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|Birth name||Bryan James Chandler|
18 December 1938|
Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, UK
|Died||17 July 1996
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK
|Genres||Rock, R&B, psychedelic rock|
|Occupations||Musician, producer, A&R Representative|
|Instruments||Bass, vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion|
|Associated acts||The Animals, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Soft Machine, Slade|
|Epiphone Rivoli & Gibson EB-2|
Chas Chandler was born at 35 (or 37) Second Avenue, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. After leaving school, he worked as a turner in the Tyneside shipyards. He learned to play the guitar but became the bass player when he joined the Alan Price Trio in 1962.
With the Animals 
After vocalist Eric Burdon joined them, the group was renamed the Animals and became one of the most successful R&B bands ever. Chandler's best known bass lines are the opening riffs of their 1965 hits "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" and "It's My Life". Chandler was also the most prominent of the group's backing vocalists and did occasional songwriting with Burdon.
As manager 
The Jimi Hendrix Experience 
After the group split up in late-1966, Chandler turned to becoming a talent scout, artist manager and record producer. It was during his final tour with the Animals in 1966 that Chandler saw a then unknown guitarist play in a New York nightclub. That guitarist was none other than Jimi Hendrix, who at the time was using the moniker Jimmy James. In September of that year, Chandler convinced James to go with him to Britain, which was made possible with the help of Michael Jeffries. Jeffries was the one who then suggested that he revert to using his actual name,Jimi Hendrix and was also the one who would later suggest naming the band The Jimi Hendrix Experience
In Britain, Chandler recruited bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell. Together with Hendrix, the trio formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Chandler became the band's manager and produced their first two albums. He was also instrumental in introducing Hendrix to Eric Clapton. It was through this introduction that Hendrix got the opportunity to play with Clapton and Cream on stage.
Chandler then went on to manage and produce the British rock band Slade for twelve years, during which time they achieved 6 number one chart hits in the UK. During this time, Chandler bought IBC Studios which he renamed Portland Recording Studios, after the address of 35 Portland Place, London and ran it for four years till he sold it to Don Arden. Chandler also ran a series of record labels from the studios including Barn Records and Six of the Best, and formed a music publishing agency and management and production companies.
Later life 
In 1977 Chandler played with, and recorded, the Animals during a brief reunion, and joined them again for a further revival in 1983, at which point he sold his business interests and became a musician again.
During the early 1990s he helped develop Newcastle Arena, a ten-thousand seat sports and entertainment venue that opened in 1995.
Chandler had one son, Steffan, from his first marriage. He later married Madeleine Stringer, the 1977 Miss United Kingdom and the sixth runner-up at Miss World 1977, and they had a son, Alex, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Katherine, together.