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Chuck Mangione

Chuck Mangione low-resFor more than five decades, Chuck Mangione's love affair with music has been characterized by his boundless energy, unabashed enthusiasm, and pure joy that radiates from the stage.

Chuck left home to play with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, assuming the trumpet chair that had belonged to such great players as Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham, Bill Hardman, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard.

Another important step in Mangione's career development was his return to the Eastman School of Music as director of the school's Jazz Ensemble. His "Friends & Love" concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded live and featured "Hill Where the Lord Hides." This led to a recording contract with a major label, Mercury records, and his first Grammy nomination.

Those early years with Mercury culminated in the title tune of one of Mangione's most popular albums, "Land of Make Believe", and another Grammy nomination. Mangione then signed with A&M Records and delivered two extremely successful releases in one year, "Chase The Clouds Away", which was used as background music during the telecast of the 1976 Olympic Games; and "Bellavia"("beautiful way"), named to honor his mother, which won Mangione his first Grammy award.

During the late 1970's, Chuck received more awards and accolades for his recordings. He reached new heights with his mega-hit single and album, "Feels So Good". The 1980 Mangione entry in Current Biography called "Feels So Good" the most recognized melody since the Beatles'  "Michelle."  "The Children of Sanchez" double-album soundtrack won the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe Award, then earned Mangione a second Grammy award.

In 1980 maximum impact was achieved in front of an "intimate" television of several hundred million when Chuck's "Give It All You Got" was heard around the world as the theme of the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid which he performed live at the closing ceremonies.

The '80's were exceptionally full years for Chuck. Having signed with Columbia Records he released several albums, including "Love Notes", "Journey To A Rainbow", "Disguise", and "Save Tonight For Me".

There was also "Salute to Chuck Mangione" a one-hour TV special hosted by Dick Clark; numerous performing and conducting dates with symphony orchestras across the country, plus television interviews on The Tonight Show, Larry King, Soul Train, Solid Gold, and many others.

Chuck is currently caricatured on the Fox TV hit show, King Of The Hill.

In the year 2000 Chuck made his first ever appearance in Korea to SRO audiences where "Feels So Good" has been the top requested instrumental hit for the past twenty years.

Chuck has recorded two albums recently for Chesky Records, "The Feelings Back" & "Everything For Love".

Recently Smooth Jazz stations throughout the U.S. recognized Chuck Mangione's "Feels So Good" as their all time #1 song.


> Chuck Mangione One Sheet (pdf)
> Chuck Mangione Full Bio (pdf)
> Grammy Nominations and Awards (pdf)
> Billboard Charts - Albums (pdf)
> Billboard Charts - Singles (pdf)
> Smithsonian Magazine article (pdf)

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Audio Samples

                              Century Masters - Chuck MangioneLand of Make Believe (sample mp3)

                              Century Masters - Chuck Mangione"Bellavia" - Grammy Award Winner (sample mp3)

                              Century Masters - Chuck Mangione"Feels So Good" - #4 Billboard Pop Chart (sample mp3)

                              Century Masters - Chuck Mangione"Children of Sanchez" Grammy Award Winner (sample mp3)

                              Century Masters - Chuck Mangione"Give It All You Got" - Emmy Award Winner from 1980 Winter Olympics, #18 Billboard Pop Chart (sample mp3)

Everything For Love - Chesky Records -
                            2000"Peggy Hill" from Everything For Love - Chesky Records (sample mp3)

Everything For Love - Chesky Records -
                            2000"I Do Everything For Love" from Everythig For Love -Chesky Records (sample mp3)

Chuck Mangione With Strings Samples

audio "Legend Of The One-Eyed Sailor" (mp3 sample)
audio "El Gato Triste" (mp3 sample)
audio "Land of Make Believe" (mp3 sample)

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