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Multi-instrumentalist Chris Stainton is a main presence around the English music scene since joining Joe Cocker’s backing group, the Grease Band, in 1966. Although he wasn’t an integral part of the traditional lineup from the free-standing edition of this group, his longtime association with Cocker through the latter’s primary years produced him quite definitely popular as a new player, mainly on keyboards but additionally around the bass. He was created Christopher Stainton in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Britain in 1944, and went to Rowlinson Technical College in Sheffield. He started playing bass in the past due ’50s, in the beginning with an organization known as Johnny Tempest & the Mariners, who later on evolved in to the Cadillacs. From then on apprenticeship, he chanced to mix paths having a child years friend, John Robert Cocker, who was simply by then going after a profession in rock and roll & move as Joe Cocker, and looking for a new support group. Stainton became the anchor of this band, contributing like a songwriter in tandem with Cocker in addition to playing the bass. The group experienced many transitions between 1966 and 1969, along the way growing from a jazz-oriented sound to even more of a difficult R&B sound, and Stainton relinquished the bassist place to Alan Spenner (past due of Wynder K. Frog) and switched to keyboards. The producing “traditional” edition of Joe Cocker’s Grease Music group impressed critics and viewers nearly just as much as the vocalist do, and Stainton was area of the lineup that toured the U.S. in 1969 and performed a renowned arranged at Woodstock that August, which includes since been released in its entirety. When Cocker forgotten the Grease Music group, due to personal and administration considerations, Stainton continued to be with him and was area of the famous Mad Canines & Englishmen tour, memorialized in content, on the triple-LP recording, and in a documentary film. By that point, nevertheless, he’d also founded himself as a high program musician, and experienced made an appearance on albums and singles by Spooky Teeth, the Who, Leon Russell, et al., furthermore to rejoining the Grease Music group in the middle-’70s and operating his personal group, the Chris Stainton Music group. His documenting and performance function since, mainly on keyboards but sometimes offering his bass function and acoustic guitar playing, offers crossed the musical range, from Maddy Ahead of Esther Phillips, B.B. Ruler, Bryan Ferry, and Expenses Wyman’s Tempo Kings. Stainton’s most noticeable 21st hundred years work, furthermore to Wyman’s group, in addition has included concert looks with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood. Although he isn’t as occupied in the brand new hundred years as he is at the aged, Stainton’s function, for a lot of top 20th hundred years artists within their primary years, has produced him a ubiquitous existence on several best-of, greatest-hits, and anthology compilations connected with English rock and roll (and, to a smaller degree, blues) lately.

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Full Name Chris Stainton
Profession Songwriter, Bassist, Keyboard Player, Session musician
Nationality English
Music Groups The Grease Band, Spooky Tooth, Boxer
Albums Absolutely, Bloodletting, The Last Puff, Music For Movies & TV, Tundra
Movies Live in Hyde Park, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood: Live from Madison Square Garden

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Straight Outta Compton 2015 writer: "California Love"
Parks and Recreation 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
That Music Show 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star 2011 writer: "California Love"
Battle Los Angeles 2011 writer: "California Love"
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Marmaduke 2010 writer: "California Love"
Iron Man 2 2010 writer: "California Love" Single Version
Valentine's Day 2010/I writer: "California Love"
UFC 59: Reality Check 2006 TV Special writer: "California Love" - uncredited
Sunday Driver 2005 Documentary writer: "California Love"
Underclassman 2005 writer: "California Love Original Version"
Eric Clapton: Sessions for Robert J 2004 Video documentary performer: "Kind Hearted Woman", "They're Red Hot", "Hell Hound on My Trail", "Sweet Home Chicago", "When You Got a Good Friend", "Milk Cow's Calf Blues", "If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day", "Stop Breaking Down", "Little Queen of Spades", "Traveling Riverside Blues"
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Video Game writer: "Woman to Woman" - as Christopher Robert Stainton
High Chaparall 2004 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Soul Music Festival: Part IV 1998 TV Movie writer: "California Love" - uncredited
Tommy 1975 performer: "1951/What About the Boy", "There's A Doctor", "Tommy Can You Hear Me", "We're Not Gonna Take It", "Listening to You/See Me, Feel Me" - uncredited
Mad Dogs & Englishmen 1971 Documentary writer: "Change in Louise"

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Eric Clapton: Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2015 musician: keyboards
Concert for George 2003 Video documentary musician: keyboard
The Van 1996 musician: organ, Eric Clapton's band / musician: piano, Eric Clapton's band
Tommy 1975 musician



Eric Clapton: Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2015 Himself
Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues: Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center 2011 Video Himself
Great Performances 2009 TV Series Himself
Eric Clapton: Sessions for Robert J 2004 Video documentary Himself - Piano
Joe Cocker in Concert 2001 Video Himself
Eric Clapton: Live in Hyde Park 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself - Keyboards
Joe Cocker: Have a Little Faith 1996 Video documentary Himself
Water 1985 Himself - The Singing Rebels' Band
Mad Dogs & Englishmen 1971 Documentary Himself
Playboy After Dark 1970 TV Series Singer

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