Who Is Jim Chapman?
Born in London, Canada, in 1949, Jim has been blessed with a life full of challenge and adventure. He was signed to Columbia Records in New York in 1968, played bass in rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins' band in the early 70's, and subsequently performed across the eastern U.S. and Canada for many years, fronting several groups of his own.
He was the president of a major recording studio, where he honed his skills as a songwriter, studio musician and producer. He was also a partner in a prominent entertainer management company, a full-service advertising and promotion company, and London's first successful musical jingle production company. For one energizing season he was the Promotions and Marketing Manager for the Detroit Tigers' baseball farm team in London.
Health issues forced him to retire from the business world in 1980 and with his new wife Carlyn he went back on the road as an entertainer for much of the decade. The couple later returned to London, built another recording studio, and ran a profitable radio/TV musical jingle company and a communications consultancy with clients like The London PUC, Ontario Hydro, Kraft Foods, and others.
From 1992 until 2012 Jim was a prominent local newspaper and magazine columnist and radio/TV broadcaster. He interviewed and reported on most of the Canadian political, literary and social leaders of the day, and many from the United States as well. Prior to his retirement in 2017, Jim had also been working as a professional writer and business consultant for more than a decade.
He has released three albums of original songs and as of March, 2022 has just finished his ninth book, Uncle Jimmy's Excellent Adventure, available on this site at The Bookstore.
In 2022 he returned to the public forum with the It Seems To Me blog and vlog, affording him the opportunity to share his political and social opinions and life interests with his wide circle of friends, fans and followers.
Jim Chapman has been happily married to Carlyn for more than 40 years and in 2021 they downsized to a cosy retirement bungalow in London’s Old East Village with two dogs and a cat: Molly, Jo-Jo and Punkin. As of 2022 their much-loved immediate family includes 2 siblings and their spouses, two nieces and three nephews and their spouses, six grand-nieces, and four grand-nephews.
Jims latest Book:
Battle of the bands
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