He is an English singer-songwriter, guitarist,
producer and album cover designer who started his life in music after
picking up a guitar when he was 14.
He put together The Cosmopolitans who performed gigs
at local parties and later changed their name to The Cosmos with changes to
their line-up. He began
songwriting after suffering a broken heart and wrote “I’ve Been
Crying” which became a Top 40 hit for Denny Mitchell & The
Soundsations and later became a bigger hit in France for Gerard Brent where
it was known as “Pas de Larmes”. He formed a new band in 1964 known
as The Chances but even though they had a single taken on by Decca, they
didn’t get anywhere with it.
After another unsuccessful single he decided to put together yet
another band, this time called The Jeeps, but still nothing great would
He took up various jobs at Strike Records and wrote
more songs, sometimes in collaboration with other songwriters such as Mark
Barkan. After J.J.
Jackson recorded their song “But It’s Alright” he
achieved success when it hit No. 1 in America. He then saw another hit when The
Pretty Things recorded “Come See Me” and a further one when
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich recorded his “Here’s a
Heart”. He became
acquainted with Roy Harper and after using Pierre’s double garage as
a studio, the album Sophisticated
Beggar was released.
He then gets the credit for discovering Carl Douglas
who he wrote several songs with.
Carl would later become known for his hit “Kung Fu
formed another band called The Silence and they were given a contract in
America with Red Bird Records for their “Hey You Lolita”. Strike Records folded but luckily
Pierre managed to retain his and Roy Harper’s copyrights. Next he went to work at United
Artists and became the producer of the soundtrack for The Charge of the
He later went on to quite a career when he was
involved in the production of Hair, signed the Average White Band
who were then known as The Scots of St. James, became the first western
producer to carry out work in Hungary with the band Fonograph and produced
and wrote for countless artists.
Other hits he managed to achieve during these years include “Fool”
by Al Matthews and “Right Back Where We Started From” which was
a huge hit for Maxine Nightingale.
As if all this wasn’t enough for him, he took to
designing album covers. So
popular were these cover designs that he has done over 1,000 to date and
for a diverse range of artists and groups that include Fred Astaire,
Shirley Bassey, Busby Berkeley, Canned Heat, Vicky Carr, Creedence
Clearwater Revival, Bing Crosby, Jackie DeShannon, Dr. Feelgood, The
Flaming Groovies, Hawkwind, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bobby Vee, The
Ventures and Slim Whitman.
After leaving UA he started to write jingles for many
television adverts and enjoyed seeing his songs being featured in many
movies that include The American Way, Slapshot, The
Slums of Beverly Hills, Soul Survivors, Starsky & Hutch and The
World is Full of Married Men.
In 1986 he and the musician Del Grace established the
recording studio Universal sound where many artists have since
recorded. In more recent years
“But It’s All Right” has garnered him 5 awards and the
version by Huey Lewis & The New is now one of the most regularly aired
in the US. The singer Sinitta
released “Right Back Where we Started From” which brought this
song to the fore again too and he has released a CD of his early works
entitled Pierre’s Plastic Dream.