The driving force behind Mannheim Steamroller, Chip Davis was among the pioneers of neo-classical electronic music, and with his own independent label, American Gramaphone, helped give rise to the new age phenomenon. Born Louis Davis, Jr. in Sylvania, OH, Davis grew up in a musical family -- his father was a high-school music teacher and his mother was a trombonist with Phil Spitalny's All Girl Orchestra. Davis' grandmother was his first music teacher, giving the child his initial piano lessons at the age of four; two years later, he composed his first piece, a four-part chorale written in honor of his dog. He later joined a boys' choir as well, and while attending the University of Michigan played bassoon in the school's concert band. After graduating in 1969, Davis was tapped to tour with the Norman Luboff Choir. After five years with ...
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