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Encyclopedia > Chaz Jankel

Chas Jankel, also known as Chaz Jankel, (Born 16 April 1952 Stanmore, North London) was a keyboardist with Ian Dury and the Blockheads, acting as a co-writer with Dury on the bands best known songs during the British funk/new wave band's commercial peak (the late '70s). Jankel was responsible for much of the funk influences in the Blockheads music, and that love for rhythmic music was a large part of his solo career. He released several solo albums in the early 80s, including Chasanova, Questionnaire, Chazablanca, and Looking At You. He hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1982 with "Glad To Know You" / "3,000,000 Synths" / "Ai No Corrida." 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Stanmore is a place in the London Borough of Harrow, in London, England. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Ian Dury, in a look combining Gene Vincent with a Cockney pearly king. ... Billboards Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart is a weekly national survey of what songs are most popular in U.S. dance clubs. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...


First hooking up with Dury as part of the pub group the Kilburn & the High Roads in the early part of the '70s, Jankel was asked by Dury to join his new outfit, and appeared on such Blockheads releases as 1977's "New Boots & Panties!!" and 1979's "Do It Yourself", before leaving the group. But in 1981, Jankel teamed up once more with Dury (sans the Blockheads), for the release "Lord Upminster", which spawned the U.S. Top 40 dance hit "Spasticus Autisticus." But by this time, Jankel had become more interested in pursuing a solo career and he issued several releases for A&M from the early to mid-'80s: 1980's self-titled debut, 1981's "Chasanova" and "Questionnaire" (the latter of which contained the U.S. dance hit "Glad to Know You," a collaboration with Dury), 1983's "Chazablanca", and 1985's "Looking at You". But after the flurry of recording activity, little was heard from Jankel again.


Quincy Jones had a UK chart hit with his version of "Ai No Corrida" which reached #14 in April 1981. Quincy Delight Jones Jr. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...

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Jankel returned to the Blockheads after his solo career, and worked with Ian Dury on his final album with the group. After Dury's death, Jankel has continued to perform with the Blockheads Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ...


Jankel has several composer credits for films, including D.O.A. and K2.


Jankel is best known to many people as the performer of the song "Number One" from the soundtrack of the film Real Genius. Real Genius is a 1985 comedy film starring Val Kilmer and Gabriel Jarret. ...


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