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Charlie Colin’s ‘ol’ buddy’ from high school shares an emotional tribute to the Train band member: ‘I am a little too sad for words’

  • Longtime friend of late musician penned tribute to him amid news of his death 
  • Gregory J. Chamberlain said that he watched Colin hone his craft as a musician when they were both high school students 
  • Chamberlain wrote of the tragic news: ‘All I can say is I am devastated’

A longtime friend of late Train bassist Charlie Colin is paying tribute to the musician following his death at the age of 58. 

‘All I can say is I am devastated,’ Gregory J. Chamberlain, a businessman based out of Texas, posted a statement on his website on Wednesday paying tribute to his late friend. ‘I am a little too sad for words.’

‘I first met Charlie when I was a senior in high school and he was a freshman,’ Chamberlain said. ‘His sister was the one who introduced us, and she had hoped I could hang out with him and bring him up to speed on a musical level. 

‘I was invited to their house to meet where we jammed and hit it off, immediately.’

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Chamberlain said that ‘at the time, [Colin’s] primary instrument was guitar and mine was the electric and upright bass, which Charlie also became interested in, so I taught him everything I could.’

A longtime friend of late Train bassist Charlie Colin is paying tribute to the musician following his death at the age of 58. The artist was pictured in October of 2013 in LA

A longtime friend of late Train bassist Charlie Colin is paying tribute to the musician following his death at the age of 58. The artist was pictured in October of 2013 in LA 

Chamberlain said that ‘it was not long after that, when I had convinced Charlie’s mom the virtues of soundproofing their garage and turning it into a rehearsal studio, that it became a reality almost overnight.’

Chamberlain said that Colin ‘grew into a world class songwriter, guitarist and bassist’ and ‘had a great many other talents, including but not limited to being a world class painter and sculptor.’

Chamberlain wrapped up his post in saying, ‘I could easily write a few chapters on knowing Charlie and his family and wide circle of friends.

‘But for now, I am a little too sad for words. Rest in Peace ol’ buddy! See you on the other side!’

Colin was a founding member of the band Train with Pat Monahan, Rob Hotchkiss, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood.

The group is best known for their 2001 hit Drops of Jupiter, with other notable singles such as 1998’s Meet Virginia, 2003’s Calling All Angels and 2009’s Hey, Soul Sister.

The band paid tribute to its late member in a post Wednesday afternoon, penned in first person; it was unclear if the tribute on behalf of the musical ensemble was written by lead singer Monahan or another member.

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‘When I met Charlie Colin, front left, I fell in love with him,’ the post began. ‘He was THE sweetest guy and what a handsome chap. Let’s make a band that’s the only reasonable thing to do.

Gregory J. Chamberlain, a businessman based out of Texas, paid tribute to the late musician

Gregory J. Chamberlain, a businessman based out of Texas, paid tribute to the late musician

Colin (L) was seen in Train's music video for its 2001 hit Drops of Jupiter alongside vocalist Pat Monahan

Colin (L) was seen in Train’s music video for its 2001 hit Drops of Jupiter alongside vocalist Pat Monahan

Colin was a founding member of the band Train with Pat Monahan, Rob Hotchkiss, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood

Colin was a founding member of the band Train with Pat Monahan, Rob Hotchkiss, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood 

The band paid tribute to its late member in a post Wednesday afternoon, penned in first person; it was unclear if the tribute on behalf of the musical ensemble was written by Monahan or another member

The band paid tribute to its late member in a post Wednesday afternoon, penned in first person; it was unclear if the tribute on behalf of the musical ensemble was written by Monahan or another member

Colin’s ‘unique bass playing and beautiful guitar work helped get folks to notice us in SF and beyond,’ the band said. ‘I’ll always have a warm place for him in my heart. I always tried to pull him closer but he had a vision of his own.

The post concluded, ‘You’re a legend, Charlie. Go charm the pants off those angels.’

The tribute came after Colin’s mother confirmed to TMZ that the musician was found dead at a home in Brussels, Belgium that he was staying at as a housesitting favor.

Colin’s mother told the outlet that her son’s passing came ‘after he slipped and fell in the shower’ and that ‘no one found Charlie until his friends returned home’ from a trip last week.

Colin’s mother said her son had been in Europe for multiple professional endeavors, including working as an educator at a conservatory, as well as a music studio.

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