|Crispian St Peters|
An English pop singer.
Mainly known for his work in the 1960s, particularly his 1966 hits, "The Pied Piper" and "You Were On My Mind".
He learned guitar, and left school in 1954 to become an assistant cinema projectionist.
As a young man, he performed in several relatively unknown bands in England.
In 1956, he gave his first live performance, as a member of The Hard Travellers.
Through the late 1950s and early 1960s, as well as undertaking National Service, he was a member of The Country Gentlemen, Beat Formula Three, and Peter & The Wolves.
While a member of Beat Formula Three in 1963, he was heard by David Nicolson, an EMI publicist who became his manager. Nicholson suggested he use a stage name, initially Crispin Blacke and subsequently Crispian St. Peters, and deducted five years from his client's age for publicity purposes.
In 1964, as a member of Peter & The Wolves, St. Peters made his first commercial recording. He was persuaded to turn solo by Nicolson, and was signed to Decca Records in 1965.
He made two television UK appearances in February of that year, featuring in the shows Scene At 6.30 and Ready Steady Go!
In 1966, St. Peters' career finally yielded a Top 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart, with "You Were On My Mind", a song first recorded in 1964 by the Canadian folk duo, Ian & Sylvia, and a hit in the United States for We Five in 1965.
It did not chart in the US at first, however his fourth release, "The Pied Piper", became forever known as his signature song, and it became a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
No subsequent release would ever match the success of "The Pied Piper", although its success helped boost "You Were On My Mind" into the US Top 40. Thereafter St. Peters was remembered more for his idle boasts than his music.
In 1967, St. Peters released his first LP, Follow Me, which included several of his own songs. One of them, "I'll Give You Love", was recorded by Marty Kristian in a version produced by Crispian St. Peters, and became a big hit in Australia.
On 1 January 1995, at the age of 56, he suffered a stroke.
His music career was severely weakened by this, and in 2001, he announced his retirement from the music industry.
St. Peters died on 8 June 2010, after a long illness, at the age of 71.
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