Blondie Chaplin

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Blondie Chaplin
Birth name Terrence William Chaplin
Born (1951-07-07) 7 July 1951 (age 63)
Genres Rock, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter, Producer
Years active 1968–present
Labels Brother Records, Reprise Records, Capitol Records, Columbia Records, Asylum Records, Big Karma Records
Associated acts The Beach Boys, The Flames, Rick Danko, Paul Butterfield, David Johansen, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds 20th Anniversary Celebration, The Band, Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul Junior
Fender Telecaster
Fender Jazz Bass

Terence William "Blondie" Chaplin (born 7 July 1951) is a musician from Durban, South Africa who first became known to international audiences through his stint in the early 1970s as a singer and guitarist for The Beach Boys.[1] Chaplin was also listed as a co-producer, sang lead vocals with fellow South African musician Ricky Fataar (drummer) and composed, with Fataar, "Here She Comes" and "Hold on Dear Brother" on the twenty-third official Beach Boys album, Carl and the Passions – "So Tough", released in 1972. He is known as a long-term backing vocalist, percussionist, and acoustic rhythm guitarist for the Rolling Stones on their recordings and tours over a 15-year period, starting in 1997.

Blondie Chaplin, along with drummer Ricky Fataar, joined the Beach Boys when original drummer Dennis Wilson suffered a hand injury that left him unable to play the drums for almost two years. For the Beach Boys, it was a period in which long-time member Bruce Johnston had departed the band, and one-time leader Brian Wilson's participation in the group was very limited. As a result, Chaplin and Fataar joined the Beach Boys as full-fledged members and not merely as backing musicians. Chaplin left the group in 1973 after a dispute with the Beach Boys' management; Fataar remained with the band until the following year.

Both Chaplin and Fataar were members of South African rock band The Flames before joining The Beach Boys. The Flames were discovered by Beach Boy Carl Wilson while performing in London. Wilson signed the band to the Beach Boys' Brother Records label and produced their self-titled album, The Flame (changed from Flames, to avoid confusion with the group that played with James Brown), which featured soulful rock/pop songs in the vein of The Beach Boys and Badfinger. The Flame were the only band aside from The Beach Boys to record for Brother Records.

Blondie sang lead on various Beach Boys songs from two studio albums, Carl and the Passions – "So Tough" and Holland, and plays on the live album The Beach Boys in Concert. His lead vocal on "Sail On, Sailor" from the Holland album is probably his most famous and memorable vocal as a Beach Boy.

Following his time with the Beach Boys, Blondie recorded his own self-titled album, released on Asylum Records in 1977. He also performed on Rick Danko's self-titled début album, which also featured each of Rick's former bandmates from The Band in addition to Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton, Doug Sahm, and Danko's brother, Terry. Blondie went on to tour with the David Johansen group and participated in producing Johansen's third solo album Here Comes the Night, on which Blondie played guitar and sang backing vocals and co-authored seven tracks. During the late 1980s Blondie toured with The Band, replacing some of Richard Manuel's vocals and playing guitar and, occasionally, drums. In the 1980s, Blondie also toured with a band featuring Rick Danko and Paul Butterfield, and was guitarist and vocalist, as well as contributing a tune as songwriter, on Butterfield's last studio album, The Legendary Paul Butterfield Rides Again, released in 1986. Blondie was also a featured player in former Byrds members Gene Clark and Michael Clarke's then new band, The 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Byrds, also known as the Tribute to the Byrds. Blondie appeared on the Jennifer Warnes albums Shot Through the Heart, The Hunter, and The Well.

Blondie toured with former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and performed on his live album, Stranger in This Town. Starting in 1997, with the recording and release of the Bridges to Babylon album and subsequent tour, and, for some 15 years following, Chaplin served as a backing vocalist, percussionist, and, at times, backing guitar player for The Rolling Stones, in the recording studio and on the road. The Bridges to Babylon album lists Chaplin's credits as backing vocals, tambourine, piano, bass guitar, percussion, shakers, and maracas.

Blondie is the vocalist, songwriter, and lead guitar player with Skollie, a band formed with fellow South Africans Keith Lentin on bass and Anton Fig (of The Late Night with David Letterman band) on drums. Chaplin has recorded three solo albums, most recently Between Us in 2006.

In late 2013, Blondie was featured at select shows of former Beach Boys bandmate Brian Wilson and guitarist Jeff Beck; the tour also featured former Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks. On the tour Blondie was lead vocalist on "Sail On, Sailor" and "Wild Honey." Blondie also appears on Wilson's 2015 album No Pier Pressure, on which he is the featured vocalist on the song, "Sail Away," and he then went on tour as a featured performer, along with Al Jardine, for the Brian Wilson group's summer 2015 tour, with Rodriguez as the opening act.[2]


Year Album details
1977 Blondie Chaplin
  • Released: 1977
  • Label: Asylum Records
  • Tracks: Bye Bye Babe; Can You Hear Me; Crazy Love; Woman Don't Cry; Loose Lady; Be My Love; Lonely Traveller; Riverboat Queen; Say You Need Me; For Your Love; Gimme More Rock 'N' Roll
2006 Between Us
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Big Karma Records
  • Tracks: Between Us; Heal The Rage; Hurricane; So Hard; Mother Smother; Children Of War; Love Power; Heads On Fire; Love You Till I Die; Crawl

Other albums and videos from the Blondie Chaplin catalogue:

  • The Flames – Burning Soul/Soulfire!, 1968/69
  • The Flames – The Best of The Flames, Teal Records, 1994
  • The Flame – The Flame," Brother Records, 1970
  • The Beach Boys – Carl & the Passions – So Tough, 1972
  • The Beach Boys – Holland, 1973
  • The Beach Boys – In Concert, 1973
  • David JohansenHere Comes The Night, Blue Sky Records, 1981
  • Paul Butterfield - "The Legendary Paul Butterfield Rides Again," Amherst Records, 1986
  • Skollie – Ostrich Man - PVB Records, 1992
  • Anton Fig - "In The Groove," DVD, 1994
  • Blondie Chaplin - Fragile Thread, unreleased (but in circulation), 2001
  • Rick DankoCryin' Heart Blues, 2005
  • Anton FigFigments, 2002 (with Brian Wilson singing backup vocals on “Hand on My Shoulder,” one of several songs on the album composed by Blondie with Anton)
  • Lou Pallo of Les Paul's Trio – Thank You Les / Tribute to Les Paul," CD & DVD 2012
  • Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa – Seesaw, 2013
  • Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa – Live in Amsterdam, CD & DVD, 2014
  • Brian Wilson - No Pier Pressure, 2015

Additional performances are on the following recordings: • Bonnie Raitt’s, "Nine Lives" • Ray Ohara’s "Picaresque," (released 1988 in Japan and on which Blondie was principal songwriter, guitarist, and lead vocalist on all songs) • a Keith Richards-produced project, "Wingless Angels" (featuring singers from Jamaica) • the "Charlie Watts-Jim Keltner Project" • "Two Faced," by Freida Parton (Dolly Parton’s sister) • Renee Gayer’s, "So Lucky," and her self-titled album • Elliott Murphy’s albums, "Change Will Come" and "New York / Paris" • Paul Shaffer’s "The World’s Most Dangerous Party" • The Parlor Dogs’ album, "Social Harem" • Sir Mack Rice’s album, "This What I Do" • Chris Whitley’s album, "Rocket House" • Marsha Hansen’s "My Soul Is a Witness" (a CD accompanying a book with that title) • "Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute" album • Hubert Sumlin’s "About Them Shoes"


  1. ^ Harris, Craig. "Biography: Blondie Chaplin". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Brian Wilson Plots Summer Tour With Former Beach Boys". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 

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