Peter Bardens

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Peter Bardens
Born (1944-06-19)19 June 1944[1]
Westminster, Central London, England
Died 22 January 2002(2002-01-22) (aged 57)
Malibu, California, United States
Genres Rock, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Keyboardist, pianist, songwriter, singer
Instruments Organ, piano, keyboard, synthesizer, mellotron, vocals
Years active 1965–2002
Associated acts Camel, Them, Mirage, Van Morrison, Keats, Rod Stewart, Peter Green, Bobby Tench, Shotgun Express,Peter B's Looners,The Village,The Cheynes

Peter Skiving Bardens (19 June 1944 – 22 January 2002) was a keyboardist and a founding member of the British progressive rock group Camel. He played organ, piano, synthesizers and mellotron and wrote songs with Andrew Latimer. During his career, Bardens worked alongside Rod Stewart, Mick Fleetwood and Van Morrison and recorded solo albums.


Bardens was born in Westminster, London. In 1965, he spent a brief spell as the keyboard player with Them after leaving The Cheynes.[2] He moved on and formed Peter B’s Looners which eventually morphed into Shotgun Express, a band that played soul music and featured Rod Stewart, Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood.[3]

In 1970 he formed The Village and recorded The Answer (1970), an album featuring Peter Green and Andy Gee. Bardens recorded an eponymous album in 1971 which was released in United States as Write My Name in the Dust before forming Camel in 1972.[3] During this period Bardens began exploring electronica and would release albums such as Heart to Heart (1979). He left Camel in 1978 to join Them band-mate Van Morrison's band, recorded Wavelength (1978) and performed during the album's promotional tour.

He co-wrote "Looking For A Good Time" with Bobby Tench, featured as the B side of the single "Chain Gang" (1982), which Tench had recorded as a tribute to Sam Cooke. In 1984 he became a member of Keats. Bardens continued to release a number of solo electronic albums including Seen One Earth(1987), which found success in the United States.[3]

His first single from this album, "In Dreams", proved to be surprisingly, thoroughly commercial. The song enjoyed heavy airplay on FM rock stations in the U.S. and Australia, where Brisbane rock station FM104, the most popular radio station in the country at the time, added it to their playlist. In 1988 he followed this with Speed of Light (1988),[3] which featured Mick Fleetwood. "Gold" from this album was released in the U.S. as a single, also enjoying some success on MTV.

Bardens released Water colours(1991)[3] and formed Pete Bardens' Mirage in 1994. This album featured his former Camel bandmate Andy Ward and Caravan's David Sinclair.[3] His last concert, subsequent to being diagnosed with a brain tumour, was in Los Angeles in the summer of 2001. Other performers who joined him at his concert included, John Mayall, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Sheila E and Ben Harper. Bardens died from lung cancer in Malibu January 2002, at the age of 57.[2] A double CD Write My Name in the Dust: Anthology was released after his death and covered tracks recorded throughout his career.[3] He is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, CA'.

US Singles

In Dreams 1987 - US Billboard Album Rock Charts #41

Gold 1988 - US Billboard Album Rock Charts #49


Seen One Earth 1987 US Billboard #148

Australian Singles

In Dreams 1988 - Aria chart #99


  • 1970 - The Answer

Peter Bardens: Organ, Piano, Vocals Andy Gee: Guitar Bruce Thomas: Bass (Courtesy of Head Records) Reg Isadore: Drums Rocky: Congas Alan Marshall: Vocals & Percussion Davis Wooley: Vocals & Antiques Linda Lewis: Vocals Steve Ellis: Vocals (Courtesy of CBC Records)

Recorded at Sounds Techniques, London Engineer: Gerry Boys Produced By: Peter Berdens Production Co-ordinator: John Whitehead Photography by Keits Morris Sleeve Design by Rainbow Birds by Annie Walker Mastering by George Peckham


  1. ^ "Find A Grave:Peter S. Bardens". Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  2. ^ a b Salewicz, Chris (31 January 2002). "Peter Bardens Obituary". Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Peter Bardens short biog". Retrieved 2010-09-17. 

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