December 27, 2011, - 2:16 pm

Weird: Mannheim Steamroller’s Creepy Leader

By Debbie Schlussel

Sometimes the most creative people are also among the very creepy.  And that seems to be the case with Mannheim Steamroller founder Chip Davis. As you probably know, Mannheim Steamroller is the band that plays synthesizer/techno versions of Christmas music favored by Rush Limbaugh and has sold over 28 million Christmas albums, bringing Davis much wealth, and all its accoutrements, including his own private plane and several luxe homes. Nothing wrong with that, but read on.


Mannheim Steamroller’s Chip Davis: Everyone’s in the Pic, Except the Two Concubines

As I’ve told you before, I enjoy reading the Wall Street Journal’s “Home Front” page, which is in the Friday section, each week.  It’s usually almost an entire page and typically describes an unusual–and usually expensive–home and what inspired the owners to build it and/or decorate it that way.  It delves into the particular home’s unique architecture and design.  This past Friday, presumably in honor of Christmas, the Home Front article  focused on Davis and his Omaha, Nebraska mansion on a spread of 150 acres.  The description of the home was interesting, but then he volunteered this information to the Journal reporter:

Married and divorced four times, Mr. Davis currently has two long-distance female companions who visit separately, he said.


Weird. And not sure how this info has anything to do with the structure or design of the house. Yes, he’s single, but it’s an odd thing to offer up when a female Wall Street Journal reporter is there to write about your house.  Perhaps, this guy is such a geek he feels the need to brag about what a stud he thinks he is to two gold-digger concubines. Maybe he’s upset that he’s not regarded as a “rock star” and wants to impress upon the world that he lives the “rock star life” even in his middle age.

Regardless of the reason for volunteering this info, it’s creepy. And not a great example, since the 64-year-old Davis has three kids, aged 12-20, who live with him. It’s not exactly the kind of bragging you expect to hear from someone who makes his living off of Christmas music.

It’s yet more information I didn’t need to know in our TMI world–TMI, now no longer restricted to teens and 20-somethings on Facebook, but creepy middle aged men with money who should know better and probably should keep their personal lives to themselves.

Davis has a number of products, including barbecue sauce and hot cocoa with the Mannheim Steamroller name on them. He told NBC it’s all about “branding.” So, when do the Mannheim Steamrolled Condoms arrive at a store near you?

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15 Responses

Rush most likely favors that music because of his hearing impairment. I suspect you’re correct about him feeling the need to be boastful about his groupies …

Mike Fisher on December 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    DS, you got it PERFECTLY! (I get annoyed by the same things (such as this) as you do.)

    “Perhaps, this guy is such a geek he feels the need to brag about what a stud he thinks he is to two gold-digger concubines. Maybe he’s upset that he’s not regarded as a “rock star” and wants to impress upon the world that he lives the “rock star life” even in his middle age.”

    Exactly! Thanks for posting this. I always wanted his Halloween stuff but I will skip it now because I do not want to support this dork.

    And like you said he his single (but being married 4 times and having TWO quasi-shack-ups is a horrible experience for his kids) and can take advantage and use two dumb, silly females if he wants to even though we are not impressed.

    Me, if I am gonna idolize a “rock star” I am gonna make sure he’s gonna be a bona fide “rock star” not some goofy dork and his two, damaged “cougars” who like the money more than the man and whore themselves out. It’s called not being capable of a HEALTHY, adult relationship. His 4 failed marriages and his two silly bims prove it. And Chip Davis, that ain’t NOTHING to brag about!

    Skunky on December 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm

“Mannheim Steamroller’s Chip Davis: Everyone’s in the Pic, Except the Two Concubines”

Hmm…are you certain? How do you know who’s under the Santa and Gingerbread Man costumes?

I actually like synthpop, but never really got into Mannheim Steamroller. Synthpop and techno artists tend to draw from the nerds of the music world though, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he feels a need to brag here. Still trying to prove himself against the jocks that gave him swirlies fifty years ago most likely.

Brian R. on December 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Rush turned his audience on to MS long before he had a hearing impairment. Don’t quite understand your comment.

JeffT on December 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Long before Mannheim Steamroller, Chip Davis was known as a co-writer and co-producer for C.W. McCall (remember him?) of “Convoy” fame.

But as for Christmas numbers – on some, I am very particular. The Harry Simeone Chorale’s original 1958 20th-Fox Records recording of “The Little Drummer Boy” . . . Bing Crosby’s 1963 “Do You Hear What I Hear?” . . . Gene Autry’s 1949 “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” . . .

ConcernedPatriot on December 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I am curious if this fool practices some form of Islam where you can have numerous women.

Confederate South on December 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Debbie that’s the worst X-mas music I’ve ever heard, a real cacophony. In my previous life, during the first Clinton administration, I briefly had overlapping girlfriends. One I might have married but she was only 1/4th Jewish on the wrong side. She was beautiful and cool and her sister had weed but I couldn’t go through with it. I was just too Jewish. She got married years later and refused my Facebook friend request.

A1 on December 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I’m not a ditto-head and am mainly familiar with Mannheim Steamroller product as something that gets a lot of use in all the figure skating television specials that always pop up throughout December. How this Chip Davis character chooses to conduct his personal life is of no interest or consequence to me.

What I mainly take away from this article is that he has been married almost as many times as Rush Limbaugh, which may or may not have something to do with the latter’s fondness for the former.

Irving on December 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Not really sure why his personal life was mentioned. Because even if he did say it, for what ever reason, why did Candance Jackson put it in her article?

I think it’s funny that everyone immediately jumps saying that they are gold-diggers and whores. Those are big assumptions from so few details.

petebone on December 27, 2011 at 7:37 pm

It was all code for “I’m not gay.” Sometimes geeky guys have to overcompensate and let you know about their girlfriend(s) because they are afraid people think they are gay. Let’s see, married and divorced four times, lives with all kinds of eccentric stuff and lots of pets, is a genuine Mr. Mom, makes a career out of Christmas music, Martha Stewart meets Liberace?

RCCA on December 28, 2011 at 12:59 am

Mike Fisher, JeffT is correct – Rush used to promote Mannheim Steamrollers years before he had any hearing impediment. And I like the music as well, but then again, I like the music of several rock stars whose political views I loathe.

Problem w/ too many conservatives, including Rush, Newt, is that w/ all the divorces and marriages they’ve gone through, they’ve lost all credibility on the family values argument. At least, Debbie’s been single all her life, which is far far better than all those marriages. If I’m going to hear from people regarding family values, it had better be from a monogamous person who’s never been divorced, or a single person. But not a harem collector.

Infidel on December 28, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Never cared for them. And the albums are far too expensive for the quality.

    But gee, another scumbag artist? No surprise.

    Name the two nicest, most decent actors besides Ronaldus Magnus. Answer: Gary Sinise and GENERAL JIMMY STEWART. The rest? You’ll hear a long whistling down a moral crevice.

    JS Bach, seemingly alone among composers, lived a virtuous life. He also was the best.

    Occam's Tool on December 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I work at Burger King making flame broiled whoppers I wear paper hats

AnusPresley on December 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm

If you are a musician and need money, make a christmas album the christians will buy your album just because you sign christmas songs.

They don’t know the real meaning behind christmas.

INFINITE on December 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I am one of Chip’s sons close friends, none of this bulllshit is true. This woman got her facts wrong, and was almost brought into court for this false information. People like her deserve to be homeless, she should do a proper interview before making claims such as he has two girlfriends abroad

Nick on March 28, 2013 at 11:52 am

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