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Music Star Peter Beckett: “If I could, I would start something to encourage teens to act along the lines of what Greta Thunberg is doing; After all, it’s their future”

Among the many things that are headed downhill these days, people’s seemingly blatant disregard of the environment is a big concern. We are at the threshold of no return, and the current powers that be do not seem to care. I have teenage kids and I wonder what they are headed into. It’s very scary. […]

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Among the many things that are headed downhill these days, people’s seemingly blatant disregard of the environment is a big concern. We are at the threshold of no return, and the current powers that be do not seem to care. I have teenage kids and I wonder what they are headed into. It’s very scary. If I could, I would start something to encourage teens to act along the lines of what Greta Thunberg is doing. After all, it’s their future.


I had the distinct pleasure to interview music legend Peter Beckett. Peter and J.C. Crowley met each other at a Hollywood Party in early 1977. Beckett was a rock musician from Liverpool & Crowley was a country singer from Texas. Within a week, they started writing songs together. A short time later, they enlisted the help of Ronn Moss on bass and John Friesen on drums and Player was born. Player enjoyed success following their number one single “Baby Come Back” which was written by Beckett and Crowley and sung by Beckett. Their second single “This Time I’m In It For Love” reached #10. Eventually J.C. Crowley & Ronn Moss. Beckett continued to write and produce several more albums as Player. Concurrently, he spent 9 years touring with Little River Band as a song-writer, vocalist & rhythm guitarist. Peter Beckett is still going strong, both as a solo artist touring with many other classic 70’s bands and with his own band.

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Thank you so much for joining us Peter! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

At about the age of 14, I developed a fascination for guitars and taught myself how to play. But the defining moment was at around age 15. Someone let me sneak into the Cavern Club (in Liverpool) a couple of times when the Beatles were performing to lunchtime office workers. I was too young to be allowed in actually, but what I saw and heard changed everything for me.

Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?

In the mid 60’s I was in a band in Liverpool called “The Thoughts.” We were booked to play at the opening show in a series of shows promoted by Brian Epstein at the Saville Theatre in London’s West End. We opened the show, another band followed, then Jimi Hendrix came on stage. Nobody really knew much about him. He had just released “Hey Joe” in England as his first single. The Who was headlining that night, but before they went on, they were in the wings standing next to me watching Hendrix set the night on fire (and also his guitar.) We were all standing there with our mouths open. The Who were great, as always, and of course they started all that crazy stage behavior. I found out later that all four Beatles were in one of the balconies watching the show.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I’ve been involved with every Player album produced, including being the sole producer on the 7th album, Too Many Reasons. I also put out a solo album called Beckett. I think I have one good CD left in me. I am working on it now.

I have been writing a book for many, many years and it’s dedicated to kids who might want to get into music. The perspective from a journeyman musician, the ups and downs, the early days in Liverpool, coming to America and finding success etc.

We are also developing a line of wines based around the rise of Yacht Rock Music and involving some of the actual original artists of the genre with their own featured wine.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

In 1991, I wrote a song for the Al Pacino/Michelle Pfeiffer movie “Frankie and Johnny” with Marvin Hamlisch. I was in Santa Barbara for my birthday when I got a call from my manager telling me to “get my ass back to L.A. to pick up Hamlisch and drive him to the recording studio to work on a song ASAP!”

I did. He was a very nice, charming and funny man. We worked on it a little that afternoon and then I went home and wrote the lyrics. We recorded it the next day. I sang it as a duet with a singer named Jeanette Clinger…it was called “Until You Let Go.”

I have many more stories about the musicians I’ve worked with throughout the years, but you’ll have to buy the book.

Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?

Abraham Lincoln, for obvious reasons.

Winston Churchill, a real ballsy dude. If he hadn’t been prime minister of England at the time…it could have been a very different world. There was a clear delineation between good and evil back then. If he hadn’t made that fateful call to the English people to get everyone with a boat to go to Dunkirk and save the troops, and if he hadn’t persuaded FDR to get the U.S. involved in WW2 post Pearl Harbor ….we may all have been eating bratwurst instead of fish and chip, at least in England.

My mother (my history). She didn’t have a mean bone in her body. She was kind and sincere to everyone, and totally selfless.

Elvis. All those influences, R & B, Gospel, Rock and Roll, Country, the 50’s, the south, all poured themselves into that mold that became Elvis and changed everything.

The Beatles. I was around at the time, being from Liverpool, and obviously couldn’t help but be inspired. They changed everything in music.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I have done many, many charity shows benefiting children with cancer, animal protection, the environment, our service men and women. I wrote a song called “On Holy Ground” that became attached to a very touching video about 9/11. There is nothing wrong with a silly love song. I’ve written many, and have been told (by lots of people) that my music touched them and changed something in their life for the better.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

Among the many things that are headed downhill these days, people’s seemingly blatant disregard of the environment is a big concern. We are at the threshold of no return, and the current powers that be do not seem to care. I have teenage kids and I wonder what they are headed into. It’s very scary. If I could, I would start something to encourage teens to act along the lines of what Greta Thunberg is doing. After all, it’s their future.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Only work on what keeps you interested and excited. The best ideas for songs have come to me when I am mowing the lawn or washing dishes or something like that. I went through a period when I would get up and turn on the drum machine and robotically write songs for other artists or movies. I became like a machine myself. They called it corporate rock, more about money than art. These days if I am writing a song and I start to go off it, I just let it go and move on. Actually I’m doing that with a lot of things. Life’s too short.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Only write/work with people you think are as good or better than you think YOU are. The experience will keep you interested. I have not always done this and have paid the price.

Don’t just take the money and run. Know what you are getting into. Read the contract or hire a lawyer.

This is old but true… Treat people nicely on the way up, as you might meet the same people on the way down and they will be there for you.

If something smells like a rat, it probably is a rat. In business relationships (and even personal) if something feels wrong, don’t waste years finding out. Face it head on. Fix it or dump it.

There have been several pivotal moments in my career where some opportunity has opened for me that I doubted I could handle. It’s easy (and more comfortable) to say no. Get your “false bravado” on and give it a go. The worst that can happen is you lose a little face.

We are blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she just might see this, especially if we tag them 🙂

I’d like to ask the heads of Exxon, Monsanto, the NRA, News Corp, & big pharma companies, how much money do you really need? How about putting the needs of the people & planet ahead of profits for a change. You can’t take it with you, so maybe you need to re-think your end game.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Except for an occasional post on my Instagram account, I don’t do a lot of social media myself. My wife handles my Twitter account @player_theband and I have a webmistress, Patti Myers, who created and handles my website http://www.player-theband.com and my Facebook page, Peter Beckett’s Player.

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