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Pete Wingfield
Birth nameWilliam Peter Wingfield
Born (1948-05-07) 7 May 1948 (age 75) [1]
Liphook, Hampshire, England [2]
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • producer
  • songwriter
Instrument(s)
  • Keyboards
  • vocals

William Peter Wingfield (born 7 May 1948) is an English record producer, keyboard player, songwriter, singer and music journalist.

Career

Whilst at Sussex University, Wingfield and three other students formed the group Jellybread. In 1969, he played keyboards and sang on their First Slice album, which was produced by Mike Vernon for the Blue Horizon label. [3]

In the 1970s, Wingfield was a specialist in soul music and regularly contributed articles and reviews to the monthly journals, Let It Rock and Melody Maker. As a performer, he played with the British soul band Olympic Runners, and Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes.

In 1971, Wingfield played the piano on the B.B. King in London album, and in the following year received similar credits for Seventy-Second Brave, the Keef Hartley Band album. Wingfield played keyboards on Bryn Haworth's 1974 album, Let the Days Go By and on his 1975 follow-up Sunny Side of the Street. In 1983, Wingfield played keyboards on Haworth's album, Pass It On. He also played on several albums by Colin Blunstone including his 1974 album Journey. [4]

"Eighteen with a Bullet"

Wingfield hit the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic in 1975 with "Eighteen with a Bullet," a pastiche doo-wop number involving wordplay on hit record chart positions—a bullet, in record-chart parlance, referring to a song still selling strongly and/or moving up the charts. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 23 August 1975. [5] On the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending 22 November 1975, the tune lived up to its name by charting at no. 18, with a bullet. The song peaked at no. 15 a week later. [1] It also reached no. 7 in the UK Singles Chart. [6] while peaking at no. 31 on the Australian charts in late 1975. [7] The song was Wingfield's only charting single in the UK or Australia, or on the American Hot 100; however, the follow-up, "Lovin' As You Wanna Be", made it to no. 108 in the US.

"Eighteen with a Bullet" featured on the only album Wingfield released, Breakfast Special, on Island label and also in 1975. A follow-up album, Love Bumps and Dizzy Spells, was never released. [8]

"Eighteen with a Bullet" later featured on the soundtrack to the 1998 film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

"Eighteen with a Bullet" is the official theme song of the 18th Street gang. [9]

Later career

He played piano for the Alan Parsons rhythm section at Abbey Road Studios, with Pete Moss on bass guitar, for Dexys Midnight Runners and Paul McCartney.

In 1977, his song "Making a Good Thing Better" appeared on Olivia Newton-John's album of the same name. [1] In 1978, he wrote an amusing cult dance hit for Patti LaBelle titled "Eyes in the Back of My Head", featured on her Tasty album. Wingfield also played keyboards with The Hollies during this period (1975-1980). In 1980, he produced Searching for the Young Soul Rebels the first album by Dexys Midnight Runners. [1] In the 1980s, Wingfield teamed with the film producer Mel Brooks, and co-wrote the songs "It's Good to Be the King" and " To Be or Not to Be". In 1985, he produced the Kane Gang's debut album Bad and Lowdown World of the Kane Gang. [10] Three years later his production credits appeared on The Proclaimers UK Top 20 hit " I'm Gonna Be" and their album Sunshine on Leith.

The Pasadenas 1988 song "Tribute (Right On)" was written by Wingfield. [11]

Wingfield played with Van Morrison at the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival, which was one of the two shows featured on Morrison's first DVD (2006). Several years later, Wingfield also did a summer tour of Europe with Morrison's band, featuring the songs from the latter's 1979 album, Into the Music. Beginning with their 1983 reunion shows, Wingfield spent 18 years handling keyboard duties for The Everly Brothers. [1]

He also played on sessions for The Housemartins, Level 42, The Beautiful South, Van Morrison, Interview, Jimmy Witherspoon, Freddie King, Buddy Guy and Paul McCartney on his Run Devil Run album. [1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Eder, Bruce. "Pete Wingfield – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Albums by Pete Wingfield". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  3. ^ Jellybread (1 October 2001). "Jellybread – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Journey - Colin Blunstone | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  5. ^ Billboard 19 September 1998, The Branding of the Hot 100 Page. 34
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 607. ISBN  1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 341. ISBN  0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ Terry Hounsome; Rock Record, 3rd Edn, Blandford, UK, 1987. p. 614
  9. ^ admin (5 August 2008). "18 with a Bullet ~ Video Update | Wide Angle | PBS". Wide Angle. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  10. ^ "Lowdown by Kane Gang". 8 October 2007. Archived from the original on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  11. ^ "The Pasadenas - To Whom It May Concern Album Reviews, Songs & More". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 August 2023.

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