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DiedJune 26, 2015, Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California, United States


Chris Thompson is an English musician, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. He has also worked as a solo artist and session musician.

Born in London, England, Thompson began playing guitar at an early age. He began his professional career as a member of the folk rock band Fairport Convention in 1969. He left the band in 1971 to join Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, with whom he achieved commercial success in the 1970s and 1980s.

As a solo artist, Thompson has released eight studio albums, the most recent being 2019’s Out of the Darkness. His solo work has been praised by critics and he has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America.

Thompson has been married twice and has four children. He currently resides in England.

Early Life

Chris Thompson was born in London, England on 4 October 1949. His father was a jazz musician and his mother was a singer. He has two older sisters.

Thompson began playing guitar at the age of eight. He was influenced by British Invasion bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. He also developed an interest in American folk music and blues.

Thompson attended secondary school in London. He left school at the age of 17 to pursue a career in music.

Career

Thompson began his professional career as a member of the folk rock band Fairport Convention in 1969. He played guitar and sang backing vocals on the band’s albums What We Did on Our Holidays (1969) and Unhalfbricking (1969). He also appeared on the live album Fairport Live (1970).

Thompson left Fairport Convention in 1971 to join Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. With the Earth Band, he achieved commercial success in the 1970s and 1980s with hits such as “Blinded by the Light” (1977), “Davy’s on the Road Again” (1978), and “For You” (1981).

As a solo artist, Thompson has released eight studio albums, the most recent being 2019’s Out of the Darkness. His solo work has been praised by critics and he has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America.

Thompson has also worked as a session musician, appearing on albums by artists such as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, and Joe Cocker.

Personal Life

Thompson has been married twice and has four children. His first marriage was to American singer Bonnie Raitt from 1983 to 1991. His second marriage is to English singer Julie Matthews, with whom he has two children.

Thompson currently resides in England.

General Info

DiedJune 26, 2015, Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.73 m
Weight88 kg
ProfessionAmerican football player
NationalityEnglish

Accomplishments

Music GroupsManfred Mann's Earth Band, Night, Boothill Foot Tappers, Blinded by the Light, Davy's on the Road Again, If You Remember Me, Bergen, Norway, Omaha, NE, United States
TV ShowsShake It Up, Ladies Man, The Naked Truth, Bosom Buddies, Action, Hard Knocks, Hounds

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Movies

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Emerald City2017TV Series producer - 10 episodes
The Terror2017TV Series co-executive producer - 2016-2017
The Bastard Executioner2015TV Series producer - 1 episode
Strike Back2013-2015TV Series producer - 14 episodes
Knifeman2014TV Movie line producer
The Fear2012TV Mini-Series line producer - 4 episodes
Titanic2012TV Mini-Series producer - 4 episodes
Eric & Ernie2011TV Movie line producer
Little Crackers2010TV Series producer - 1 episode
Blood: The Last Vampire2009line producer
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency2009TV Series supervising line producer - 1 episode
I Could Never Be Your Woman2007line producer
The Girl in the Café2005TV Movie line producer
Sahara2005line producer: UK
Love Actually2003line producer
Buffalo Soldiers2001co-producer
Jason and the Argonauts2000TV Mini-Series line producer - 2 episodes
Don Quixote2000TV Movie line producer
A Christmas Carol1999TV Movie line producer
Alice in Wonderland1999TV Movie line producer
Merlin1998TV Mini-Series line producer - 3 episodes
The Odyssey1997TV Series line producer - 2 episodes
Roseanna's Grave1997line producer
Gulliver's Travels1996TV Mini-Series associate producer - 2 episodes
The Infiltrator1995TV Movie associate producer
Carrington1995associate producer
Before the Rain1994line producer
Wuthering Heights1992associate producer
Robin Hood1991associate producer
A Kiss Before Dying1991associate producer

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pascali's Island1988second assistant director
A World Apart1988second assistant director
Full Metal Jacket1987second assistant director - as Christopher Thompson
Brazil1985second assistant director
A Private Function1984second assistant director
Cal1984assistant director - as Christopher Thompson
Gorky Park1983third assistant director
R.H.I.N.O.; Really Here in Name Only1983TV Movie second assistant director
Flying Into the Wind1983TV Movie second assistant director
Birth of a Nation1983TV Movie third assistant director
Walter & June1983TV Movie third assistant director
The Lords of Discipline1983third assistant director
Walter1982TV Movie third assistant director
Made in Britain1982TV Movie assistant director
Time Bandits1981third assistant director

Production Manager

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Angels & Demons2009unit production manager: UK
Second Best1994production supervisor
Sharpe's Eagle1993TV Movie production manager: Portugal
Sharpe's Rifles1993TV Movie production manager: Portugal
Erik the Viking1989production manager

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Velvet Glove1977TV Series 1 episode
Play for Today1976TV Series 1 episode
Centre Play1976TV Series 2 episodes

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding MiniseriesMerlin (1998)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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