Wow, this is a long journey & far cry from making your first bass guitar out of a plank of wood with the late great Roy Barber in the woodwork lessons at Rollinsons isn't it Chris. Gigging in the old Sheffield pubs along with Tommy Eyre, Gerry Scanlan, Roy Barber etc.
STAINTON started out in 1959 with his plank bass guitar!
From 1960's Vance Arnold and The Avengers to Joe Cocker's Big Blues (Vernon Nash piano and Dave Memmott drums, plus Dave Green bass and Dave Cooper guitar) to Joe Cocker & The Grease Band formed in 1966 Joe Cocker (vocals), Chris Stainton (bass), Frank Myles (guitar), Vernon Nash (keyboards), Dave Memmott (drums), Their work was based on R&B and Motown stuff. In '67 they started writing their own songs. Their first single was 'Marjorine / The New Age of the Lily', released in April 1968, but it was recorded by Cocker and Stainton with great session men such as Albert Lee, Jimmy Page and Clem Cattini.
Chris and Joe assembled new line-up in April 1968, including keyboard prodigy Tommy Eyre: Joe Cocker (vocals), Mickey Gee (guitar), Chris Stainton (bass) Tommy Eyre (keyboards), Tommy Reilly (drums). In '68 Gee and Reilly left and were replaced by Henry McCullough (guitar) and Kenny Slade (drums) This was the lineup that recorded Joe Cocker's first album, the worldwide famous With a little help from my friends, although many other musicians were used in it. The complete lineup only appears in 1 song, a very beautiful rendition of 'Don't let me be misunderstood'. Some other great musicians in the album: Jimmy Page, Albert Lee, David Cohen (guitar), Carol Kaye (bass), Artie Butler, the great Matthew Fisher, Steve Winwood (keyboards), Paul Humphries, the much-missed B.J. Wilson, Clem Cattini, Mike Kellie (drums), Merry Clayton, Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Madeline Bell, Sunny Weetman, Rosetta Hightower (backing vocals). Chris plays in all tracks but one, also co-writing three of songs: 'Change in Louise', 'Marjorine' and the magnificent 'Sandpaper cadillac'. A classic album.
In 1969 they appeared at the legendary WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL!! 1969 saw more band changes - Chris Stainton had replaced Tommy on keyboards, Bruce Rowlands had replaced Kenny on drums, and Alan Spenner had taken on the bass.
[below ] Chris
Stainton, Tommy Eyre, Joe Cocker, Kenny Slade and Henry McCullough.
Joe Cocker & The Grease Band 1968
Mad Dogs & Englishmen 1970 American Tour. [what
a line up.]
[below] Chris Stainton's feet, photo taken by Denny Cordell on the Mad Dogs tour!
Through the 70s
he played in -
Chris Stainton - Keyboards, Keith Ellis - Bass, Ollie Halsall - Guitar,
Keyboard, Tony Newman - Drums, Mike Patto - Vocals,
he joined Eric Clapton's band.They
recorded a live album in Tokyo, December 1979. The double album was
called Just one night.[classic albim]
FOR GEORGE [what an honour]
now performs with Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Joe Cocker,
and sessions with other top artists and bands.
SESSIONS WITH FORMER/CURRENT BANDMATES
The Grease Band
Maddy Prior - vocalist
in Steeleye Span.
Druick And Lorange
Alvin Lee Band
The Grease Band
BB King - Here and There: the Uncollected (2001)
What a career Chris.
I created this page on May 1st 2004 in memory of our mutual friend the late Roy Barber, who sadly passed away on May 1st 2000. What a gentle, but fun loving man and amazing guitarist. R.I.P. Actually Roy we hope you are a reelin' and a rockin' with all the other greats up there!!
Many thanks to Miguel Terol and John Ferminger for much of the information