First Wednesday: Bill Champlin: Mill Valley Music & Then Some!
Wednesday, November 4th |7:30pm
Join us for a wonderful evening of history, stories and music with Bill Champlin. Singer, guitarist, keyboard player, arranger, producer, songwriter and Mill Valley native Bill Champlin will talk about his early days growing up in Mill Valley and the local roots that contributed to his musical development.
The Opposite Six, Champlin’s first band, was founded during his time at Tamalpais High School and included other Mill Valley natives who later had musical careers of their own. Bill’s second band – The Sons of Champlin – along with other local bands of the time – placed the Bay Area in the forefront of the rock and roll scene in the late 1960s. After 28 years with the band Chicago, Champlin parted ways to focus once again on his solo career.
Bill has performed with many top artists including Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Elton John, Boz Scaggs, Donna Summer, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Jimmy Smith, Amy Grant, Neil Diamond and Kenny Rogers. In 1978 he released “Single”, his first solo album. In 1979 he won his first Grammy award for co-writing “After the Love is Gone”, which was later recorded by Earth, Wind & Fire.
Over the expanse of a long successful career Champlin has written or sung over 400 songs and has been the recipient of several music awards including two Grammies. Nonetheless, Bill says his most cherished award is his Millie, given to him by the city of Mill Valley in 2010.
Registration recommended. Click here to register. (If registration for this event is full, you will not be able to register. Registration may re-open as cancellations occur, or feel free to stop by the night of the event. We will accommodate non-registered patrons as space is available. )