Who is Chris Hattingh?



   Chris Hattingh is a guitarist/author living in Florida. Chris started playing drums at age 12, and switched to guitar at age 22. After playing professionally for several years Chris enrolled at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduation he went out on the road with a long string of bands, some unknown and some well known. Through the years he has been featured in many magazines and newspapers, including Guitar Player, Jam, Bam, Guitar, The Natal Mercury, The Bloomington Herald, Hot Potato, Buzz, etc. Chris’s music has received airplay in California, Indiana, Florida, Germany, Finland, Brazil, Australia, South Africa and the UK.

  A partial list of artists that Chris has opened concerts for includes John Mellencamp, Jefferson Starship, Head East, 38 Special, Elvin Bishop, Edgar Winter, Humble Pie, Henry Lee Summer and many others. During an 18-month stint as drummer in the house band at the Little Nashville Opry, Chris also got to open up for just about every major country act imaginable - including Alabama. Dolly Parton, The Judds, The Mandrell Sisters, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Emmy Lou Harris, Tammy Wynette, Crystal Gayle, Flatt & Scruggs, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Junior, Neil Diamond, B.J. Thomas, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Reed, Charlie Pride, Ronnie Milsap, John Anderson, "Whispering" Bill Anderson, Mel Tillis, The Bellamy Brothers, Slim Whitman, Boxcar Willie, Ricky Scaggs, The Statler Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Dean and many more. Some of the bigger stages Chris has played on include the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, IN, the 1990 Disney World Jamstand festival in Orlando, FL, the 1992 US Hot Air Balloon Championships in Baton Rouge, LA, the 2000 MOTM festival in Key West, FL, Fish Stock 2000 in Punta Gorda, FL, and SeaFest 2001 and 2002 in Cape Canaveral, FL.


   His musical influences are many - some of the more important ones include Jimi Hendrix, Richie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, John McLaughlin, Al di Meola, Larry Carlton, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, George Benson, Eddie van Halen, Eric Johnson and Jim Reindel. At present Chris is focusing on writing and recording his own material. He has several solo albums available on which he plays all the instruments.

A Partial Discography:

1997 – Music For a World That’s Burned – Chris Hattingh (TGIF Productions)

1999 – Shred Head – Chris Hattingh (TGIF Productions)

2000 – Baghavad Guitar – Chris Hattingh (TGIF Productions)

2001 – Diginet Guitar Masters – Chris Hattingh (Diginet Music)

2002 - Diginet Guitar Masters 2002 – Chris Hattingh (Diginet Music)

2002 - Guitarmageddon - compilation featuring Gus G. (Diginet Music)

2002 – Maximum Velocity – G5 Summit (Fossil Records)

2002 – Warmth In The Wilderness – compilation featuring Steve Vai (Lion Music)

2002 – Too Dumb To Quit – Too Old To Rock (TGIF Productions)

2004 – Heavy Humidity – Chris Hattingh (Island Music Productions)
2005 – Unplugged & Toothless – Too Old To Rock (Island Music Productions)


Chris passed away suddenly on December 24, 2013 while visiting family and friends in his native South Africa. His obituary can be read here: