About Mannheim Steamroller
Mannheim Steamroller—the multi-Platinum-selling neo-classical group founded by Chip Davis—is best known for popular reworkings of classic Christmas songs.
∙ Born into a musical Ohio family, Davis composed his first piece at age six, played in the University of Michigan’s concert band, and became a junior high music teacher.
∙ He cocreated the character of C.W. McCall, whose 1975 trucker-rebellion single “Convoy” topped Billboard’s Country and Pop charts and inspired Sam Peckinpah’s like-named 1978 film.
∙ Mannheim Steamroller’s debut album, 1975’s Fresh Aire—featuring classical music played on electric bass and synthesizers—was a hit with audiophiles due to its high-tech sound.
∙ The band’s first collection of holiday classics, 1984’s Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, rose into the Billboard 200—and by 2004 the album had sold more than six million copies.
∙ The Mannheim Steamroller LP Fresh Aire 7 won a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album in 1991.
∙ In 2019, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour celebrated 35 straight years, with two different touring troupes, plus a third group that performed at a popular Florida theme park.