24 January 1941, Leeds, Yorkshire, England. A former teacher of art and photography, Chapman emerged from the relative obscurity of Britains folk club circuit with his 1969 debut, Rainmaker. This exceptional release, which contrasted excellent acoustic performances with a handful of rock-based pieces, revealed a gifted songwriter/guitarist and established his lachrymose delivery. Fully Qualified Survivor, the artists next collection, reached the Top 50 in the UK charts in March 1970, and included the emotional Postcards Of Scarborough, which remains his best-known work. Among the featured musicians was guitarist Mick Ronson, whose impressive contributions led to his subsequent collaborations with David Bowie. Chapman, meanwhile, continued to forge his mildly eccentric path, and following the release of his fourth album, Wrecked Again, toured the USA with long-time associate Rick Kemp. However, their partnership was dissolved upon their...
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