This is the list of the sessions I know Chris Stainton appears... I've classified them into several categories:


Leon Russell The album Leon Russell features lots of stars: even people from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. With Bonnie Bramlett (vocals), Merry Clayton (vocals), Clydie King (vocals), Joe Cocker (vocals), George Harrison (guitar), Delaney Bramlett (guitar), Eric Clapton (guitar), Alan Spenner (bass), Bill Wyman (bass), Klaus Voormann (bass), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Steve Winwood (keyboards), Jim Horn (sax), Charlie Watts (drums), B.J. Wilson (drums), Ringo Starr (drums), Jim Gordon (drums).

The band (and the album) Leon Russell & The Shelter People was made from the ashes of Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Most of the musicians are the same: Don Preston (guitar, vocals), Carl Radle (bass), John Gallie (keyboards), Jim Price (trumpet), Jim Gordon (drums), Jim Keltner (drums), Chuck Blackwell (drums), Claudia Linnear (vocals), plus Kathi McDonald (vocals), Jesse Ed Davis (guitar), Joey Cooper (guitar), and the guys from Muscle Shoals studios: Jimmy Johnson (guitar), David Hood (bass), Barry Beckett (keyboards), Roger Hawkins (drums). Chris Stainton also guests here.

Daniel Moore Daniel Moore was vocalist in the Mad Dogs & Englishmen band, along with Chris. This solo album featured some of the guys from that tour: Don Preston (guitar), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Matthew Moore (vocals), Jim Price (trumpet), Jim Keltner (drums), Bobby Torres (drums). Also with Sneaky Pete Kleinow (steel guitar), Denny Brooks (guitar), T-Bone Burnett (guitar), Buzz Clifford (guitar), Rob Edwards (guitar), Chris Ethridge (bass), Wolfgang Melz (bass), David Jackson (bass, keyboards), Craig Doerge (keyboards), John Gallie (keyboards), Gary Montgomery (keyboards), Jim Horn (horns), Gloria Jones (vocals), David Potter (drums), etc.

Jim Capaldi Funny title! The album features most of his bandmates from Traffic: Steve Winwood (guitar, bass, keyboards), Barry Beckett (keyboards), David Hood (bass), Rebop Kwaku Baah (percussion), Roger Hawkins (drums), plus Pete Carr (guitar), Jimmy Johnson (guitar), Bubs White (guitar), Chrissie Stewart (bass), Chris Stainton (keyboards), John 'Rabbit' Bundrick (keyboards), Jean Roussel (keyboards), emi Kabaka (percussion), Gaspar Lawal (percussion), Derek Quinn (percussion) and the Muscle Shoals Horns.

The Grease Band Mick played with his old friends again in this album: Henry McCullough (guitar), Neil Hubbard (guitar), Alan Spenner (bass), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Bruce Rowland (drums), plus Mick Weaver (keyboards), Mel Collins (sax), Terry Stannard (drums).

Bryn Haworth A great vocalist, his albums are always full of great performers. Although I haven't been able to confirm that, I think Chris was once a member of Bryn Haworth Band.

Sunny side of the street features the whole Kokomo band: Dyan Birch (vocals), Frank Collins (vocals), Paddy McHugh (vocals), Jim Mullen (guitar), Tony O'Malley (keyboards), Alan Spenner (bass), Mel Collins (sax), and Terry Stannard (drums), plus others like Madeline Bell (vocals), Pat Donaldson (bass), Dave Pegg (bass), Alan Munde (banjo), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Pete Wingfield (keyboards), Dave Mattacks (drums), Bruce Rowland (drums), Dave Swarbrick (violin), Lee VanDerBilt (vocals), Joanne Williams (vocals).

Keep the ball rolling was recorded with Dave Markee (bass), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Pete Wingfield (keyboards), Simon Morton (keyboards), Mel Collins (sax), Bud Beadle (sax), Steve Gregory (sax, flute), Jim Cuomo (sax), Martin Drover (trumpet), Terry Hellyer (trombone), Henry Spinetti (drums), Cliff Richard (vocals), Stuart Calver (vocals), John Perry (vocals), Tony Rivers (vocals).

Boxer This was a great band fronted by the late Mike Patto. The lineup was: Mike Patto (vocals)
Ollie Halsall (guitar)
Keith Ellis (bass)
Tony Newman (drums)
Chris Stainton guests in Below the belt playing keyboards.

Bloodletting was recorded in 1976, but it wasn't released until several years later. It contains guest appearances by Bobby Tench (vocals), Boz Burrell (vocals), Tim Hinkley (keyboards), Chris Stainton (keyboards).

And in the end, as we can read in Chris' bio page, he finally joined the band around 1977.

Maddy Prior The fantastic vocalist in Steeleye Span. She recorded this solo album in 1978, with some of his mates in Steeleye Span (Rick Kemp on bass), plus great players: Barbara Dickson (vocals), Doug Morter (guitar), John O'Connor (guitar), Malcolm Peet (guitar), B.J. Cole (steel guitar), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Kevin Savigar (keyboards), Phil Todd (wind), John Lingwood (drums). Some of them (including Chris) backed Maddy in the subsequent tour, as we can read in Chris bio.

Gary Brooker
(scan courtesy of Alex Gitlin)

Lead me to the water is Gary's 2nd solo album, and it includes collaborations from Tim Renwick (guitar), George Harrison (guitar), Peter Maunu (guitar), Chris Solberg (bass, from Santana), Mel Collins (sax), Phil Aaberg (keyboards), Phil Collins (drums), Steve Holly (drums), Scott Matthews (drums), and the complete Eric Clapton Band: Eric Clapton (guitar), Albert Lee (guitar), Dave Markee (bass), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Henry Spinetti (drums).

Joe Cocker Joe Cocker has always included great musicians in his albums.

Night call features Phil Grande (guitar), Danny Kortchmar (guitar), Jeff Lynne (guitar), Mike Campbell (guitar), T.M. Stevens (bass), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Ian McLagan (keyboards), Greg Phillinganes (keyboards), Rory Kaplin (keyboards), Benmont Tench (keyboards), David Paich (keyboards), Steve Holly (drums), Jim Keltner (drums), Alex Acuna (percussion), Julia Tillman Waters (vocals), Maxine Willard Waters (vocals), Maxine Sharp (vocals), Cydney Davis (vocals), Brenda Lee Eager (vocals) and the vocal band called Girls Talk. It includes nice renditions of Blind Faith's 'Can't find my way home' or Elton John's 'Don't let the sun go down on me'.

In Have a little faith, we can find Tim Pierce (guitar), Michael Thompson (guitar), Bob Feit (bass), Chris Stainton (keyboards), CJ Vanston (keyboards), Ernie Watts (sax), Jack Bruno (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Bekka Bramlett (vocals, later in Fleetwood Mac), Julia Tillman Waters (vocals), Maxine Willard Waters (vocals), Carmen Twillie (vocals), Lamont Van Hook (vocals), Alexandra Brown (vocals), Fred White (vocals), as well as veteran Tony Joe White (guitar, vocals).

In Across from midnight, we can find Tim Renwick (guitar), Michael Landau (guitar), Tim Pierce (guitar), Ronnie Johnson (guitar), Dean Parks (guitar), Graham Lyle (guitar), Phil Spalding (bass), Neil Stubenhaus (bass), James 'Hutch' Hutchinson (bass), his long time friend Chris Stainton (keyboards), Steve Piggott (keyboards), Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook (from Squeeze), Jamie Talbot (sax), Mark Feltham (harmonica), John Robinson (drums), Geoff Dunn (drums), and the mighty Kenny Aaronoff (drums). Backing vocals by Tessa Niles and others. It includes a cover of Bob Marley's 'Could you be loved'.


Spooky Tooth
(scan courtesy of Alex Gitlin)

A great band. I already have pages about some of his members (Mike Kellie, Bryson Graham, John Hawken), if someone wants to read more about them.

It was February 1970, and Gary Wright and Greg Ridley leave the band. Remaining members Luther Grosvenor (guitar), Mike Harrison (vocals, keyboards) and Mike Kellie (drums) got help from some of the people in The Grease Band: Henry McCullough (guitar), Alan Spenner (bass), and Chris Stainton (keyboards). But they never joined the group.

Some of those tracks also appear in the compilation The best of Spooky Tooth.

Don Nix Great writer, he is the author of 'Goin' down' (covered by everyone: from Jeff Beck to Peter Green). This album features Wayne Perkins (guitar), Tippy Armstrong (guitar), Jimmy Johnson (guitar), Donald 'Duck' Dunn (bass), David Hood (bass), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Barry Beckett (keyboards), Roger Hawkins (drums), the great Kathi McDonald (vocals), Don Preston (vocals), Joey Cooper (vocals),  Jeannie Greene (vocals), Marline Greene (vocals), Claudia Linnear (vocals), Furry Lewis (vocals). 
The Who
Another great work by The Who. The only guest in the album is Chris Stainton, who plays piano in the tracks 'Dirty job', 'Drowned' and the famous '5:15'. 
Chris Jagger
Yes, he is! He is Mick Jagger's brother. This was his second album, with lots of musicians to help him: Peter Frampton, Jim Ryan (guitar, from John Entwistle band, The Ox), Neil Hubbard & Alan Spenner (guitar and bass, from Kokomo, later with Roxy Music), Bob Cohen (guitar), David Pierce (guitar, keyboards), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Andy Bown (bass), Dave Edmunds (from Love Sculpture, later in Rockpile), Busta Cherry Jones (bass, later with Talking Heads), John Mealing (keyboards), John Rousseau (keyboards), Micky Waller (drums), Terry Stannard (drums), Pick Withers (drums, later in Dire Straits), Steve Smith (percussion). 
Sorry, I don't know the lineup of this band. In the credits list, we can find several members of Gonzalez: Chris Mercer (sax), Ron Carthy (trumpet), Steve Gregory (sax), Godfrey McLean (drums), and from Joe Cocker band: Alan Spenner (bass), Neil Hubbard (guitar), Chris Stainton (keyboards). 
Druick And Lorange
Sorry, I don't know who they are: Dwight Druick (vocals) and Kirk Lorange, are backed by Neil Hubbard (guitar), Bob Cohen (guitar), Marty Lewis (bass), Nick Judd (keyboards), Mel Collins (sax), Bruce Rowland (drums), Mike Driscoll (drums). 
Ian Hunter
(scan courtesy of Mike Tolan)

Great guy, Ian Hunter was the leader in Mott the Hoople. This was his second solo album, with help from many great musicians: bass maestro Jaco Pastorius, Aynsley Dunbar (drums), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Cornell Dupree (guitar), David Sanborn (sax), David Bargeron (trombone), Lew Soloff (trumpet), Don Alias (percussion), and some members from Queen (Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor). 

Stephen Bishop This album was recorded with the cream of American sessionmen, plus some British guys like Clapton or Brooker. It features Art Garfunkel (vocals), Phoebe Snow (vocals), Eric Clapton (guitar), Buzzy Feiten (guitar), Hugh McCracken (guitar), Dean Parks (guitar), David Spinozza (guitar), Sid McGinnis (guitar), Jeff Mironov (guitar), John Giblin (bass), Dennis Belfield (bass), Neil Jason (bass), Gary Brooker (keyboards), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Don Grolnick (keyboards), Neil Larsen (keyboards), Warren Bernhardt (keyboards), Andy Newmark (drums), Phil Collins (drums), Russ Kunkel (drums), Steve Gadd (drums), Chris Parker (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Mike Mainieri (percussion).

Alvin Lee Band The Alvin Lee Band was formed at that time by: Alvin Lee (guitar, vocals)
Steve Gould (guitar, bass)
Mickey Feat (bass)
Tom Compton (drums)
But the album also includes guest appearances by two great keyboardists: Chris Stainton and Derek Austin.

Marianne Faithfull This album was recorded in 1980. Her band comprised: Marianne Faithfull (vocals)
Joe Mavety (guitar)
Barry Reynolds (guitar)
Steve York (bass)
Terry Stannard (drums)
With these guests: Steve Winwood (keyboards), Calvin 'Fuzzy' Samuels (bass), Jim Leverton (bass), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Dennis Haines (keyboards), Mel Collins (sax), Martin Drover (trumpet), Julian Diggle (percussion), and from Kokomo: Neil Hubbard (guitar), and vocalists Dyan Birch (here, appearing as Dyan Spenner) and Frankie Collins.

Pete Townshend One of the solo albums by the leader in The Who. Recorded with Peter Hope-Evans (harmonica), Tony Butler (bass), Ann Odell (keyboards), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Simon Phillips (drums), Mark Brzezicki (drums), Jody Linscott (percussion), Poli Palmer (percussion).

Simon Townshend With Pete Townshend, Ron Aspery, Chris Stainton. Check for more info!!

B.B. King A living blues legend. I've only been able to attend one of his gigs. At that time, he was 62, but he behaved like a child, enjoying while playing. After two and a half hours of endless performance, his musicians convinced him that he should finish the concert and leave the stage. He still wanted to keep on playing. :)

B.B. King recorded Deuces wild with duets along with some of his disciples or fans. People such as The Rolling Stones (with Darryl Jones on bass), Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Van Morrison, Tracy Chapman, or Paul Carrack, to name a few. Lots of great backing musicians here: Neil Hubbard (guitar), Michael Landau (guitar), Johnny Lee Schell (guitar), Hugh McCracken (guitar), Marty Stuart (guitar), Dean Parks (guitar), Randy Jacobs (guitar), Reggie McBride (bass), Pino Palladino (bass), Reggie McBride (bass), James 'Hutch' Hutchinson (bass), Tommy Eyre (keyboards on 6 songs), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Billy Payne (keyboards), Jools Holland (keyboards), Jon Cleary (keyboards), Leon Pendarvis (keyboards), Paulinho DaCosta (percussion), Lenny Castro (percussion), Darrell Leonard (trumpet), Joe Sublett (sax), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Jim Keltner (drums), Tony Braunagel (drums), Andy Newmark (drums), Kenny Aaronoff (drums), Steve Jordan (drums). Album produced by John Porter.

Albums that I still need to include:

The Alarm - Best of the Alarm & Mike Peters (1998)
The Alarm - Eye of the hurricane (expanded) (2002)
Joe Cocker - One night of sin (1989)
" - Live
" - Long voyage home (1995)
" - Organic (1996)
" - Greatest love songs (2003)
Marianne Faithfull - Perfect stranger: The Island... (1998)
Bryan Ferry - taxi (1993)
The Grease Band - Chronicles (1997)
Ian Hunter - Once bitten twice shy (2000)
BB King - Here and there: the uncollected (2001)
Maddy Prior - Momento: the best of Maddy Prior (1995)
Eros Ramazzotti - Eros live (1998)
Leon Russell - Retrospective (1997)
Jimmy Smith - Dot com blues (2001)
Ringo Starr - Starr struck: the best of Ringo Starr (1989)
The Who - Meaty beaty big and bouncy (1971)
VVAA - Two rooms (1991)


VV.AA. - The Who This Tommy album is the movie soundtrack, with The Who (Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon), plus lots of great guests: Eric Clapton, Elton John (with Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray, Ray Cooper and Nigel Olsson), Tina Turner, Ron Wood, Chris Stainton, Nicky Hopkins, Mick Ralphs, Paul Gurvitz, Alan Ross, Simon Townsend, Phil Chen, Tony Newman, Mick Ralphs, Tony Stevens, etc.

Original soundtrack / The Who (Tommy, 1975, with Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Nicky Hopkins, Davey Johnstone, Alan Ross, Simon Townsend, Phil Chen, Eric Clapton, Dee Murray, Tony Newman, Nigel Olsson, Caleb Quaye, Mick Ralphs, Chris Stainton)

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