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The Jazz of Musician-Performer Ed Thomas to Radio's D.J. Bill W.C. Chamberlain

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Ed Thomas,born in New Orleans but raised in Joliet, IL, began playing the clarinet and piano at the age of five and took up the sax six months later. Ed was influenced by Benny Goodman but a close family friend (James Grays) was an incredible talent and had a huge impact on Ed's playing.

Ed served in the Marine Corps at which time he conducted and arranged music for the Marine Corps Band. He holds a M.A. in Applied Music from Oberlin College. Ed has an enormous list of recording and performance credits such as Ike and Tina Turner, Lloyd Price, Johnny Thunder, Howard Blank (The Outsiders), Joe Witkin (Sha-Na-Na), James Gurley (Big Brother and The Holding Company), Doc Severenson, Carmen Dragon (conductor for the L. A. Symphony) and performed in a large stage production of the Buddy Holly story.

In 1969 while in Vietnam, Bill Chamberlain started his time in radio. His first gig in the States was at KSUE in Susanville, CA.  Bill worked up and down the state of CA finally spending time in Roswell NM and Elko, NV. Thirty-seven years later Bill retired from radio. While in Ventura, Chamberlain met Don Sinclair at KACY, later forming Stage Three Productions. They received thirty-five Creative Advertising Awards from major advertising agency Directors in L,A. He has authored, Nuts On The Half Shell, The Memoirs of a Class Clown and Billy Just Wants to Play. Hiis website: www.gwgavp.com

 

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