A musician from Durban, South Africa who first became known to international audiences through his brief stint in the early 1970s as a singer and guitarist for The Beach Boys.
Chaplin was also listed as a co-producer, sang lead vocals with fellow South African musician Ricky Fataar - drummer and composed, with Fataar, "Here She Comes" and "Hold On Dear Brother" on the twenty-third official Beach Boys album, Carl and the Passions - "So Tough", released in 1972.
"Carl & The Passions" was rumored to be the Wilson brothers' band name prior to calling themselves "The Beach Boys". He is well known in recent years as a long term backing vocalist and acoustic rhythm guitar support for the Rolling Stones.
Chaplin sang lead on at least three Beach Boys songs, "Sail On, Sailor".
During the late 1980s Chaplin toured with The Band. Chaplin was also a featured player in former Byrds men Gene Clark and Michael Clarke's new band.
Chaplin has released three solo albums, most recently "Between Us" in 2006.