Ed Chalpin

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Ed Chalpin
Also known as Ed Chalpin, Ed Dantes
Occupation(s) talent manager, record producer, record label owner
Labels PPX, Disc-Trophy Records

Ed Chalpin is a record executive and producer. He is probably remembered for his association with Curtis Knight and the Squires which caused problems for Jimi Hendrix throughout his career. But he is also responsible for the recordings from that period which exist today, some of which appear on the You Can't Use My Name: The RSVP/PPX Sessions album.


Chalpin was pusher of cover-versions, mainly covers of Top-40 hits, released under the "Twin Hits" label. Today these would be regarded as Exploito releases.[1][2] During the 1960s and leading up to 1966, a good deal of the records that his PPX Enterprises produced were cover versions. Around 25% of his cover recordings were overseas hits. "Memphis" by Bernd Spier was released on CBS and made it to no.1 in Germany.[3]

As of 1980, Chalpin was the owner of Dimensional Sound and Echo Studios, a 24 track facility in New York.[4]



In 1962 Chalpin had signed contracts with RCA Mexicana and Gamma Records to promote his pre-recorded tapes catalogue.[5]

In 1964, "Summer In Sweden (Sabeline)" bw "Endless Sleep" by The Spotnicks. Chalpin was the producer for both tracks.[6]In 1965, he was the producer on "She Can Make Me Cry" bw "I'll Be There" by Mark Richards. The PPX Studio single was released on ABC-Paramount 45-10654.[7]

In October 1965, Jimi Hendrix was introduced to Ed Chalpin by Curtis Knight. They recorded for Chalpin and 9 days later, Chalpin had signed Hendrix to a 3 year recording contract and was given one dollar to make the contract legal.[8][9] During the 1960s and leading up to 1966, a good amount of material was recorded and gave Hendrix his first credit on a recorded release. The act of signing the contract with Chalpin would be a cause of concern for Hendrix when he found fame as he was still actually contracted to Chalpin.[10] In 1966, Billboard announced that Chalpin in partnership with Douglas "Jocko" Henderson from Philly radio station WHAT, was launching a new label called Chalco Records. The first release was to be "Suey" which featured Jayne Mansfield.[11] The recording was made at Studio 76 aka Dimensional Sound, and it featured Jimi Hendrix on the instrumental backing.[12]

1970s -[edit]

Chalpin produced the Curtis Knight solo album Down in the Village which was released in 1971 on Paramount Records PAS 5023.[13][14] Some 47 years later Dave Segal of the Portland Mercury said that the album deserved "its own damn reissue".[15] In 1971, Chalpin worked with Chubby Checker who recorded a psychedelic styled album for his production company PPX. The album was released under a variety of titles including Slow Twistin' .[16][17] In addition to the budget labels it was released on, the 10 track LP also was released on London Records in 1971.[18] In 2007 a CD of the album was released on the Underground Masters label. It was given the title, Chubby Checker Goes Psychedelic!!. In addition to crediting Chalpin as the producer, it included an extra track called "The Ballad of Jimi".[19] "The Ballad of Jimi" was also a track on an earlier Chalpin production, the Jimi Hendrix & Curtis Knight album, Get That Feeling.[20]

It was announced in the May 12, 1973 edition of Billboard that Chalpin was now the manager of singer Jimmy Cliff and had signed deals with Warner Brothers, and EMI.[21]


  1. ^ The Green Left Weekly, Saturday, September 11, 2010 - The machine that killed Hendrix David T. Rowlands
  2. ^ Night of the Living Vinyl, Wednesday, 6 April 2011 - Exploito # 7 - The German Connection
  3. ^ Billboard, October 1, 1966 - Page 8 Chalpin Eyes U.S. Market With Launching of Chalco
  4. ^ Billboard, July 18, 1980 - Pages 50 & 53 ED CHALPIN'S VIEW, Varied Fare Key To Rink Survival By Paul Grein
  5. ^ Billboard, November 22, 1962 - Page 32 Mexico, TV Choir on RCA Christmas LP BY OTTO MAYER-SERRA
  6. ^ 45Cat - Record Details, Artist: The Spotnicks, Catalogue: Catalogue: LR 3260 / LR-3260
  7. ^ Discogs - Ed Chalpin Discography, Production
  8. ^ Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix, By Steven Roby - III JIMI HENDRIX'S 1968 PRETRIAL EXAMINATION
  9. ^ The Green Left Weekly, Saturday, September 11, 2010 - The machine that killed Hendrix David T. Rowlands
  10. ^ New York Observer, June 13 ,2017 - Jimi Hendrix’s North Jersey Days
  11. ^ Billboard, October 1, 1966 - Page 8 Chalpin Eyes U.S. Market With Launching of Chalco
  12. ^ Jimi Hendrix: The Studio Log, By Gary Geldeart, Steve Rodham -Page 21 Late 1965 Studio 76 (aka Dimensional Sound)
  13. ^ Discogs - Curtis Knight – Down In The Village
  14. ^ Billboard, December 5, 1970 - Page 60 New Album Releases, C
  15. ^ The Portland Mercury, April 18, 2017 - "20 Essential Record Store Day 2017 Releases" by Dave Segal
  16. ^ Wn.com, May 29, 2008 - Chubby Checker - Goodbye, Victoria (1971)
  17. ^ Now Magazine, September 13, 2007 - "Perlich's Picks" by Tim Perlich
  18. ^ Discogs - Chubby Checker – Chequered, Label: London Records – SHZ 8419
  19. ^ Discogs - Chubby Checker – Chubby Checker Goes Psychedelic!!, Label: Underground Masters – UM 017
  20. ^ Discogs - Jimi Hendrix & Curtis Knight – Get That Feeling
  21. ^ Billboard, May 12, 1973 - Page 12 Talent, PPX adds Cliff