Michael Chapman (2)

Real Name:
Michael Robert Chapman
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English singer-songwriter and guitarist (born: 24 January 1941, Leeds, Yorkshire, England - died: 10 September 2021, Brampton, England).
A self-taught musician from an industrial southern suburb of Leeds, Chapman paid his way through art college playing in skiffle bands, strip clubs and jazz trios, plus a brief stint roadying for John Cage (“He did a recital at Leeds Art Gallery. I took him to the market to buy fish to put in his piano”). He later packed up his teaching job at Bolton College of Art, becoming a big name on the Cornwall acoustic scene. As the tale goes, one rainy night in the late 1960s he went to a pub in Cornwall, but didn’t have the money to enter. “So I said, ‘I’ll tell you what, I don’t want to stand outside in the rain; I’ll play guitar for half an hour for you,’” he once wrote. “They offered me a job for the rest of the summer and I’ve been at it ever since.”
He first appeared on the London and Cornwall folk music circuits in 1967, alongside John Martyn and Roy Harper. He recorded his debut album in 1969 for the Harvest label which released 3 subsequent albums. After the release of Wrecked Again (1971), Chapman parted with Harvest, choosing to sign to Decca’s subsidiary Deram, where he began adding electric guitar and harder rhythms to his work. Several albums were released on Deram during the early to mid 1970s including Savage Amusement (1976) produced by Memphis legend Don Nix.
The 1980s was a quieter time for Chapman. He continued to record for numerous smaller record labels, and played on the folk and club circuits. The late 1990s onwards represented a period of rebirth for Chapman. He enjoyed critical acclaim for his albums and attracted the praise of performers like Thurston Moore and Supergrass. The 2000s saw Chapman exploring his guitar player roots and releasing instrumental albums alongside his song based sets. He toured the United States in 2011. In 2016, Chapman celebrated fifty years as a professional musician.
Towards the end of his life he still played professionally and regularly toured in the UK, Europe and US. In a post to Instagram announcing the news, no cause of death was given, but it was stated that Chapman died at home (Wrytree, the old stone farmhouse on the windswept patch of the Pennines not far from Hadrian’s Wall near Brampton). “Please raise a glass or two to a gentleman, a musician, a husband, a force of nature, a legend and the most fully qualified survivor,” his family wrote.
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ESL 103 Michael Chapman (2) - Solo Guitar album art Michael Chapman (2) Solo Guitar (Album) Standard Music Library ESL 103 UK 1969 Sell This Version
SHVL 755 Michael Chapman (2) - Rainmaker album art Michael Chapman (2) Rainmaker (Album) Harvest SHVL 755 Netherlands 1969 Sell This Version
SHVL 786, 1E 062 ○ 91956 Michael Chapman (2) - Window album art Michael Chapman (2) Window (Album) Harvest, Harvest SHVL 786, 1E 062 ○ 91956 UK 1970 Sell This Version
SHVL 764, 1E 062 ◦ 90998 Michael Chapman (2) - Fully Qualified Survivor album art Michael Chapman (2) Fully Qualified Survivor (Album) Harvest, Harvest SHVL 764, 1E 062 ◦ 90998 UK 1970 Sell This Version
2310 192 Michael Chapman (2) - Wrecked Again album art Michael Chapman (2) Wrecked Again (Album) Harvest 2310 192 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
ESL 119 Michael Chapman (2) - Guitar / Small Group album art Michael Chapman (2) / Milton Hunter / Laurie Holloway Michael Chapman (2) / Milton Hunter / Laurie Holloway - Guitar / Small Group (Album) Standard Music Library ESL 119 UK 1971 Sell This Version
SML 1105 Michael Chapman (2) - Millstone Grit album art Michael Chapman (2) Millstone Grit (Album) Deram, Gama (3) SML 1105 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
SML 1114 Michael Chapman (2) - Deal Gone Down album art Michael Chapman (2) Deal Gone Down (Album) Deram SML 1114 UK 1974 Sell This Version
6.22321 AS Michael Chapman (2) - Pleasures Of The Street album art Michael Chapman (2) Pleasures Of The Street (Album) Nova (6) 6.22321 AS Germany 1975 Sell This Version
none Michael Chapman (2) - Savage Amusement album art Michael Chapman (2) Savage Amusement (Album) Gama (3), Nova (6) none UK 1976 Sell This Version
PA 50007 Michael Chapman (2) - The Man Who Hated Mornings album art Michael Chapman (2) The Man Who Hated Mornings (Album) Decca, Gama (3) PA 50007 Greece 1977 Sell This Version
STEAL 2 Michael Chapman (2) - Playing Guitar - The Easy Way album art Michael Chapman (2) Playing Guitar - The Easy Way (Album) Criminal Records (6) STEAL 2 UK 1978 Sell This Version
PAC7-138 Michael Chapman (2) - Life On The Ceiling album art Michael Chapman (2) Life On The Ceiling (Album) Disc' AZ International PAC7-138 US 1979 Sell This Version
INT 147.702 Michael Chapman (2) - Looking For Eleven album art Michael Chapman (2) Looking For Eleven (Album) Criminal Records (6) INT 147.702 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
CRO 202 Michael Chapman (2) - Almost Alone album art Michael Chapman (2) Almost Alone (Album) Black Crow Records CRO 202 UK 1981 Sell This Version
APR 1004 Michael Chapman (2) - Guitar Solo album art Michael Chapman (2) Guitar Solo(LP, Album) April Music APR 1004 UK 1982 Sell This Version
KOMA 78.80.03 Michael Chapman (2) - Original Owners album art Michael Chapman (2) And Rick Kemp Michael Chapman (2) And Rick Kemp - Original Owners Konexion KOMA 78.80.03 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
832 223-1 Michael Chapman (2) - Heartbeat album art Michael Chapman (2) Heartbeat (Album) Coda Records (3), Coda Records (3) 832 223-1 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
none Michael Chapman (2) - Catwalk album art Michael Chapman (2) Catwalk(Cass, Album) Homemade Records (10) none UK 1987 Sell This Version
none Michael Chapman (2) - Still Making Rain album art Michael Chapman (2) Still Making Rain (Album) Making Waves none UK 1992 Sell This Version
KDC 10029 Michael Chapman (2) - Navigation album art Michael Chapman (2) Navigation (Album) KDC Records KDC 10029 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1995 Sell This Version
Fiend CD 796 Michael Chapman (2) - Dreaming Out Loud album art Michael Chapman (2) Dreaming Out Loud(CD, Album) Demon Records Fiend CD 796 UK 1997 Sell This Version
CELCD 065 (PM) Michael Chapman (2) - BBC Sessions 69-75 album art Michael Chapman (2) BBC Sessions 69-75 Strange Fruit, BBC Music CELCD 065 (PM) Spain 1998 Sell This Version
MYS CD 139 Michael Chapman (2) - The Twisted Road album art Michael Chapman (2) The Twisted Road(CD) Mystic Records (3) MYS CD 139 UK 1999 Sell This Version
SRNACD402 Michael Chapman (2) - Americana album art Michael Chapman (2) Americana(CD, Album) Siren Music Ltd SRNACD402 UK 2000 Sell This Version