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Bill Champlin

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Miami Vice Performer
Born
May 21, 1947, Oakland, California
Active
1967-present
Spouse/Children
Ingrid Hartvigsen (1964-?, divorced), two children
Tamara Champlin (1982-present), one son


William Bradford Champlin (born May 21, 1947, Oakland, California) is an American singer-songwriter whose song "The Last Unbroken Heart" (with Patti LaBelle) was featured in the episode "When Irish Eyes Are Crying" of the series Miami Vice.

Career

Champlin began his career with a band formed while in high school, Sons of Champlin, which recorded several albums that sold poorly but well received critically. Champlin moved to Los Angeles in 1977 and began performing as a session musician and songwriter, singing backing vocals on hundreds of recordings in the 1970s and 1980s, and winning two Grammys for songs he co-wrote ("Turn Your Love Around" by George Benson) and ("After The Love Is Gone" by Earth, Wind and Fire). Champlin worked with REO Speedwagon, Boz Scaggs, and The Tubes. In 1978, Champlin was offered to join the band Chicago to replace Terry Kath, who tragically died shortly before. Champlin declined, saying he could not replace Kath, but after working with Chicago's drummer Danny Seraphine, he joined the group in 1981, appearing with the band until 2009, taking over as lead singer in 1986 when Peter Cetera left for a solo career.

Personal Life

Champlin married Ingrid Hartvigsen in 1964 and later divorced, they have two children. He then married songwriter Tamara Champlin in 1982, they have one son, Will, who placed third in the 2013 season of The Voice.

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