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Stainton in 2009
|Also known as||Chris Stainton|
22 March 1944 |
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
|Occupation(s)||Session musician, songwriter|
|Instruments||Piano, keyboards, bass|
|Associated acts||Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, The Grease Band, Spooky Tooth, Eric Clapton, Boxer, The Who, Jim Capaldi, Ian Hunter, Elkie Brooks, Bryn Haworth, Maddy Prior, Roger Waters, B.B. King, Jimmy Smith , David Gilmour, The Alarm, Bryan Ferry|
Christopher Robert "Chris" Stainton (born 22 March 1944, Woodseats, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England) is an English session musician, keyboard player and songwriter, who first gained recognition with Joe Cocker in the late 1960s. In addition to his collaboration with Cocker, Stainton is best known for his work with Eric Clapton, The Who, Andy Fairweather Low and Bryan Ferry.
After passing his 11+ examination, Stainton attended Rowlinson Technical School, Norton, Sheffield. Stainton's musical career began in 1960, when he played bass guitar with a local Sheffield band, 'Johnny Tempest and the Mariners'. The Mariners became 'The Cadillacs', before Stainton joined Joe Cocker in The Grease Band during 1966. Stainton co-wrote "Marjorine", Cocker's first UK Singles Chart hit in 1968. Chris played bass guitar on Joe Cocker's subsequent number 1 hit "With a Little Help From My Friends".
His time as a Cocker backing musician came to a zenith on the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, in the United States and Canada in 1970. His initial involvement with Cocker lasted until the end of 1972. Throughout that decade Chris Stainton appeared with musicians such as Spooky Tooth (1970), The Chris Stainton Band (1972–73), Tundra (1974), Bryn Haworth Band (1976–77), Boxer (1977), Maddy Prior Band (1978), Rocks (1978) and Elkie Brooks (1978).
By 1979 he teamed up with Eric Clapton for the first time, beginning an intermittent working relationship that has lasted to the present time. He joined Clapton on Roger Waters's The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking tour during 1984, and also toured again with Joe Cocker on and off from 1988 until 2000.
Chris Stainton has been a member of the Eric Clapton band virtually full-time since 2002, touring worldwide almost every year until the present time. He toured with Clapton on his 2008 North American and European tour, which included a three-night collaboration with Steve Winwood at Madison Square Garden in February 2008, and toured with Winwood and Clapton in 2009 and 2010.
In July 2012, Chris was announced as a keyboardist for The Who's 2012–2013 Quadrophenia & More Tour (he played piano on three songs on the original Quadrophenia album, "The Dirty Jobs", "5.15", and "Drowned"). He performed with the band at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. However, he subsequently withdrew prior to the start of the tour, to join Clapton on his tour of the US and Europe, that ultimately ended at O2 Arena Prage on 19 June 2013.
Chris toured with Clapton in Japan, the Middle East and Europe in 2014. On 11 September 2015 Chris Stainton was honoured and performed with the Tedeschi Trucks Band in a tribute/reunion concert for Joe Cocker, at the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, Virginia. The concert honored Joe and the Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour. Alumni included from the 1970 Tour included Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Claudia Lennear, Bobby Jones, Pamela Polland, Matthew Moore, Daniel Moore, Chuck Blackwell and Bobby Torres and original Tour photographer Linda Wolf. Wolf's iconic photographs from the 1970 Tour introduced the concert to the audience. A documentary movie of the reunion and concert to be released in 2016, directed by Jojo Pennebaker, son of D.A. Pennebaker and Jesse Lauter.
Chris currently lives in Camberley, Surrey, with his wife of 45 years, Gail.
Chris is a Pro Tools aficionado and spends a lot of time composing and recording music in his home studio.
Samples of Chris's music, some featuring Gail, can be found here
- Spooky Tooth
- The Last Puff (1970, Island)
- The Best of Spooky Tooth (1970, Island) (compilation album)
- Leon Russell
- Don Nix
- Living By the Days (1971, Elektra)
- Joe Cocker
- The Who
- Bryn Haworth
- Jim Capaldi
- Whale Meat Again (1974, Island)
- The Grease Band
- Amazing Grease (1975, Goodear)
- Ian Hunter
- All-American Alien Boy (1976, CBS)
- Once Bitten Twice Shy (2000)
- Maddy Prior
- Changing Winds (1978, Chrysalis)
- Momento: the Best of Maddy Prior (1995)
- Stephen Bishop
- Red Cab to Manhattan (1980, Warner)
- Eric Clapton
- Marianne Faithfull
- Dangerous Acquaintances (1981, Island)
- A Perfect Stranger: The Island Anthology (1998)
- Alvin Lee Band
- RX5 (1981, Avatar)
- Gary Brooker
- Lead Me to the Water (1982, Mercury)
- Pete Townshend
- All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes (1982, Atlantic)
- Ringo Starr
- Simon Townshend (the younger brother of Pete Townshend)
- Sweet Sound (1983 and 1984, Polydor)
- Bryan Ferry
- Taxi (1993)
- B. B. King
- Deuces Wild (1997, MCA)
- Here and There: the Uncollected B. B. King (2001)
- Eros Ramazzotti
- Eros Live (1998)
- The Alarm
- Best of the Alarm & Mike Peters (1998)
- Eye of the Hurricane (expanded) (2002)
- Jimmy Smith
- Dot Com Blues (2001)
- David Gilmour
- On an Island (2006)
- Andy Fairweather Low
- The Very Best of Andy Fairweather Low (2008)
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