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Chas Chandler

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Bryan "Chas" Chandler (December 18, 1938July 17, 1996) was a British musician, record producer and manager of several successful music acts.

Born in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area, he began his career playing bass guitar in a trio with Alan Price. After vocalist Eric Burdon, joined them, the group was renamed The Animals and became one of the most successful R&B bands of the 1960s, second only to the Rolling Stones.

After the group split up, Chas Chandler reinvented himself, becoming manager of Jimi Hendrix and recruiting other musicians to form the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He also produced their first two albums.

Chandler then went on to manage and produce the popular English rock group Slade for twelve years.

During this time, Chandler bought and ran IBC Studios for four years and launched Barn Records.

He later helped develop Newcastle Arena, a ten-thousand seat sports and entertainment venue that opened in 1995.

Chas Chandler died of a heart condition in Newcastle in 1996.

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