Andy Chapin

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Andy Chapin
Born(1951-02-07)February 7, 1951
Chicopee, Massachusetts
United States
DiedDecember 31, 1985(1985-12-31) (aged 34)
De Kalb, Texas
United States
GenresHard rock
Rock and roll
Years active1975–1985
Associated actsSteppenwolf
The Association
Ricky Nelson

Andy Chapin (February 7, 1951 – December 31, 1985) was an American keyboardist best known for his short stint with the Ricky Nelson Band, which ended in 1985 when he and his bandmates died after their plane crashed on New Year's Eve in De Kalb, Texas while en route to a performance in Dallas, Texas. Prior to joining Ricky Nelson, Chapin had been a member of The Association and before that of Steppenwolf, with whom he'd recorded Hour of the Wolf in 1975,[1] the band's first album recorded without founding keyboardist Goldy McJohn. The official explanation for his departure from Steppenwolf was that he didn't like touring. He was replaced by Wayne Cook.


  1. ^ Talevski, Nick. (2006). Knocking on Heaven's Door: Rock Obituaries. Omnibus Press. p. 77. ISBN 1846090911.

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