Chris Thompson (English musician)
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Chris Thompson, 2010.
9 March 1948 |
|Genres||Rock, Progressive rock|
|Labels||Ultraphone, Ariola, Atlantic|
|Associated acts||Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Chris Thompson, also known as Chris Hamlet Thompson (born Christopher Hamlet Thompson; born 9 March 1948) is an English singer and guitarist known both for his work with Manfred Mann's Earth Band and for his solo accomplishments.
Thompson was born in Ashford, Kent, England, but raised in New Zealand. His early musical experiences were whilst still at school with the band The Paragons that played at weekly church youth club dances. Later, as his talent became clear, the band was reformed as Dynasty with other musicians and achieved much local success on the New Zealand music scene. Chris Thompson's last band in New Zealand was Mandrake, formed with university friends who played the Friday and Saturday night dances in and around Hamilton City. Chris was one of pop music's "nice guys" and was respected as an excellent guitarist and stage performer.
In 1978, he was featured in Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, providing lead vocals for the song "Thunder Child".
After several years with Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Thompson left in 1979 and formed the Los Angeles based outfit Night, which enjoyed two hits during its lifetime. One of them, "If You Remember Me," the theme song for Franco Zeffirelli's remake of The Champ, was initially credited solely to Thompson; later pressings of the single were credited to "Chris Thompson and Night." (But this source gives lyric credit to Carole Bayer Sager for "If You Remember Me," and the music credit to Marvin Hamlisch.) After the band broke up in 1982, he rejoined the Earth Band.
In 1980, he co-wrote and sang backing vocals on the track "No Stoppin' Us Now" with Patrick Simmons and Michael McDonald, on the Doobie Brothers' album One Step Closer. In 1983 he contributed vocals to Simmons' solo album Arcade as well as co-writing several of the tracks.
In 1981, Thompson released his debut album, Out Of The Night. This was followed by five more albums, most recently Won't Lie Down in 2001.
In 1986, Chris was one of the four co-writers of the hit song "You're the Voice" - the others being Andy Qunta of Australian new wave outfit Icehouse, erstwhile Procol Harum lyricist Keith Reid and respected backing vocalist Maggie Ryder. He hoped to record the song in London but was turned down by record companies there who stated the song was "not commercial." Chris sent a demo to John Farnham (another Antipodean-raised Englishman) who had recently come off a five-year stint fronting the Little River Band. Farnham liked the song and agreed to record it for his forthcoming album, Whispering Jack. Farnham's release of "You're the Voice" was a worldwide hit, reaching top ten positions in many countries across the world.
Also in 1986, Thompson sang vocals on a solo album by ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. The album featured performances by artists such as Brian May (Queen), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), Ian Mosley (also from Marillion), and Bonnie Tyler. However, the album, entitled Feedback 86, was not released until 2002.
In spite of his already busy schedule in 1986, Thompson still found the time to return to Manfred Mann for their new album, Criminal Tango, in addition to putting out some solo material. He recorded the song "It's Not Over" for the soundtrack to the film Playing for Keeps, and this track was also featured (with a slightly longer fade-out) on his new solo album, High Cost of Living, released later the same year. The following year, "It's Not Over" would be re-recorded by Starship, becoming a top-ten hit for the group.
In 1995, Chris performed "You're The Voice" in The Netherlands at the World Liberty Concert as the grand finale of this event.
In 2006 and 2007, he joined Jeff Wayne for a second time to tour as The Voice of Humanity in the live version of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds. According to the special features of the DVD Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - Live on Stage, Chris designed some artwork for the show.
Thompson has been featured on several albums by artists such as Alan Parsons, Jan Hammer, Steve Hackett, Bonnie Tyler, Mike Oldfield, and Sarah Brightman, as well as providing back up vocals for the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, and later for Brian May of Queen, during his first few solo concerts, in South America in 1992.
As a songwriter, his greatest success has been co-writing the abovementioned "You're the Voice."
Thompson has also been involved with the SAS band (Spike's All Star Band) where he has performed numerous songs, especially from his repertoire with Manfred Mann's Earth Band, such as "Blinded By the Light".
With Manfred Mann's Earth Band 
- The Roaring Silence (1976)
- Watch (1978)
- Angel Station (1979)
- Chance (1980)
- Somewhere in Afrika (1982)
- Budapest Live (1983)
- Criminal Tango (1986)
- Soft Vengeance (1996)
- Mann Alive (1998)
- 2006 (2004)
- If You Remember Me (1979)
- Out Of The Night (1983)
- Radio Voices (1985)
- High Cost Of Living (1986)
- Beat Of Love (1989)
- Backtrack 1980-1994 (1999)
- Won't Lie Down (2001)
- Rediscovery (2004)
- Timeline (2005)
- Chris Thompson & Band - One Hot Night in the Cold (Live at the Private Music Club) (2006)
- Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me (2012)
With Filthy McNasty (before becoming Night) 
- A Week At The Bridge E16 (1978)
With Jeff Wayne 
With Elton John 
- A Single Man (1978)
With Night 
- Night (1979)
- Long Distance (1981)
With The Doobie Brothers 
- One Step Closer (1980)
With Trevor Rabin 
- Wolf (1981)
With Hazel O'Connor 
- Push and Shove (1985) with Chris Thompson
With John Parr 
- Running the Endless Mile (1986)
With Jan Hammer 
- Seeds of Life (1986)
With John Farnham 
With Robbie Nevil 
With Starship 
- Love Among the Cannibals (1989)
With Peter Maffay 
- Tabaluga and the Magic Jadestone (1988)
With Robin Trower 
- Take What You Need (1989)
With Gary Moore 
- After the War (1989)
With Mike Oldfield 
- Earth Moving (1989)
With Alan Parsons 
- Try Anything Once (1993)
- Live (1994)
- Excalibur featuring Michael Ernst (2003)
With Bonnie Tyler 
- Free Spirit (1996)
With SAS Band 
- SAS Band (1997)
- The Show (2001)
With Steelhouse Lane 
- Metallic Blue (1998)
- Slaves of New World (1999)
With Steve Hackett 
- Feedback 86 (2000)
With Mads Eriksen 
- Redhanded (2001)
- Rediscovery (2004)
- Berlin Live & The Aschffenburg Remains Live At The Colos-Saal (2012)
With Leslie Mándoki 
- Soulmates (2002)
- Jazz Cuts (2003)
- Allstars, "Legends of Rock" (2004)
With Lava 
- Polarity (2003)
With Michael Ernst 
- Excalibur (2003)
With Siggi Schwarz & The Rock Legends 
- Live (2005)
- Woodstock (2005)
- Soul Classics (2007)
With Rudi Buttas 
- On My Side (2006)
With Sarah Brightman 
- "How Can Heaven Love Me" (1995)
- "I Will Be with You (Where the Lost Ones Go)" (Pokémon 10: The Rise of Darkrai) (2007)
- "The Phantom of the Opera" (Symphony: Live in Vienna) (2008)
With Nicole 
- Mitten Ins Herz (2008)
With Lindy Bingham 
- Make Me an Offer (2009)
- Kinsler, Robert. "Chris Thompson: The little-known singer-songwriter has a voice familiar to many". Retrieved 29 April 2012.
- "Biography". Chris Thompson Central.
- "Manfred Mann Members Past and Present from Greg Russo's book Mannerisms: The Five Phases of Manfred Mann". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- "Night - Night".
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- Baillie, Russel (May 12, 2007). "Invading a Brave New World". Retrieved 29 April 2012.
- "Bridge House Albums".
- "Your picks: What's the best NZ song ever written?". The New Zealand Herald. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
- "Expat Kiwi's Rediscovery". The New Zealand Herald. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
- Chris Thompson's official site
- Chris Thompson page at the AMG website
- August 2006 Chris Thompson interview at Classic Rock Revisited