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Bill Champlin
As you know, Bill Champlin is one of lead singers of the famous rock group "Chicago" since 1982. Champlin started his musical career as the lead singer of the group named "The Sons of Champlin" which had released seven albums from 1969 to 1977. Then, Bill release his first solo album titled "Single" distributed by Epic in 1978 and 2nd solo album titled "Runaway" distributed by Elektra followed in 1981. Keeping his carrier as the active member of "Chicago" over the decades , Bill restarted to release his solo works in Japan and also European Countries from 1990 . You can see his solo works released under his own name "Bill Champlin" as listed as below.
 
Please be advised that the below-mentioned Bill Champlin solo works are only the limited part of his solo activity, that is to say, not including his lead-vocal sessions on other artists' albums such as Jay Graydon's "Airplay For The Planet" as he did so in late 70's and 80's.
Bill appears as the guest vocalist on quite many albums. And Bill sometimes performs a member of the special project such as Westcoast All Stars, a cappella project with Jason Scheff, Joseph Williams and Bobby Kimball. Moreover, he sings quite a large number of backing vocal sessions here and there.....
 
 
One more thing, Bill reformed the legendary "Sons Of Champlin" in late 90's and started to perform live sometime. Those live materials has been released and further in 2005 " Hip Li'l Dreams", the brand-new full studio recording album, are released. What a man Bill Champlin is!!
 
 
  • SINGLE

    • Original Label: Full Moon / Epic Records, USA (JE-35367)
    • Original Release Year: 1978
    • Reissued CD Release: 1st reissue: June 1, 1991 (Sony Music, Japan <ESCA 5300>), 2nd reissue: September 19, 2002 (Sony Music, Japan <EICP 7064>), 2005 remastered reissue: July 20, 2005 (Sony Music Direct, Japan <MHCP 763>)
    • Producer: David Foster
    • Bill Champlin: Lead & Background Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars
    • Musicians:
      • Background Vocal: Bobby Kimball, Michael McDonald, Daryl Hall
      • Drums: Jeff Porcaro, Larry Tolbot
      • Bass: David Hungate
      • Guitars: Ray Parker Jr., Jay Graydon, Steve Lukather
      • Keyboard: David Paich, Steve Porcaro, David Foster
      • Horns: Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Oscar Brashear, Larry Williams
      • Percussion: Paulinho da Costa

Bill Champlin / Single (1978)

  • Tracks
    1. Total Control
    2. Tuggin' On Your Sleeve
    3. The Truth
    4. No Place Let To Fall
    5. Lover Like That
    6. Lookin' For You
    7. Never Been Afraid
    8. Angelina
    9. Look Away
    10. I Want You To Stay
    11. Never Let Go
    12. Stone Cold Hollywood
    13. All Along

 


 

  • RUNAWAY

    • Label: Elektra Entertainment /Asylum, USA <5 E 563>
    • Original Release Year: 1981
    • Reissued CD Release: April 25, 1990 (Warner Pioneer, Japan <WPCP-3451>)
    • Producer: David Foster, Kenny Loggins
    • Bill Champlin: Lead & Background Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Strings Arrangement
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: John Robinson, Ed Greene, Larry Tolbert
      • Bass: John Pierce, Abraham Laboriel. Lee Sklar
      • Guitars: Steve Lukather, Jay Graydon
      • Keyboards: David Foster
      • Percussion: Paul Lani, Humberto Gatica
      • Sax: Gary Herbig, Tom Scott, Larry Williams
      • Flugelhorn: Jerry Hey
      • Trumpet: Jerry Hey, Gray Grant, Chuck Finley
      • Horn Arrangement: Jerry Hey
      • Concertmaster: Harry Bluestone
      • Strings Arrangement: David Foster, James Newton Howard
      • Background Vocals: Tom Kelly, Richard Page, David Foster, Vennette Gloud, Kenny Loggins, Tamara Champlin, Carmen Grillo

Bill Champlin / No Place Left To Fall

  • Tracks
    1. Runaway
    2. One Way Ticket
    3. Sara
    4. Tonight Tonight
    5. Runaway Reprise
    6. Take It Uptown
    7. Satisfaction
    8. Stop Knockin' On My Door
    9. Gotta Geet Back To Love
    10. Without You
    11. The Fool Is All Alone

 


 

  • NO WASTED MOMENTS

    • Label : Elektra Entertainment / Warner-Pioneer, Japan <WPCP-3645>
    • Release Date: August 25, 1990
    • Producers: Joey Carbone and himself
    • Bill Champlin: Lead & Background Vocals, Keyboards, Tambourine
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: Kevin Dukes, John Goux
      • Drums: Carlos Vega
      • Bass: Dennis Belfield
      • Keyboard: Joey Carbone, Gordo Goodwin
      • Background Vocals: Tamara Champlin, Carmen Twillie, Jason Scheff, Bobby Caldwell
      • Trumpet: Rick Baptist, Bill Armstrong
      • Sax: Danny Pelfrey, Dan Higgins, Greg Smith
      • Flugelhorn: Lee Loughnane
      • Flute: Walt Parazaider

No Wasted Moments

  • Tracks :
    1. Lovers Tonight
    2. No Wasted Moments
    3. Sticky Situation
    4. Before You Go
    5. The City

 


 

  • BURN DOWN THE NIGHT

    • Label : Emotion / Bandai Visual Co., Japan <BCCA-22> / Beverly Records, Germany <CD-02> / Turnip The Music Group <48330 7 2>
    • Release Date: May 21, 1992 (Japan) / 2004 (Germany)
    • 2008 remaster reissue: November 18, 2008 (Victor Entertainment. Japan <VICP-64547>)
    • Producers: Greg Mathieson and himself
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: Bruce Gaitsch, Steve Lukather, Terry Haggerty
      • Drums: Tris Imboden
      • Bass: George Hawkins, Abraham Laboriel
      • Keyboard: Greg Mathieson
      • Synth Programming: Casey Young, Dennis Matkosky
      • Percussion: Luis Conte
      • Sax: Danny Pelfrey, Tom Scott
      • Trumpet: Bill Churchville
      • Background Vocals: Tamara Champlin, Carmen Twillie, Mona Lisa Young, Joseph Williams

Burn Down The Night

US Version
German Version
US version
German version

2008 Japanese Reissue Version

The Order of tracks is changed. 2008 reissue starts from the song "Highest Stakes" and 2 bonus tracks; "Forein Fire" and "Love Will Take You" originally included on 2004 Greg Mathieson's album "West Coast Groove" are added.

08JP^Reissue

  • Tracks :
    1. In Love Too Young
    2. 1st And Last
    3. Fly By The Light
    4. Highest Stakes
    5. The Thunder
    6. For Less Than A Song
    7. Headed For The Top
    8. When Loves Come Around
    9. Still Worth Saving
    10. Same Old Song

 


 

  • THROUGH IT ALL

    • Label : Polystar, Japan <PSCW-5080> / Beverly Records, Germany <CD-07> / Turnip The Music Group, USA (48330 11 2) / Westcoast Records, Sweden <WEST-CD2>
    • Release Date: October 24, 1994 (Japan)
    • Producers: Greg Mathieson, Bruce Gaitsch, Dennis Matkosky and himself
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: Bruce Gaitsch
      • Bass: Abraham Laboriel
      • Keyboard: Gardner Cole, Greg Mathieson, Dennis Matkosky
      • Synth Programming: Casey Young, Mike Murphy, Kiki Ebsen
      • Percussion: Luis Conte
      • Sax: Tom Saviano
      • Horns: Dave Koz, Lee Thornberg, Rick Baptiste, Danny Pelfrey
      • Background Vocals: Tamara Champlin

Through It All

2008 Japanese Reissue Version
08JP^Reissue
  • Tracks
    1. I Must Have Been A Fool
    2. Turn Your Love
    3. Just To Be Loved
    4. Proud Of Our Blindness
    5. Come On In
    6. Sound Of The Rain
    7. Through It All
    8. In The Heat Of The Night
    9. Little Sister
    10. Light Up The Candles

 


 

  • HE STARTED TO SING

    • Label : Polystar, Japan <PSCW-5341> / Beverly Records, Germany <CD-12> / Turnip The Music Group, USA <TTM0017> /
    • Release Date: November 25, 1995 (Japan)
    • Producer: himself
    • Bill Champlin: Lead & Background Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: Bruce Gaitsch, Jerry Lopez
      • Drums: Billy Ward
      • Bass: Abraham Laboriel, George Hawkins
      • Keyboard: Greg Mathieson
      • Keyboard and Background Vocals: Janey Clewer
      • Trumpets: Gary Grant, Steve Madaio
      • Sax: Tom Saviano (Alto), Dave Boruff (Tenor), Brandon Fields (Baritone)
      • Background Vocals: Tamara Champlin, Tracy Gable, Jason Scheff

Bill Champlin / He Started To Sing

US Version
German Version
German version

2008 Japanese Reissue Version
08JP^Reissue

  • Tracks
    1. He Started To Sing
    2. Love Is Gonna Find You
    3. It's About Time
    4. Party Time In D.C.
    5. Love Comes And Go
    6. Sex Thang
    7. Southern Serenade
    8. One Love at A Time
    9. God Sent Angels
    10. Someone Else

 


 

  • MAYDAY

    • Label : Champlin Records, USA <CR001> / Polystar, Japan <PSCR-5580>
    • Release Date: December 27, 1996 (USA) / February 26, 1997 (Japan)
    • Producer: himself
    • Bill Champlin: Lead & Background Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars and Vocals: Jerry Lopez
      • Drums: Eddie Garcia
      • Bass and Vocals: Rochon Westmoreland
      • Keyboard: Greg Mathieson
      • Sax: Tom Saviano
      • Background Vocals: Tamara Champlin

 

2008 Japanese Reissue Version
08JP^Reissue

 

 

Mayday

Japanese Version
Japanese version

 

  • Tracks
    1. Party Time In D.C.
    2. Lovers Tonight (lead vocal: Jerry Lopez)
    3. Take It Uptown
    4. Southern Serenade
    5. Backstreets Of Paradise (lead vocal: Tamara Champlin)
    6. Organ Solo / In The Heat Of The Night
    7. Headed For The Top
    8. Another Day / Song For My Grandfather
    9. After The Love Is Gone
    10. First And Last
    11. Bass Solo
    12. Gold Mine
    13. Drum Solo
    14. Satisfaction

 


 

  • NO PLACE LEFT TO FALL

    • Label: DreamMakers,USA (Japan: Victor Entertainment <VIZP68>, Europe: Zink Music, Sweden <ZMCD-007>)
    • Release Date: [Download] September 23, 2008, [CD] November 5, 2008 (Japan), December 10, 2008 (Sweden)
    • Producers: Mark Eddinger and himself
    • Bill Champlin: Lead & Background Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars
    • Musicians:
      • Drums, Percussion: Billy Ward
      • Bass: George Hawkins Jr.
      • Guitars: Bruce Gaitsch, Steve Lukather, Keith Howland
      • Keyboards: Mark Eddinger, Will Champlin
      • Trumpets: Danny Falcone, Gil Kaupp
      • Trombone: Nathan Tanouye
      • Sax: Phil Wigfall, Robert Mader, Jerry Merra
      • Guest Lead Vocals : Tamara Champlin, Will Champlin, Jerry Lpoez
      • Background Vocals: Tamara Champlin, George Hawkins Jr., Angelo Petrucci, Veronica Petrucci, Isabeau Miller, Dennis Matkosky, Leslie Matkosky, Keith Landry, Beth Hooker,Will Champlin, Peter Cetera, Michael English

Bill Champlin / No Place Left To Fall

  • Tracks
    1. Total Control
    2. Tuggin' On Your Sleeve
    3. The Truth
    4. No Place Let To Fall
    5. Lover Like That
    6. Lookin' For You
    7. Never Been Afraid
    8. Angelina
    9. Look Away
    10. I Want You To Stay
    11. Never Let Go
    12. Stone Cold Hollywood
    13. All Along

 


 

 




 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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