Peter Beckett, the Limey Cowboy, was born in Liverpool, England. As a youth he would sneak
into The Cavern lunchtime sessions to listen to the local bands. One day a band
called The Beatles performed and Peter was hooked. He got a cheap guitar and
taught himself to play, and by the time he was 16 he was touring Britain and
Europe with his first band.
After some success with the British progressive band Paladin, he was
invited to come to the United States to form a group called Skyband. That
band was short-lived, but during a Hollywood party he met J.C. Crowley.
They began writing songs together. A short time later they were joined by Ronn
Moss and John Friesen …and Player was born.
In January 1978, the band had an international number one hit with their
first single: "Baby Come Back" which was co-written and sung by
Beckett. The self- titled album went platinum and the band toured extensively. These
classic outings included Boz Scagg's Silk Degrees
Tour, Eric Clapton's Slowhand Tour, Heart's Dog & Butterfly
Tour and Kenny Loggin's
Nightwatch Tour, playing always to sold out
arena audiences. Four albums followed rendering four more top forty singles,
including "This Time I'm In It For Love" which
reached number ten on Billboard's top 100 chart.
Peter Beckett has written hit songs for many artists including: Heart,
Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rodgers, The Temptations, Poco, Janet Jackson,
The Commodores, Cliff Richards, Survivor, Grace Slick, and more recently
Vanessa Hudgens of "High School Musical" fame.
Between the years 1989-1997, Peter was a featured
member of The Little River Band and has written several
singles for them.
He has also garnered many movie credits as artist, producer and/or
writer. These include: The Karate Kid, Two of a Kind, Bill
& Ted's Excellent Adventure, Major League, St Elmo's Fire (Grammy
Nomination), Frankie and Johnny, Rock Star, Terminator 3,
Basic, Beyond Borders, Life or Something Like It, Dirty Dancing 2 and
Transformers to name a few.
Peter started performing again with his band Player in 2003, always
featuring an all star line-up, which has included at various
times members of The Cars, REO Speed Wagon, Foreigner and
Little River Band. Peter is also a featured guest performer with The Yacht Rock
Revue performing all over the U.S. Peter and Ronn recently toured with Christopher Cross, Gary Wright, Al
Stewart and many other artists throughout the US and Canada.
Recently Peter has
performed with his band Player at the House of Blues, the Canyon Club, The Rams
Head on Stage and on national TV as the featured band for the Nurses’ Ball on
General Hospital. Peter also took part in a tribute event honoring Smokey Robinson at the House Of Blues in Hollywood.
A new Player CD “Too Many Reasons” was released on Frontiers Records in
2013. It was written and produced by Peter. Having always had a soft spot for country music, in 2010 he developed a hankering to record a country styled CD. And so The Limey Cowboys were born. He is about half way through the writing stage to date, but you can sample some early demos here.