Extremely busy keyboardist who rose out of the ashes
of Episode Six, along with John Gustafason and
Mick Underwood, to co-found the bass-drum-organ prog-rock
band, Quatermass. The band, whose name was culled from
a science-fiction program, only released one self-titled album in 1970 and
That same year, Peter played electric piano, organ,
piano, and positive organ on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s soundtrack to Jesus Christ Superstar. He also recorded with Chris Farlowe with The Hill on From Here To Mama Rosa.
Peter went on to join Paul Buckmaster’s
Chitinous Ensemble. They, too, released one eponymous LP
in 1971, on which Peter played electric piano. He also played keyboards on Get Rolling, as part of Chris
Barber’s Travelling Band.
A year later, he recorded Suite
London with The Peddlers, playing keyboards, orchestrating, and
contributing a couple of instrumental compositions,
“Impressions” and “In Juxtaposition”.
A year after that, Peter co-founded Suntreader with Maurice Ross Allyn,
Morris Pert, Robin Thompson, Neville Whitehead, and Yamashita Tsutomu, and
played piano on their 1973 release, Zin-Zin.
Their second album, The Voyage,
went missing for nearly three decades until it was re-discovered,
re-mastered, and released, in 2001.
Peter played keyboards on Bryan Ferry’s 1974
release, Another Time, Another Place. In 1975, Peter briefly re-united
with Pert, playing keyboards on Luminos, Chromosphere, 4 Japanese Verses.
In the mid-‘70s, Peter went on tour with Stanley
Clarke, armed with an ARP String Ensemble, B-3 organ, Fender Rhodes, and
Mini-Moog bass. Some of these
performances on captured on Stanley
Clarke: Live 1976-1977. Peter also appears on Stanley
Clarke’s 1979 release, I Wanna Play For You, once again employing his trusty
ARP string ensemble, keyboards, and synthesizers.
He was briefly involved with the band Go, playing
keyboards on their 1977 release, Go
Too. In the late
‘70s, he joined Brand X, which included Phil Collins, playing
keyboards on 1978’s Masques. He also managed to find time to play
organ and piano on Al Stewart’s Time
Time passed, and Brand X released Product, on which Peter is credited with keyboards,
voice-overs, and gunfire. (We
assume no one was injured.) He
played piano and keyboards on 1979’s Trilogy and Live at the
Bottom Line/Trilogy III, keyboards, synthesizers, and tam-tams on 1980’s Do
They Hurt?, and keyboards on 1982’s Is There Anything About.
This was the beginning of a
collaboration with Collins that would continue with 1981’s Face Value, and lead to one of
Phil’s big solo hits, a remake of Diana Ross & The
Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love”, on which Peter
played glockenspiel, piano, and vibraphone. This was on the Hello, I Must Be Going album, and Peter accompanied Phil on the
subsequent tour, and the No Jacket
Required tour in 1985, highlights of which are available on a DVD of
the same name.
He had also found time to record with Mike Rutherford
in 1982, playing keyboards on Acting
Very Strange, and The Manhattan Transfer, on 1983’s Bodies and Souls.
In the mid-‘80s, he began a creative partnership
with Eric Clapton, playing synthesizer on 1985’s Behind the Sun, which contains the Clapton/Robinson composition
“She’s Waiting”, and performing with Eric at Wembley Arena in London, England. They also appeared together at
Live-Aid, along with Phil Collins on drums and Donald “Duck”
Dunn, performing “Tears in Heaven”.
Peter’s latter-day releases include Eric’s
1988 boxed set, Crossroads,
1998’s Phil Collins …Hits,
1999’s Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton, and
Chris Farlowe’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Soldier – Anthology 1970-2004. He is credited with the string
arrangements on Genesis’s Archive