Steven Tollestrup

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The name "Steven Tollestrup" is a pseudonym created by members of the Sons of Champlin as the songwriting credit on their initial recordings for Capitol Records. Previous to their association with Capitol,…
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The name "Steven Tollestrup" is a pseudonym created by members of the Sons of Champlin as the songwriting credit on their initial recordings for Capitol Records. Previous to their association with Capitol, the Sons had been signed to Trident Productions in a management, publishing, and recording deal. Trident had licensed their single "Sing Me a Rainbow" to Verve Records for release in March 1967. The deal had lapsed since then, but the publishing agreement apparently was still in effect, and if the band's new songs had been credited accurately, they might have come under its terms. Therefore, when Capitol released "Jesus is Coming," a promotional single, in December 1968, it was said to have been written by the fictitious "Steven Tollestrup." The Sons of Champlin's debut double album, Loosen Up Naturally, followed in April 1969, and again the record cover credited Steven Tollestrup as songwriter on all the songs, while the discs themselves carried a different credit: "All selections composed by B.B. Heavy." In fact, all but one of the songs on the double LP had been written by lead singer/organist Bill Champlin. "Hello Sunlight" was written by saxophonist Tim Caine. The group's second album, The Sons (which was credited to the Sons, not the Sons of Champlin), listed the songwriters of all tracks as "The Sons." On their third album (by which time they had reverted to the name the Sons of Champlin), the songs were again credited to B.B. Heavy, with no mention of Steven Tollestrup.