Chris Stainton

Christopher Robert "Chris" Stainton (born 22 March 1944) is an English session musician, keyboard player, bassist 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.

Christopher Stainton
Stainton in 2009
Stainton in 2009
Background information
Also known asChris Stainton
Born (1944-03-22) 22 March 1944 (age 76)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Occupation(s)Session musician, songwriter
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, bass
Years active1959–present
Associated actsJoe 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


Stainton was born in Woodseats, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. After passing his eleven-plus 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.[1] Stainton co-wrote "Marjorine", Cocker's first UK Singles Chart hit in 1968.[2] 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 & Englishmen tour, in the United States and Canada in 1970.[1] His initial involvement with Cocker lasted until the end of 1972.[3] 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 Hitch Hiking tour during 1984, and also toured again with Joe Cocker on and off from 1988 until 2000.

In 1985 Stainton and Clapton both appeared in the George Harrison-produced film Water in a mock 'charity concert' – the Concert for Cascara.[4]

In November 2002, Chris appeared at the Concert for George, and has more recently appeared as one of Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings.[5]

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 Prague 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.[6] The concert honoured 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.[7][8] 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 Stainton played on Eric Clapton's 2016 album I Still Do and subsequently joined Clapton for a brief tour of Japan in April 2016.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Stainton currently lives in Camberley, Surrey, with his wife of 45 years, Gail.[citation needed]

He is a Pro Tools aficionado and spends a lot of time composing and recording music in his home studio.[citation needed]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 210. CN 5585.
  2. ^ Roberts, David. British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). Guinness World Records Limited. p. 112.
  3. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 243. CN 5585.
  4. ^ Freedom, a song from Water
  5. ^ Musicians' Olympus. "Chris Stainton". Archived from the original on 13 September 2004. Retrieved 15 June 2004.
  6. ^ Browne, David (14 July 2015). "Inside Tedeschi Trucks Band's All-Star Joe Cocker Tribute Concert". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  7. ^ "LOCKN' Festival - The Mad Dogs & Englishmen set at Lockn'..." Facebook. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Player". Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2016.

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