Artists – P

Pete Seeger

Born in 1919, and immersed in music by his teacher parents, Pete Seeger got his big break in 1940. His parents were helping famous folk team John and Alan Lomax to transcribe songs recorded in the south. Woody Guthrie was persuaded to come to Washington to record them and Seeger accompanied him in the studio. The(...)

Peter & Gordon

Peter Asher (brother of English actress Jane Asher) and Gordon Waller met in 1959 when they were pupils at London's famous Westminster School. As a singing duo strumming acoustic guitars, they topped the UK chart first time out in 1964, courtesy of one Paul McCartney who was dating Peter's sister, Jane, at the time. When he presented them(...)

Peter & The Test Tube Babies

With album titles like Pissed and Proud, The Mating Sounds of South American Frogs and The Loud Blaring Punk Rock LP, Brighton nutters Peter & The Test Tube Babies were the clown princes of the British Punk/Oi! movement. Their singles and EP's had similar titles - Banned From The Pubs, Moped Lads, Up Yer Bum, Zombie Creeping Flesh and Rotting In The Fart Sack for example.(...)

Peter Allen

Born Peter Woolnough in Tenterfield, NSW, Australia in 1942, vocalist/pianist Peter Allen began his musical career at the age of nine, playing piano in a pub in his home town. He first gained local Australian fame when he formed The Allen Brothers with Chris Bell in 1959. The duo performed around Australia, and eventually in(...)

Peter Doyle

Born in 1949, Peter Doyle enjoyed a varied and successful career which took him from Australia to the UK, the USA and back again. He started singing aged nine on the Australian television talent show Swallow's Juniors and by the age of 14 was appearing on Sunday afternoon pop shows at Melbourne's Festival Hall. At 16 he(...)

Peter Frampton

Born in Beckenham, Kent, in 1950, Frampton was an old mate of David Bowie (Frampton's father, Ossie, taught Bowie art at Beckenham Technical School). The first time he played guitar in public was at a Boy Scout variety show when he was eight years old. When he was 16 he joined The Herd, a pop group that(...)

Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers

Originally based in East Anglia (England), The Jaywalkers pre-dated the British Beat Boom but scored a minor hit in 1962 with Can Can '62. Despite an unquestioned competence, their rather stilted act became increasingly anachronistic. They attempted a more contemporary image with several R&B-based releases, including borrowing Where Did Our Love Go? from some obscure American trio called The(...)

Peter Sarstedt

In 1969 Peter Sarstedt recorded one of the 60's most iconic records, Where Do You Go To My Lovely, and sent a follow-up single, Frozen Orange Juice, into the Top 10. But all was not well in his camp: he shunned celebrity and moved to Copenhagen, writing songs but with no interest in releasing and promoting them.

Peter Tosh

Having quit The Wailers and Island Records (he would frequently call the label boss Chris Blackwell, "Chris Whiteworst"), Tosh delivered Legalize It in 1976. The album was less politically focused than Tosh's later work, but listeners loved his exuberance - and the cover image of him in a marijuana field. The album charted at #54 in the(...)

Peter, Paul & Mary

Over the years, the Bob Dylan song Blowin' In The Wind would become the anthem of the civil rights movement and be recorded by literally hundreds of artists. But it was Peter, Paul and Mary who carried it to the world. Put together by manager Albert Grossman (who also looked after Dylan) and led by the soulful Mary Travers, they had(...)

Peters & Lee

At the age of five, Lennie Peters (born Leonard George Sargent) was knocked down by a car and lost the sight of his left eye. Another accident at 16 made him totally blind. He was sunbathing at Hampstead when louts started throwing stones. He went over and told them to pack it up. He lay(...)

Petula Clark

Petula Clark was born in Epsom, Surrey, UK, on 15 November 1932 and was encouraged by her father to seek a career in show business from an early age. Her mother taught her how to sing, and her first "paid" job was for a bag of sweets from Bentalls department store in Kingston-upon-Thames where she(...)


Despite forming in 1971, Chicago-based Pezband were crowned 'Most Promising New Act of the Year' in 1978, primarily because of the resurging interest in power pop music thanks to the skinny tie power pop scene of the late 70s. Like their Midwestern predecessors  The Raspberries, Pezband looked to mid-Sixties British pop to define their style. The group(...)

Phil Collins

Phil Collins was born in Chiswick in 1951. As a young man his father had run away to sea but was ordered back by Collins' grandfather, who insisted he went to work in the City for Sun Alliance Insurance. His mother ran a toy store before helping to start a children's talent agency. At the(...)

Phil Ochs

They said he was as good as Bob Dylan, perhaps even better. For a split-second in time, Phil Ochs probably was. When Dylan alienated his hardcore folk fan-base by famously 'going electric', it was Ochs who was handed Bob's tarnished crown as the king of American protest singers. A king who was destined to be destroyed(...)

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