Musicians Eric Has Worked With
Over his long career performing as a magician and comedian, Eric Thompson has had the opportunity to work with some of the most famous and highly talented performers in show business. Whether the venue is large or small, the audience is of any demographic, or young or old, The Magic & Comedy of Eric Thompson is a perfect fit.
The Magic & Comedy of Eric Thompson has been performed before of a variety of audiences. From a small comedy club seating, only 100 to an auditorium seating more than 600 to a performing arts music hall filled with nearly 3,000 people, Eric’s act can be adapted for any audience or any occasion.
While there are many more musicians than we could list that Eric has shared the stage with, here are just a few of his favorites.
An experimental New Wave band in the early 1980’s, The Waitresses scored several Billboard Magazine top 100 hits during the decade including “I Know What Boys Want,” “Square Pegs” and “Christmas Wrapping.” The band released six albums during their career and found popularity and fame in both the United States and The UK.
With four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for Entertainer of The Year, 63 gold and 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Humperdinck is one of the most successful and famous entertainers in the history of the world. His 60+ years of performing and touring all over the world make him one of the best-selling and most prolific performers ever. He has sold more than one hundred million albums.
As part of the folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, Peter Yarrow has a performance and political activist resume too long to list. He is a member of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and has performed for over fifty years and on every continent. Yarrow’s recordings have sold several million copies. His music has touched millions of lives and provided the soundtrack to the Civil Rights Movement and helped to end the Vietnam War.
This is a photo of Eric with award-winning rock & roll musician Michael Stanley. It was taken backstage on New Year's Eve, 1986, at The Front Row Theater in Highland Heights, (Cleveland) Ohio. Eric performed for members of the band, the crew, their friends and family backstage following the sold out concert.
The Michael Stanley Band formed in 1974 with singer-songwriter–lead guitarist Jonah Koslen, former Glass Harp bassist Daniel Pecchio and drummer Tommy Dobeck from the band Circus. By 1982 the group had evolved into a seven-piece band. MSB released well over a dozen studio albums and a few live albums. The band saw seven single from those albums reach the Billboard Top 100 charts during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their biggest hit was the 47th video played on the very first day that MTV debuted in August of 1981.
Stanley recorded a few solo albums as well. One of the records featured fellow musicians Bill Szymczyk of The Eagles, guitarist and singer Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, J. Geils, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills, and jazz great David Sanborn, among others. This early album led to Stanley's feature on a Don Kirshner's Rock Concert network television show.
In addition to his busy schedule of radio, television and charitable fundraising, Stanley continues to tour regionally as Michael Stanley & The Resonators.
With Grammy, Emmy and Academy Awards, Kenny Loggins is one of the most recognized names in music history. From his early days with Loggins & Messina to his legendary solo career, his more than twenty album releases and tens of millions of albums sold show his talent and popularity with fans for more than forty years.
In March of 2005, Eric had the opportunity to perform for Musician Harry Manx at The Hippodrome in northeast Ohio.
Harry Manx is a musician who blends blues, folk music, and Hindu classical music, blending Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, gospel, and some compelling grooves. Manx has mastered the electric, acoustic, 12-string & slide guitars, harmonica, six-string banjo, Mohan veena and the stomp box.
He has released more than a dozen critically acclaimed albums and is a favorite with fans in Canada, The United States, Japan, India, and Europe. Manx regularly tours and performs across the globe, with a concentration in his native Canada.
His addictive music and compelling lyrics are a favorite of critics, earning him wide recognition and many awards, including seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005 for Best Solo Artist, CBC Radio’s “Great Canadian Blues Award” in 2007 and The Independent Music Award nomination.
Beasley is often referred to as “a musical renaissance man” by fans and peers alike. He is an acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, and best-selling contemporary jazz recording artist. Walter has released more than fifteen albums since 1990 and has earned many awards including Outstanding Jazz Artist, Jazz Album Of The Year, and scored many Billboard Top 20 hits with his music. He is one of the best-selling saxophonists in the world and has recorded and performed with the top names in the history of music.
Prolific and versatile acoustic guitarist and songwriter Peter White has released 15 solo albums since 1990. Prior to that, White collaborated with rock singer and songwriter Al Stewart for many years. He co-wrote and recorded several albums with Stewart including “Time Passages” and the multi-million selling album “Year Of The Cat.” Peter White has numerous awards including Smooth Jazz Musician Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Guitarist four years in a row. Over the years he has collaborated with Queen, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, Grover Washington Jr., Dave Koz, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Al Jarreau, Bob James, David Sanborn and a host of others. His work has sold millions of copies over four decades.
Known in jazz circles as “The First Lady Of The Flute.” She is one of the best-selling female artists in the fusion, jazz-funk and soul-jazz styles With more than one dozen solo albums featuring her performances with such musical greats as Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Bob James, Duke Ellington, among others, Bobbi has solidified her standing as one of the most talented and sought after jazz performers of her time. Playing concerts before sold out crowds at Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theater, The Hollywood Bowl, Monteux Jazz Festival, Russian River Jazz Festival and theaters and arenas around the world has earned her much recognition from the likes of Ebony Magazine, Billboard Magazine, Grammy Award Nominations and numerous jazz awards.
Peaches & Herb
The disco and soul inspired vocal duet of Peaches & Herb recorded and had top ten hits with many songs including “Groove Thing,” “Close Your Eyes,” “I Pledge My Love” and their monster ballad hit “Reunited.”
Sly & The Family Stone
The funk and rock band gained wide popularity in the late 1960’s with a string of hits including “Dance To The Music,” “Different Strokes,” “Everyday People” and “Thank You (falletinme be mice elf, agin).” The band was named by Rolling Stone Magazine #43 of the top 100 greatest artists of all time.
Amanda Beagle is an amazingly talented soprano. Her career has taken her around the world performing in musical theater productions from Lincoln Center in New York City to extensive tours crisscrossing Europe and the Mediterranean as a featured vocalist and performer in the Holland America Showroom at Sea productions. She studied and performed Italian opera at a prestigious school in Lucca, Italy. Amanda won the title of Miss Ohio in 2004 and while she did not win the Miss America pageant she did win the talent award. She regularly tours the United States performing in a variety of venues including stock theater and festivals as well as successfully coaching voice and pageant students. Her debut best selling CD featured her amazing vocal talents on Broadway musical works. She also recorded a Christmas CD that was critically acclaimed and sold well.
Contemporary Jazz impresario Mindi Abair two time Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist, vocalist, writer & producer. She is a proud National Trustee for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Mind attended The University of North Florida jazz program before transferring to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1991. By that time she was already earning a living playing in several jazz and rock bands.
Her solo career has seen her create nearly a dozen solo albums, producing ten #1 radio singles, two #1 Billboard Jazz CDs, and four more solo CDs that have landed #5 and above on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. Her work has bed rewarded with numerous honors including Grammy Awards. She has collaborated with dozens of wildly talented artists on scores of recordings, radio and TV appearances.
Eric opened for Mindi Abair as part of "The Peter White: I Can't Wait For Christmas" concert series at The Tangiers Supper Club. Since 1948, some of the greatest entertainment in northeast Ohio has been featured on the stage at The World-Famous Cabaret, The Tangiers has been a local showplace for top-name entertainers such as Tina Turner, The Temptations, Charlie Daniels, The Righteous Brothers, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, and So many more. To have performed on the stage shared by so many superstars of entertainment is an honor Eric will never forget.
The Legends Of Folk (Jim Gill, Jim Ballard, Tim Cole, Alex Bevan)
Jim Gill has shared the stage with legendary musical geniuses of folk and jazz, including Tommy James & The Shondells, Mary Gauthier and Michael Stanley. He has won songwriting competitions in Texas, Pennsylvania and toured extensively through the Midwest and New England. He has been invited to be a featured performer at the Village Folk Festival. Jim has released more than a half dozen albums during his career. Jim Ballard wrote music, recorded albums and toured for over thirty years, working with Gordon Lightfoot, Pete Seeger, Pure Prarie League, Poco, 10,000 Maniacs among others. The audience response to his twelfth album release, Ask John Steinbeck, was so posititve that he has returned to touring and live performance to mostly sold out venues. Over the last five decades, Tim Cole has been creating new and exciting art for both the eye as well as the ears. He has collaborated with scores of legendary folk, rock and jazz artists throught the years. Tim is perhaps best known as the drummer of the high energy theatrical 1970’s rock & roll act Molkie Cole. Their shows rivaled that of glam rockers Ziggy Stardust, T Rex, Mott The Hoople and Kiss. They had legions of fans and toured extensively throughout the Midwest and eastern corridor. He has recorded many solo albums and is constantly in demand to appear on recordings with other musicians. Alex Bevan is an Emmy and Grammy award winning musician and singer. He has released more than two dozen albums and shared to stage with Jimmy Buffet, The Clash, Billy Joel, Doobie Brothers, Hall & Oates, and scores of other great musicians. He has constantly toured since the early 1970’s. His hits include Grand River Lullaby, Skinny Little Boy From Cleveland Ohio and dozens more.
The Spinners are a rhythm and blues vocal group that formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1954. They enjoyed a string of hit singles during the 1960s and 1970s. The group released nearly three dozen albums throughout their seven decade career. With hits like “I’ll Be Around,” “One of A Kind Love Affair,” “Then Came You” (with Dionne Warwick, “Games People Play,” “Rubber Band Man,” “Working My Way Back To You Girl,” “Cupid,” and so many others, The Spinners have been recording albums since the 1950s and touring for more than sixty five years. They were nominated to The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2015 and elected to The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.