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Though few may admit to having heard of them, Mannheim Steamroller can boast of being one of the biggest US acts of the 80s, 90s and 00s - at least while snow covers the ground and children leave out roasted chestnuts for Santa and his reindeer. The act was the creation of Chip Davis (Louis Davis Jnr., 15 November 1947, Sylvania, Ohio, USA). On graduating from the University Of Michigan in 1969, Davis toured as a drummer with the Norman Luboff Choir for five years before becoming a teacher in his native Sylvania. He left the profession, however, to arrange an Omaha, Nebraska production of Hair, before finding work as a jingle writer. Flushed by the success of his collaboration with William Fries, 1975s hit single Convoy (credited to C.W. McCall), jingle-writer Chip Davis invested his share of the royalties from the song and attendant film in a home studio and sound laboratory complex.
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