About Blondie Chaplin
Blondie Chaplin was born in Durban, Natal, South Africa to a musical family. He became a member of the premiere South African group The Flames before escaping apartheid for London and the US. After joining the Beach Boys and The Band, Blondie Chaplin has performed in multiple tours with The Rolling Stones.
“Playing with The Rolling Stones has been an extraordinary experience in my musical journey,” says Chaplin. His participation in the group has expanded from background vocals to include percussion and guitar. The ultimate gig for the ultimate musician. During the Bridges to Babylon tour in Buenos Aires, Ronnie Wood introduced Blondie to Bob Dylan who was opening for the Stones. “This is Blondie Chaplin,” he said. “He’s our secret weapon.” The list of notable credits is impressive: The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Bonnie Raitt, The Band, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards.
His current solo record, Between Us features honest, straight ahead simplicity and purity. Austin’s Stephen Barber (credits include Keith Richards) arranged the strings, and Anton Figg (David Letterman’s Band) played drums. Blondie Chaplin’s group features Stephen Barber and Special Guests.
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