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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Drummer
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream (Chocolate), Fish, Grits, Turkey Bacon, Wheat Toast
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/23/1940
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Drummer
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream (Chocolate), Fish, Grits, Turkey Bacon, Wheat Toast
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/23/1940
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Marshall Thompson grew up on Chicago’s South Side. As a child, he played his snare drum on the corner of 47th Street and St. Lawrence Avenue, thus beginning a lifelong love of music.

Growing up, Thompson would try to sneak into the Regal Theater only to be thrown out. He persisted, landing a job in 1960 as the house drummer for the Regal Theater and even performing as backup for Gladys Knight in 1967. In 1960, he and other musicians formed the Chi-Lites. Initially, the group's name was the Hi-Lites. They soon achieved notoriety with half a dozen singles issued on the local Dakar and Ja-Wes labels. Because their name conflicted with that of another local group, they changed their name, aligning themselves with Chicago.

For more than thirty years, the Chi-Lites have been one of the main purveyors of the Windy City sound. Their first hit, "Let Me Be The Man My Daddy Was," made the national charts. But it was songs "Have You Seen Her'" and "Oh, Girl" that catapulted the Chi-Lites to fame. In February of 2004, the Chi-Lites received a Grammy Award for their work on Beyoncé Knowles' song "Crazy in Love," which won the Best R&B Song award. In 2006, the Chi-Lites released an album called, Christmas Time At Momma’s House. The album also features radio disc jockey, Herb Kent.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Photo - Marshall Thompson appears on 'The Flip Wilson Show' with the other members of the Chi-Lites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Photo - Marshall Thompson and the other members of the Chi-Lites pose for the 'A Letter to Myself' album
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Photo - Marshall Thompson poses with the other Chi-Lites group members in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Photo - Marshall Thompson presents the Chi-Lites's gold record for their song 'Have You Seen Her'
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Photo - Marshall Thompson presents the Chi-Lites's platinum record for 'Oh Girl'
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Slating of Marshall Thompson interview: name of interviewee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Slating of Marshall Thompson interview: date of interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marshall Thompson's favorites: Part I
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Marshall Thompson's favorites: Part II
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Marshall Thompson recalls his early experiences as a drummer
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Marshall Thompson details his parents' musical backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Marshall Thompson describes his father as a talented musician
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Marshall Thompson discusses his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Marshall Thompson names his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Marshall Thompson decodes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Marshall Thompson details his childhood on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Marshall Thompson shares his early interest in performing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 18 - Marshall Thompson describes his first big break
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marshall Thompson discusses his early interest in doo-wop music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marshall Thompson recalls his first singing groups
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marshall Thompson recalls his participation in the Chanteurs singing group
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marshall Thompson describes the successes of the Chi-Lites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marshall Thompson considers the forces driving his career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marshall Thompson differentiates pop music from R & B music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marshall Thompson describes his wife's role in his career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marshall Thompson remembers his bass singer, Creadel 'Red' Jones
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Marshall Thompson tells stories about touring with the Chi-Lites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Marshall Thompson explains why Eugene Record left the Chi-Lites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Marshall Thompson discusses Chi-Lites member Robert 'Squirrel' Lester
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Marshall Thompson discusses possible future endeavors for himself and the Chi-Lites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Marshall Thompson looks forward to the Chi-Lites's induction into a rhythm & blues hall of fame: Part I
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marshall Thompson looks forward to the Chi-Lites's induction into a rhythm & blues hall of fame: Part II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marshall Thompson explains the process of forming the Marshall and the Hi-Lites
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marshall Thompson describes Marshall and the Hi-Lites's first time in the studio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marshall Thompson constructs the Chi-Lites's image
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marshall Thompson describes the responsibilities of individual Chi-Lites group members
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marshall Thompson explains how the Chi-Lites got their first record deal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Marshall Thompson discusses The Chi-Lites's initial success on the theater circuit
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Marshall Thompson describes life on the theater circuit
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Marshall Thompson explains how each city's music has a distinct sound
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Marshall Thompson describes how he helped the Jackson Five
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Marshall Thompson talks about his favorite Chi-Lites song
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Marshall Thompson recalls his surprise about the Chi-Lites's unexpected hit song
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Marshall Thompson explains why the Chi-Lites were successful
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Marshall Thompson believes the Chi-Lites's music will continue to be popular
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Marshall Thompson talks about some of his favorite artists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marshall Thompson describes his wife's role in the Chi-Lites's success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marshall Thompson illustrates the Chi-Lites's monetary success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marshall Thompson reflects on the importance of believing in one's talents
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marshall Thompson considers the contributions black people have made to music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marshall Thompson discusses how the discipline of children has changed
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marshall Thompson voices his concerns about young African Americans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marshall Thompson wants to be remembered as a revered entertainer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marshall Thompson gives final advice on the nature of show business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Photo - Marshall Thompson presents a photograph of his wife and manager