ABOUT BRIAN

Hailing from a blue-collar town in the North of England, teenage keyboardist Brian Chatton played his first professional gig at the world famous Cavern Club in 1965 with Jon Anderson (YES) in their then band The Warriors. From that point on, he rocked and rolled around the world many times alongside the most celebrated rock giants during the height of the British Invasion.

 

Music Connection’s January 2019 review of the book states that “What comes through wonderfully is Chatton’s English charm, his glib and winning spirit, something that must’ve helped him survive the often rough and tumble rock life”.

 

After moving down to London in the late 60s, he befriended Phil Collins and helped form Phil's inaugural band, Flaming Youth; the two musicians later collaborated on three projects. His career as a sideman flourished, affording him the opportunity to play alongside the greats such as Joe Cocker, The Hollies, Meat Loaf, Justin Timberlake, with B.B. King on the Tonight Show and countless other renowned performers. 

 

Highlights in the book include the story behind the worldwide hit entitled “I Wanna Be a Cowboy” by his band Boys Don’t Cry, his encounters with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood and Jimi Hendrix, as well as writing, working and living with Keith Emerson for 14 years. 

Chatton's personal philosophy that there’s a laugh to be found in almost any situation is a theme which runs throughout the book, which features close to 200 photos of his friends, family and bandmates, as well as an array of custom illustrations.

 

In his own words,  “you can’t tie this tiger down!”.  After seven years of hard work, Chatton not only crafted a thouroughly entertaining book, but he’s also developed a live performance which includes music, storytelling, video projection and audience interaction that is already generating rave reviews.

CREDITS

COLLABORATIONS

Phil Collins
Meatloaf
Jon Anderson (Yes)
Keith Emerson
Sheena Easton
The Hollies
Eric Burdon (The Animals)
Roxy Music
Ginger Baker
Jack Bruce
Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)
Barry Barlow (Jethro Tull, Robert Plant)
Chris DeBurgh
Joe Cocker

Tony Childs
Mel Collins (Rolling Stones)

Deon Estus (Wham)

Mo Foster (Phil Collins, Jeff Beck)
Roger Glover (Deep Purple)
Raymond Gomez (Stanley Clarke, Aretha Franklin)
Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)
Mike Giles (King Crimson)
Jach Green (4 albums)
Alan Holdsworth
Tony Kaye (Yes, David Bowie)
John Miles (tina Turner, Joe Cocker)
Steve Lilliwhite (Producer, U2)
Cozy Powell (Jeff Beck, Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
John Porter
Alan Parsons
Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
Shep Pettibone (Producer, Pet Shop Boyes)

Mick Ralphs (Free, Bad Company, Mott the Hoople)
Pat Travers (3 albums & live work)

Mike Slamer
Chester Thompson
Ian Wallace (King Crimson, Don Henley)
Hans Zimmer
Mike & Tim Franklyn (Bruce Hornsby, Joe Walsh)
Alan White (Yes, John Lennon)
Chris Squire (Yes)
Steve Holley (Wings, Elton John)
N*SYNC (Vocal Tuition)
LFO (Vocal Tuition)
Tommy Matola (Manager)
Clive Davis (Manager)
Richie Blackmore
Peter Frampton
Alvin Lee
Danny Lehrman
Julian Colbeck ( Charlie,Steve Hackett,YES )
Dave Carlock ( TUBES )