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Title Oral History of Bill Champlin
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, musician and raconteur Bill Champlin vividly recounts a life devoted to music, one fundamentally shaped by his experience growing up in Mill Valley. Born across the bay in Oakland in 1947, Bill moved with his mother and two sisters to Mill Valley when he was 12 years old. Rock n' roll and R&B were sweeping through Marin in the 1960s, and Bill describes his total immersion in the local music scene, even while still a student at Tam High, and in the broader context of the Vietnam War and the racial tensions of the time. Bill recalls many of the great musicians he has known and played with over the years; the development of his major band, the Sons of Champlin, which he started in the late 1960s; and his life as a songwriter in Los Angeles in the 1970s, a period of great creativity during which he received two Grammys. Throughout the oral history Bill evokes the adventure and camaraderie of the artistic life and the nourishment it received from the cultural synergy he encountered as a teenager in Marin County.
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Dates of Creation 2015-06-15
Narrator's name Champlin, Bill
Interviewer Schwartz, Debra
Extent and Medium Transcript: 29pp
Recording: 01:18:08
Search Terms Allair, John
Arnsmeyer, Ron
Brymer, Bruce
Cain, Tim
Champlin, Will
Cippollina, John
Deal, Charlie
Ferguson, Dean
Foster, David
Fourman, Adam
Greenwood, Bob
High school students
Kelly, Charlie
Kustom Keys
Moitoza, Rob
Opposite Six
Race relations
Regalia, Steve
Rock & roll bands
Rock bands
Royal Keys
Sons of Champlin
Tamalpais High School
The Chord Lords
The Ramrods
Object ID 2016.014.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2015. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.