Chaz Jankel

British musician

Charles Jeremy Jankel (born 16 April 1953),[1] better known as Chaz Jankel, is an English singer, songwriter, arranger, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.

Chaz Jankel
Jankel smiling to the camera
Jankel before a gig with The Blockheads at Band on the Wall, 2016
Background information
Birth nameCharles Jeremy Jankel
Also known asChas Jankel
Born (1953-04-16) 16 April 1953 (age 68)
Stanmore, Middlesex, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • arranger
  • composer
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • record producer
  • music programmer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • organ
  • synthesizer
  • keyboards
  • percussion
Years active1976–present
Associated acts

In a music career spanning more than 36 years, Jankel came to prominence in the late 1970s as the guitarist and keyboardist of the rock band Ian Dury and the Blockheads. With Dury, Jankel co-wrote some of the band's best-known songs including "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll", "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick" and "Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3".

In addition to his work with the Blockheads, Jankel has had a solo career which has resulted in nine studio albums. He has a long list of credits as both a performer and as songwriter.


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