Charles Gillingham

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Charles Gillingham
Background information
Birth name Charles Thomas Gillingham
Born (1960-01-12) January 12, 1960 (age 59)
Torrance, CA
Occupation(s) musician
Instruments keyboards, organ, piano, accordion
Associated acts Counting Crows
American Music Club

Charles "Charlie" Thomas Gillingham (born January 12, 1960 in Torrance, California) is a keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist best known for his performance on the Hammond B-3 organ, accordion, piano, and keyboards for the band Counting Crows. He has also played the bass guitar in live shows during certain songs with the band.


Gillingham attended Richard Henry Dana Junior High in San Pedro, California, and also attended Miraleste High School in Rancho Palos Verdes his sophomore, junior and senior year. He was a member of Slip Stream, Clark, Kent, and the Reporters, Midnight Radio, Zip Code Revue, and played keyboards on Train's 1998 debut album.

In 2004, Gillingham was nominated for an Oscar as co-composer of the song "Accidentally In Love". He was put forward in the category Academy Award for Best Original Song with his fellow songwriters Adam Duritz, Jim Bogios, David Immerglück, Matt Malley, David Bryson and Dan Vickrey.[1] The track was used in the film Shrek 2.

Gillingham studied philosophy and artificial intelligence at University of California, Berkeley.[2][3] Before entering the music industry, he worked as a software engineer in the field of artificial intelligence.[4]

Involvement with American Music Club

Gillingham played piano on American Music Club's 1989 album United Kingdom.


  1. IMDb Academy Award details
  2. "Hey, Mr Jones!". Rolling Stone. June 30, 1994. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  3. Rolling Stone article under the cut at the bottom of the picture
  4. "Frequently Asked Questions". Another Fallen Satellite--A Tribute To Counting Crows. Retrieved August 1, 2014.