couple of years, Bell was composing and executing his own music with close friends Richard Rosebrough and Terry Manning, but his Anglo-pop leanings established him squarely beyond the Memphis musical community. In senior high school, Bell struck up a camaraderie with another youthful performer called Alex Chilton who sometimes jammed with Bell’s music group but rejected an invitation to become listed on on the full-time basis. While Chilton shortly rose to popularity because the frontman from the Package Tops, Bell became a fixture at Memphis’ famed Ardent Studios, where he worked well like a part-time documenting engineer and in addition cut his first tunes. While attending university, he roomed with previous senior high school friend Andy Hummel, with whom Bell ultimately came back to Memphis to create a new music group with drummer Jody Stephens and, afterwards, Chilton, who acquired grown frustrated along with his function in the Container Tops and give up. Jointly, the four music artists comprised the energy pop music group Big Superstar. Their debut record, 1972’s #1 Record, ultimately earned mythic position as an underground traditional, but, sabotaged by poor distribution, was considered a commercial failing during discharge. Crushed, Bell became suicidal and still left the music group, although he do contribute his abilities to a small number of tracks in the follow-up, Radio Town. While Bell continuing focusing on music, his despair worsened; to greatly help revitalize his profession, his sibling David led him to France’s Chateau D’Herouville studios, in which a batch of demos had been cut for a well planned record. After skipping to London, the Bell brothers blended the music with Geoff Emerick, the engineer in the Beatles’ last albums, at manufacturer George Martin’s Surroundings Studios. The finished tracks had been roundly rejected, nevertheless, and Bell came back to Memphis, where he trim some more tunes with Big Star’s Stephens and regional musician Ken Woodley in 1974. He eventually returned to European countries and played single displays in folk night clubs; after plans for any Big Celebrity reunion tour dropped through, Bell came back towards the U.S. and fallen from music, going for a administration placement in his family’s junk food string. In 1977, nevertheless, the tiny NY label Car released a remarkable solitary, “I Am the Cosmos” supported with “You as well as your Sister,” which Bell was backed by Chilton; the record was well-received, and spurred him to create a new music group. But within the morning of Dec 27, 1978, his speeding car strike a tree and he was wiped out instantly. During the period of the following 10 years, the famous stature of Big Celebrity continued to develop exponentially, and lastly, Bell’s long-unreleased demos had been collected beneath the name I Am the Cosmos and released to wide acclaim in 1992.

Quick Facts


Full Name Chris Bell
Died December 27, 1978, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Profession Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Nationality American
Parents Sheldon Bell, Rosemary Bell
Siblings Mark Bell, Mike Bell
Music Groups Big Star, Rock City
Music Songs You and Your Sister, I Am the Cosmos, Better Save Yourself, Though I Know She Lies, Speed of Sound, Fight at the Table, There Was a Light, Look Up, Looking Forward, I Got Kinda Lost, Psychedelic Stuff, Make a Scene, My Life Is Right, Clacton Rag, In My Darkest Hour, Blaze Away March, I Don't Know, Get Away, Stay With Me, Sunshine, Garden of Zen, Working People, My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice, Lost Love, Radetsky March, Londonderry Air, Meditation from Thais, Elizabethan Serenade, To A Wild Rose, Pomp & Circumstance March No 1, God's World, Ravel's Bolero
Albums I Am the Cosmos, Reflections, Plays Popular Classics, Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star, The Annointed Testimony
Movies Bigger, Stronger, Faster*, Prescription Thugs, Trophy Kids, The Curse Of Robert, Billy Jones


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#Fact
1 Son of Rosemary Bell and Sheldon Bell.
2 Brother of Mark Bell and Mike Bell.
3 Attended University of Southern California's film school.


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Billy Jones 2000 Short
Stronger 2017/III Documentary filming
Prescription Thugs 2015 Documentary
Trophy Kids 2013 Documentary
Bigger Stronger Faster* 2008 Documentary

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trophy Kids 2013 Documentary
Bigger Stronger Faster* 2008 Documentary written by - as Christopher Bell
Billy Jones 2000 Short
WWE Raw 1993 TV Series 2003

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stronger 2017/III Documentary producer filming
Prescription Thugs 2015 Documentary producer
The Resurrection of Jake the Snake 2015 Documentary executive producer
Trophy Kids 2013 Documentary producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Billy Jones 2000 Short Dirtdawg Announcer

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bigger Stronger Faster* 2008 Documentary additional camera operator - as Christopher Bell

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Night Grub 2004 Short

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
At What Cost? Anatomy of Professional Wrestling 2014 Documentary completed Chris Bell
Ric's Corner 2014 TV Mini-Series Himself - Guest Speaker
Pursuit of the Truth 2013 TV Series Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Bigger Stronger Faster* 2008 Documentary Himself - Host
Festival Updates 2008 TV Series Himself (2008)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 Special Mention Karlovy Vary Fresh Films Fest Documentary Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)
2008 Best Documentary - Special Mention Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Over 30 Minutes Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 Cinema Eye Honors Award Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)
2008 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival Documentary Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)
2008 Best Documentary Warsaw International Film Festival Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)


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