Peter Cox (musician)

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Peter Cox
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Peter Cox performing with Go West, 2008
Background information
Born (1955-11-17) 17 November 1955 (age 58)
Kingston, Surrey, England
Genres Pop, blue-eyed soul
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Voice, drums, guitar, keyboards
Years active 1973–present
Labels Chrysalis Records
Associated acts Go West, Tony Hadley, Bernie Nolan, Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Website Peter Cox.org

Peter John Cox (born 17 November 1955) is an English singer-songwriter, best known as one half of the 1980s pop/blue-eyed soul duo Go West.

Early career and Go West[edit]

As a child, Cox was a member of his school choir,[1] and at eighteen, he joined a soul band. It was whilst playing in clubs that he met Richard Drummie, with whom he signed a publishing deal. For the next few years, Cox and Drummie tried to land a recording contract, but failed. It was when their manager, John Glover, suggested they recorded a few tracks with the help of a new record producer that Go West began to succeed.

After signing a deal with Chrysalis Records, their first single, "We Close Our Eyes", was a Top 5 hit in the UK Singles Chart. Other singles included "Call Me" and "Don't Look Down." The following year, Go West were named 'Best Newcomers' at the 1986 BRIT Awards.

In 1990 the group successfully cracked the other side of the Atlantic when they released the single, "The King of Wishful Thinking", a song which featured on the soundtrack of the film Pretty Woman. Subsequent releases from the band received several awards based on airplay in America.

Solo career[edit]

Cox moved to Los Angeles in 1993 to pursue a solo career.[1] His self-titled album Peter Cox was released in 1997 to critical acclaim. Songs on the album included "Ain't Gonna Cry Again", "What a Fool Believes" and "If You Walk Away". Other solo albums were Flame Still Burns (2001), Nine Miles High (2002), Desert Blooms (2002), Game For Fools (2005) and Motor City Music (2006). Cox also teamed up with Tony Hadley on the album Tony Hadley vs Peter Cox & Go West, released in 2004. Another artist he collaborated with was Bernie Nolan.

In 2003, Cox replaced Then Jerico's Mark Shaw on the UK TV reality show, Reborn in the USA, after Shaw stormed off the series in the show's first few days. Even though Cox had achieved previous success across the Atlantic as part of Go West, he was able to go on the show as none of his solo singles had found success in the United States. Cox was a favourite to win, but was voted off in New York after he forgot the lyrics to the Norah Jones hit he was performing. Following his departure from the show, Cox reunited with old bandmate Drummie, and the eventual winner Tony Hadley, for a three-month UK tour.

In 2007 Cox, Drummie, and a new line-up of their band, appeared on Jim'll Fix It:Strikes again to recreate a famous 'fix it' from 1986.[2] A year later, they released the album, Futurenow, and toured the UK.

On 16 October 2009, he was announced as the new lead singer with Manfred Mann's Earth Band following the departure of Noel McCalla. His first public appearance with them was on 19 October 2009 at The Brook in Southampton, England.

In April 2010, his latest album, The S1 Sessions was released. It was a collection of eleven songs which included cover versions of Lonestar's song "Amazed", and the Leon Russell song, "This Masquerade".

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • 1997: Peter CoxChrysalis Records UK No. 64
  • 2001: Flame Still Burns (EP) – Blueprint Records
  • 2002: Nine Miles High (EP) – Blueprint Records
  • 2004: Desert Blooms – Blueprint Records
  • 2004: Tony Hadley vs Peter Cox & Go West – Blueprint Records
  • 2005: Game For Fools (EP) – Blueprint Recording Corporation Ltd
  • 2006: Motor City Music – Curb Records
  • 2010: The S1 Sessions – Blueprint Recording Corporation Ltd
  • 2012: Riding The Blinds – Blueprint Recording Corporation Ltd
  • 2013: Damn the Brakes – Blueprint Recording Corporation Ltd

Solo singles[edit]

  • "Ain't Gonna Cry Again" (1997) – UK No. 37
  • "If You Walk Away" (1997) – UK No. 24
  • "What a Fool Believes" (1998) – UK No. 39[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Peter Cox Biography – ARTISTdirect Music". Artistdirect.com. 17 November 1955. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 124. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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