Peter Beckett – Lead Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Producer and Original founding member of Player.
Peter Beckett was born on August 10, 1948, in the Aigburth section of Liverpool, England. As a youth, he would sneak into The Cavern lunchtime sessions to listen to the local bands. One day a young band called the Beatles performed and Peter was hooked. He got a cheap guitar and taught himself to play, and by the time he was 17 he was touring Britain and Europe with his first professional band, The Thoughts.
He moved to London, and after some success with the British progressive band Paladin, he was invited to come to the United States to form a group called Skyband. That band was short-lived, but during a Hollywood party, he met J.C. Crowley. They began writing songs together. A short time later they were joined by Ronn Moss and John Friesen, and Player was born.
In January 1978, the band had an international number one hit with their first single “Baby Come Back”, which was co-written and sung by Beckett. The self- titled album went platinum and the band toured extensively. These classic outings included Boz Scagg’s Down Two Then Left Tour, Eric Clapton’s Slowhand Tour, Heart’s Dog & Butterfly Tour, and Kenny Loggin’s Nightwatch Tour, playing always to sold-out arena audiences. Four albums followed rendering four more top forty singles, including “This Time I’m In It For Love” which reached number ten on Billboard’s top 100 chart.
Peter Beckett has written hit songs for many artists including: Heart, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rodgers, The Temptations, Poco, Janet Jackson, The Commodores, Cliff Richards, Survivor, Grace Slick, and more recently Vanessa Hudgens of “High School Musical” fame.
He has also garnered many movie credits as artist, producer and/or writer. These include: The Karate Kid, Two of a Kind, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Major League, St Elmo’s Fire (Grammy Nomination), Frankie and Johnny, Rock Star, Terminator 3, Basic, Beyond Borders, Life or Something Like It, Dirty Dancing 2 and Transformers to name a few.
Written and produced by Peter, Player‘s last CD “Too Many Reasons” was released on Frontiers Records in 2013.