Artists – P

Pearl Jam

Edward Louis Severson III was born in Evanston, a northern suburb of Chicago, on 23 December 1966. The eldest of four stepbrothers, it was years before he discovered his real name. His mother, Karen Lee Vedder had separated from his biological father, a lounge musician named Edward Louis Severson Jnr when Eddie was still a(...)

Pearls Before Swine

Led by lisping singer and poet/lyricist Tom Rapp, Pearls Before Swine formed in 1965 and wrote and recorded a number of songs which they sent to the avant-garde ESP label in New York. They were quickly signed up, and recorded their debut album One Nation Underground (1967). Their second album, Balaklava (1968), was as vehement a condemnation of Vietnam as any posturing protest(...)

Peddlers, The

The Peddlers formed in Manchester in April 1964, as a trio of Roy Phillips (vocals and guitar), Tab Martin (bass) and Trevor Morais (drums, previously of Faron's Flamingos and Rory Storm and the Hurricanes). Their first performance together was at the CIS building in Manchester where Roy Orbison, Wayne Fontana and Herman’s Hermits were also on(...)

Pel Mel

Newcastle (Australia) band Pel Mel initially restricted their performances to occasional gigs on the Sydney inner-city circuit, plus some plum supports for touring artists like The Fall and New Order. Their first single, No Word From China, independently financed on their own Primate label, received rave reviews. With the release of their debut album, Out Of Reason (1983)(...)


Under their own steam Pendragon released half a dozen albums between 1985 (The Jewel) and 2001 (Not Of This World). Their first two albums offered a variation on the 1980s Brit prog rock theme. Subsequently The World (1991), The Window Of Life (1993), The Masquerade Overture (1996) and Not Of This World adhered to the same basic formula - with a minor tweak(...)


In 1977, following exposure to The Sex Pistols, Penetration sprang out of Durham pit village Ferryhill only to find themselves allergic to the music industry. Guitarist Gary Chaplin left in March 1978 and was replaced by Neal Floyd. Fred Purser joined as lead guitarist in July, drawing ludicrous criticism from some quarters that the band(...)

Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Royal Academy of Music alumni and freelance pop music arranger Simon Jeffes had a varied client base. Everything from Caravan albums to Sid Vicious's My Way were to benefit from his scores. His inspiration for the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, though, came from a more oblique source . . . The conceptual base for Penguin Cafe Orchestra revealed itself(...)

Penguins, The

Pentangle, The

Boasting two acoustic guitar masters, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, a virtuoso rhythm section (comprising drummer Terry Cox and bassist Danny Thompson) and the pure unsullied voice of Jacqui McShee, The Pentangle had plenty going for them. In keeping with the spirit of the times, they were experimental too, throwing jazz and blues elements into(...)

Peppermint Trolley Company, The

The group hailed from Redlands in California, making their recording debut in 1965 as The Mark 5 and continued to record under various aliases including The C Minors and The Intercoms before recording their first single, Lollipop Train as Peppermint Trolley Company. With line-up changes and a few further failed releases, producer Dan Dolton had(...)

Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge was born in Leighton, Alabama, in November 1941 and was working as a hospital orderly in 1965 when his former music teacher asked him to sing at a Christmas party. He hadn't sung in years, but the gig paid $50 so Sledge agreed to do it. Performing with bassist Cameron Lewis and organist(...)

Pere Ubu

Pere Ubu (the name came from a cruel and crude character in the absurdist 1890s stage play, Uhu Roi, by Alfred Jarry) formed in Cleveland in 1975 and went through record labels at an astonishing rate, taking in Radar, Chrysalis, and Mercury en route to their liaison with Rough Trade. And their albums - Dub Housing, New Picnic(...)

Perry Como

Perry Como was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and worked as a barber before he embarked on a career in show business in the 1930s. His first major singing job was with The Ted Weems Band in the late 1930s. In the six years he performed with the Weems band, Como made many hit recordings, including(...)

Pet Shop Boys

Neil Tennant, the assistant editor of UK pop magazine Smash Hits met keyboard player Chris Lowe in a music shop in London in 1981 and discussed forming a band called the Pet Shop Boys (the name takes its inspiration from a couple of friends of Tennant and Lowe who owned a pet shop in Ealing, West London).(...)

Pete Myers – ‘The Mad Daddy’

Pete Myers (aka "The Mad Daddy") was the wildest Disc Jockey from America's golden age of Rock & Roll radio - a cat who drove around in a pink Pontiac wearing a Dracula cape and 'Batty Bucks' (bat-winged sneakers). The greatest scientist of the 20th Century, Albert Einstein, was estimated to have had an IQ(...)

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