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Mannheim Steamroller is an "18th century classical rock" group founded by Chip Davis, and co-founded by Jackson Berkey, well-known for their modern recordings of holiday music (notably Christmas). The group has sold 27 million albums in the U.S. alone.[1] (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... This article discusses classical music in the first sense (see below). ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Louis F. Chip Davis, Jr. ... Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. ...

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History

Mannheim Steamroller actually began as an alias for record producer/composer Chip Davis. The name "Mannheim Steamroller" comes from an 18th century German musical technique, "Mannheim Roller." Before the fame of Steamroller, Davis had been best known for creating the country music character "C. W. McCall" (of "Convoy" fame) for his friend Bill Fries. Even before Davis made McCall a star, he produced an unusual album of classical music performed entirely by Davis and musical collaborator Jackson Berkey, using electric bass and synthesizers. Since no major label would handle its distribution, Davis founded his own music label, American Gramaphone (a play on the classical record label Deutsche Grammophon), to release the album. The result, Fresh Aire, was released in 1975 under the pseudonym Mannheim Steamroller, in the hopes of the album being a best seller. Fresh Aire II was subsequently released in 1977 and Fresh Aire III was released in 1979 In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... The Mannheim rocket is a series of rapidly ascending broken chords from the lowest range of the bass line to the very top of the soprano line. ... C.W. McCall is the pseudonym of William Dale Fries, Jr. ... Convoy is a 1975 novelty song performed by C.W. McCall (pseudonym of Bill Fries) that became a number-one hit in the USA and helped start a worldwide craze for citizens band (CB) radio. ... C.W. McCall is the pseudonym of William Dale Fries (born November 15, 1928) in Audubon, Iowa, USA. In 1972, while working for an Omaha, Nebraska advertising firm, Bozell Jacobs, Fries created a television campaign for the Metz Baking Company. ... American Gramaphone is an American record company, and was founded in 1984 by Chip Davis. ... Logo Deutsche Grammophon is a German record label. ... Fresh Aire was the first album released by new age musical group Mannheim Steamroller. ... A pseudonym (Greek pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons true name. ... Fresh Aire II was the second album released by new age musical group Mannheim Steamroller. ... Fresh Aire III was the third album released by new age musical group Mannheim Steamroller (after Fresh Aire and Fresh Aire II). ...


Later, Davis collaborated with guitarist/composer Mason Williams for a remake of the 1968 instrumental "Classical Gas", which used the original arrangement. Mason Williams with Claudine Longet Mason Williams (b. ... Classical Gas is an instrumental piece written by Mason Williams. ...


But it was beginning in 1984 that Steamroller found its greatest fame. Davis released his first holiday album, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, featuring modern contemporary interpretations of Yuletide favorites. This was followed by A Fresh Aire Christmas (1988) and Christmas in the Aire (1995). Steamroller had now become one of the most requested Christmas music artists of all time. By the end of 1997, they had released a live album of Christmas music, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Live. 2001 saw the release of another Christmas album, Christmas Extraordinaire. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (also known as Christmas 1984) was the first Christmas album released by new age musical group Mannheim Steamroller. ... A Fresh Aire Christmas was the second Christmas album released by new age musical group Mannheim Steamroller. ... Christmas in the Aire was the third christmas album released by new age musical group Mannheim Steamroller. ... [edit] Track listing Angels We Have Heard on High – 4:03 Chips Intro – 2:03 Christmas Lullaby – 4:10 Pat-a-Pan – 5:09 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – 3:09 Los Peces en el Rio – 3:52 Joy to the World – 3:46 Gagliarda – 3:17 In Dulci... Christmas Extraordinaire was the fifth Christmas album released by New Age musical group Mannheim Steamroller. ...


Steamroller had also developed a full-length theatrical motion picture based on their Christmas albums, but the plans fell through. Instead, the following year, they collaborated with Olivia Newton-John for yet another Christmas album, a mostly spoken-word recording called The Christmas Angel: A Family Story. In 2003 they released a CD entitled Halloween. Their latest Christmas album, Christmas Celebration, was released in 2004. Olivia Newton-John AO OBE (born 26 September 1948) is a Grammy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated English-born Australian pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Halloween, or Halloween, is a tradition celebrated on the night of October 31, most notably by children dressing in costumes and going door-to-door collecting sweets, fruit, and other gifts. ... Christmas Celebration is Mannheim Steamrollers latest Christmas album. ...


In addition to their Fresh Aire and Christmas collections, Steamroller has released an album of Disney music (1999's Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse), one celebrating his American heritage (2003's American Spirit, which reunited Chip Davis with C.W. McCall and featured a remake of "Convoy"), and an album "Yellowstone" mixing prior Davis compositions and classical pieces by Ottorino Respighi. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse: Unique Musical Creations Based on Disney Songs is a music album by Mannheim Steamroller, released by Walt Disney Records and American Gramaphone in 1999 on CD and DVD. Chim Chim Cher-ee – 2:31 Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah – 3:17 Under the Sea – 3... American Spirit is an album released in 2003 as a collaboration between Mannheim Steamroller and country musician C.W. McCall. ...


In 2005 Mannheim Steamroller and Chip Davis teamed with WestStar TalkRadio Network to produce an unparalleled twelve hour Christmas radio program Mannheim Steamroller's An American Christmas. Hosted primarily by Chip Davis together with the programs' producer/writer, Barry Young, An American Christmas has grown to become a favorite Christmas Eve and Christmas Day radio offering broadcast and heard in most American cities and towns each holiday. In 2005, this program was broadcast on over 350 radio stations across the United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Forces Radio and two International Worldband Shortwave stations. WestStar TalkRadio Network is a privately held United States corporation operating as a national radio broadcast network. ... Barry Young, President & CEO of WestStar TalkRadio Network, based Phoenix, Arizona, a company which he co-founded with national talk radio host Kim Komando. ...


The current lineup of the band is: Chip Davis (drums and percussion), Bobby Jenkins (Oboe), Jackson Berkey (keyboards), Almeda Berkey (keyboards), Roxanne Layton (percussion and woodwinds), Ron Cooley (guitar and bass), Arnie Roth (strings), and Chuck Pennington (orchestra conductor).


Davis is currenty encouraging fans to submit their votes, via the band's official website, for carols to be included on a new Christmas album. [1]


Discography

The Fresh Aire Series

Fresh Aire was the first album released by new age musical group Mannheim Steamroller. ... Fresh Aire II was the second album released by new age musical group Mannheim Steamroller. ... Fresh Aire III was the third album released by new age musical group Mannheim Steamroller (after Fresh Aire and Fresh Aire II). ... Fresh Aire 4 was the fourth album in new age musical group Mannheim Steamrollers Fresh Aire series. ... Fresh Aire V is an album by Mannheim Steamroller, released in 1983. ... Fresh Aire VI is an album by Mannheim Steamroller, released in 1986. ... Fresh Aire 7 was the seventh album in new age musical group Mannheim Steamrollers Fresh Aire series. ... Fresh Aire 8 is an album by Mannheim Steamroller, released in 2000. ...

Christmas albums

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (also known as Christmas 1984) was the first Christmas album released by new age musical group Mannheim Steamroller. ... A Fresh Aire Christmas was the second Christmas album released by new age musical group Mannheim Steamroller. ... Christmas in the Aire was the third christmas album released by new age musical group Mannheim Steamroller. ... [edit] Track listing Angels We Have Heard on High – 4:03 Chips Intro – 2:03 Christmas Lullaby – 4:10 Pat-a-Pan – 5:09 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – 3:09 Los Peces en el Rio – 3:52 Joy to the World – 3:46 Gagliarda – 3:17 In Dulci... Christmas Extraordinaire was the fifth Christmas album released by New Age musical group Mannheim Steamroller. ... Christmas Celebration is Mannheim Steamrollers latest Christmas album. ...

Ambience albums

  • Bird Song (2000)
  • Summer Song (2001)
  • Autumn Song (2003)
  • Ocean Song (?)
  • Night Song (?)
  • Desert Song (?)
    • The last three are mentioned in the liner notes for the existing Ambience CDs, but have not yet been released.

Night Song is an album by qawwal Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and guitarist and producer Michael Brook. ...

Other albums

Saving the Wildlife is an album by Mannheim Steamroller, released in 1986. ... [edit] Track listing The Goodwill Games – 4:24 Ruslan and Ljudmila – 5:14 Melodie – 1:38 Lets Go Home – 1:04 Dancing Flames – 6:34 Troika from Lieutenant Kizheh – 2:51 The Goose from Smolensk – 2:04 Chakra 3 – 3:20 The Smolny Fanfare – :29 The Marche Miniature – 2... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse: Unique Musical Creations Based on Disney Songs is a music album by Mannheim Steamroller, released by Walt Disney Records and American Gramaphone in 1999 on CD and DVD. Chim Chim Cher-ee – 2:31 Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah – 3:17 Under the Sea – 3... 25 Year Celebration of Mannheim Steamroller is a two-disc anthology album released by new age musical group Mannheim Steamroller in 1999, in honor of the groups 25th anniversary. ... American Spirit is an album released in 2003 as a collaboration between Mannheim Steamroller and country musician C.W. McCall. ... [edit] Track listing Toccata in de Mole – 4:08 Hall of the Mountain King – 2:51 Harvest Dance – 3:01 The Flying Dutchman – 3:36 Z-Row Gravity – 3:50 Funeral March of a Marionette – 3:00 Rock & Roll Graveyard – 3:51 Night on Bald Mountain – 4:17 Crystal – 4...

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.riaa.com/gp/bestsellers/topartists.asp

See also

Introduced in 1981, Hooked on Classics was one of the earliest successful remixes. ... Trans-Siberian Orchestra (often abbreviated as TSO) is a Rock and Heavy Metal orchestra founded by Paul ONeill, Robert Kinkel, and Jon Oliva in 1996. ... This is the list of best selling music artists (including groups) worldwide, alltime. ...

External links

  • MannheimSteamroller.com
  • Berkey.com

  Results from FactBites:
 
Mannheim Steamroller - Music Downloads - Online (425 words)
Bio: The alias of composer Chip Davis, Mannheim Steamroller was among the pioneers of neo-classical electronic music, emerging as one of the driving forces behind the New Age phenomenon.
In 1984, Davis issued Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, which shocked onlookers by selling over five million copies on the strength of a Top 40 Adult Contemporary rendition of "Deck the Halls." It was followed four years later by A Fresh Aire Christmas, another unqualified hit.
Although in the early 1990s Davis began recording under his own name for the first time, he also maintained the Mannheim Steamroller guise for a series of seasonal recordings, among them 1995's Christmas in the Aire, 1997's Christmas Live and 1998's Christmas Angel: A Family Story.
Mannheim Steamroller - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (572 words)
Mannheim Steamroller is an "18th century classical rock" group founded by Chip Davis, and co-founded by Jackson Berkey, well-known for their modern recordings of holiday (Christmas and Valentine's Day being some) music.
Mannheim Steamroller actually began as an alias for record producer/composer Chip Davis.
Mannheim Steamroller quickly grew into a full band, with Davis on drums, Berkey on keyboards, and Eric Hansen on bass and lute.
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