Chas Chandler
Bryan James "Chas" Chandler (18 December 1938 — 17 July 1996) was an English
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A musician is an artist who plays a musical instrument. It may or may not be the person's profession. Musicians can be classified by their roles in performing music and writing music.Also....* A person who makes music a profession....

, record producer
Record producer
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 and manager
Talent manager
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 of several successful music acts.

Born at 35 Second Avenue, Heaton
Heaton, Newcastle
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, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he began his career playing bass guitar
Bass guitar
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 in a trio with Alan Price
Alan Price
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. After vocalist Eric Burdon
Eric Burdon
Eric Victor Burdon is an English singer-songwriter best known as a founding member and vocalist of rock band The Animals, and the funk rock band War and for his aggressive stage performance...

 joined them the group was renamed The Animals
The Animals
The Animals were an English music group of the 1960s formed in Newcastle upon Tyne during the early part of the decade, and later relocated to London...

 and became one of the most successful R&B
Rhythm and blues
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Band (music)
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 ever. Chandler's best knowns bass lines are the opening riffs of their 1965 hits
Hit single
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 "We Gotta Get Out of This Place
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" and "It's My Life". Chandler was also the most prominent of the group's backing vocalist
Backing vocalist
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s and did occasional songwriting with Burdon.

After the group split up in late 1966, Chandler became manager
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 of Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter...

, bringing him to England and recruiting other musicians to form The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
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. He also produced their first two albums, and was instrumental in introducing Hendrix to Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
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. It was through this introduction that Hendrix got a chance to play with Clapton and Cream
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 on stage.

Chandler then went on to manage and produce the English rock band
Rock Band
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Slade are an English rock band from Wolverhampton, who rose to prominence during the glam rock era of the early 1970s. With 17 consecutive Top 20 hits and six number ones, the British Hit Singles & Albums names them as the most successful British group of the 1970s based on sales of singles...

 for twelve years, during which time they achieved 7 number one chart hits in the U.K. During this time, Chandler bought IBC Studios
IBC Studios
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 which he renamed Portland Recording Studios, after the address of 35 Portland Place, London
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 and ran it for four years till he sold it to Don Arden
Don Arden
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. Chandler also ran a series of record labels from the studios including Barn Records and Six of the Best, and formed a music publishing agency and management and production companies. In 1977 Chandler played with, and recorded, The Animals during a brief reunion, and joined them again for a further revival in 1983, at which point he sold his business interests and became a musician again.

During the early 1990s he helped develop Newcastle Arena, a ten-thousand seat sports and entertainment venue that opened in 1995.

Chandler had one son, Steffan, from his first marriage
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. He later married Madeleine Stringer, the 1977 Miss United Kingdom and the sixth runner-up at Miss World 1977
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, and they had a son, Alex, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Katherine, together.

Chandler died of a heart condition at Newcastle General Hospital, on 17th July 1996, days after performing his final solo show.

Chandler's former home in Heaton is to be remembered with a black plaque placed on the wall.
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