John Petersen (musician)

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John Petersen
Birth name John Petersen
Born (1942-01-08)January 8, 1942
Rudyard, Michigan, US
Died November 11, 2007(2007-11-11) (aged 65)
Genres Pop rock, baroque pop, folk rock, garage rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion, vocals
Associated acts The Beau Brummels, Harpers Bizarre

John Petersen (January 8, 1942 – November 11, 2007) was an American drummer, most notably for rock bands The Beau Brummels and Harpers Bizarre.

Career[edit]

In 1964 Petersen joined the Beau Brummels, whose first two singles, "Laugh, Laugh" and "Just a Little", reached the U.S. top 20. He appeared with the band in the 1965 science-fiction/comedy movie Village of the Giants, which was featured in a 1994 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.[1] Petersen also appeared with the band as The Beau Brummelstones on The Flintstones television animated sitcom in the season six episode "Shinrock A Go-Go," which originally aired on December 3, 1965.[2]

Petersen left the group after their third album, Beau Brummels '66, to join Harpers Bizarre.[3] Formerly known as the Tikis, Harpers Bizarre had a top 20 hit with a remake of Simon & Garfunkel's "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" in 1967. The group broke up in 1970, but Petersen returned for a reunion album in 1976. Petersen also occasionally reunited with the Beau Brummels. In 1975, he played with and recorded on the band's self-titled album.[4]

Personal[edit]

Petersen married Roberta Templeman, sister of Harpers Bizarre's Ted Templeman, in 1969. Roberta Templeman became a vice president at Warner Bros. Records in the 1980s.[4] Petersen died on November 11, 2007.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Renzi, Thomas C. (2004). H.G. Wells: Six Scientific Romances Adapted for Film (2nd ed.). Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. p. 173. ISBN 978-0-8108-4989-1. 
  2. ^ Childs, T. Mike (2004). The Rocklopedia Fakebandica. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-312-32944-0. 
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone – The Beau Brummels – Biography". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  4. ^ a b "John Petersen – Biography". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  5. ^ "Artists – Harpers Bizarre – Biography". NME. Retrieved 2009-08-23.