History lesson: his iconic bass motifs as rendered in “We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place,” “House of the Rising Sun,” and “It’s My Life” are among the most identifiable in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.
As a player, the late Bryan James “Chas” Chandler made history as the harmonic bedrock of one of Britain’s most influential ensembles: The Animals. As an artist manager, a career change he forged in 1966 when his aforementioned band initially split, Chas brought the former Jimmy James to England, convinced him to revert to his birth name of Hendrix, hired novice bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell, and the rest, as they say is history. After he ended his managerial relationship with Jimi, Chas produced and managed British glam rock gods Slade for a dozen years -scoring several hit platters which continue to influence modern rockers.
Though Chas hardly receives due recognition, he was a venerable bassist (and backing vocalist) who steered the music as his mates, most notably singer Eric Burdon and keyboardist Alan Price – wreaked havoc on the bandstand and on record. When the classic line-up of The Animals reunited for two woefully ignored albums; Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted (1977) and Ark (1983), Chandler resumed his role with commendable results.