Chris Stainton

Christopher Stainton ( born March 22, 1944 in Woodseats, Sheffield, England ) is a British musician and songwriter, who was initially active as a bass guitarist, later mainly as keyboard player in various bands. He was for many years the companion of Joe Cocker, with whom he " Marjorine " wrote among other things the first hit.


Stainton began his career in 1959 as a bass player in the UK band Johnny Storm and the Mariners, who later changed their name to Johnny Tempest & the Cadillacs. From 1966 he was a member of Joe Cocker & the Grease Band. He wrote several songs with Cocker, among other things, he was co -author of the song " Marjorine ", the Stainton and Cocker recordings with studio musicians ( including Albert Lee and Jimmy Page ) and the 1968 was published under Cocker's name as a single; with a listing number 48 of the top 50 was " Marjorine " Cocker's first hit in the British charts. In the same year, she recorded the album With a Little Help from My Friends on; next to " Marjorine " Stainton wore it in as a songwriter on two other songs. With songs including some from the repertoire of this and the following LP "Joe Cocker " came Cocker and the Grease Band on August 17, 1969 as the first Act of the third day on at the Woodstock Festival.

From 1970, the Grease Band members devoted themselves not only this one project, but all played at the same time for different musicians or bands. So belonged Stainton 1970 lineup of Spooky Tooth; but in the same year, he was still active with Cocker on the Mad Dogs and Englishmen - tour and the album of the same name. In 1972, Chris Stainton Band from the Grease Band. In 1974, he starred in Glen Turner's Tundra, which he also shared with Chris Kimsey, produced, and in 1975 again with the newly formed Grease Band. He then played for the band Boxer, Bryn Haworth and Maddy Prior From 1979 he was a regular member of Eric Clapton's band, toured together with Clapton and Roger Waters; From 1989 he played in addition also again with Joe Cocker. On November 29, 2002, he was one of the musicians at the Concert for George, the concert for the year before late George Harrison.

Since then, he regularly tours with Clapton, Bill Wyman 's Rhythm Cocker or Kings.

Discography (excerpt)

Albums where Stainton was involved as a musician

  • 2011: Play The Blues