Peter Watts (road manager)

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Peter Watts
Born Peter Anthony Watts
(1946-01-16)16 January 1946
Bedford, England
Died August 1976 (aged 30)
Notting Hill, London, England
Cause of death
Heroin overdose
Nationality English
Occupation
Employer Pink Floyd
Spouse(s)
  • Myfanway Edwards-Roberts
  • Patricia 'Puddie' Watts
Children

Peter Anthony Watts (16 January 1946 – August 1976) was an English road manager and sound engineer who worked with Pink Floyd.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Watts was born on 16 January 1946, in Bedford, the son of Jane P. G. (née Rolt) and Anthony Watts. Watts had one older brother, Michael, and one younger sister, Patricia Watts. Watts' mother, Jane, later remarried Anthony Daniells in 1989.

Watts was married to Myfanwy Roberts, an English (Welsh father, Australian mother) antiques dealer and costume and set designer,[3] with whom he had two children, Ben (born 1967; a photographer), and Naomi (1968; an actress).

The couple divorced in 1972.[4] After the divorce, the children were raised between grandparents and mother as Roberts built a career. The family relocated to London and moved to Sydney Australia in 1982 where Edwards-Roberts became part of a burgeoning film industry.

Watts was the road manager for The Pretty Things before joining Pink Floyd as their first experienced road manager.[5] Alongside fellow roadie Alan Styles,[1] he appears on the rear cover of Pink Floyd's 1969 album Ummagumma,[1] shown with the band's van and equipment laid out on a runway at Biggin Hill Airport, with the intention of replicating the "exploded" drawings of military aircraft and their payloads,[1] which were popular at the time. On the 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon,[1] he contributed the repeated laughter during "Brain Damage", also heard in the album's overture, "Speak to Me".[1] His wife Patricia 'Puddie' Watts[6] was responsible for the line about the "geezer" who was "cruisin' for a bruisin'" used in the segue between "Money" and "Us and Them", and the words "I never said I was frightened of dying" heard near the end of "The Great Gig in the Sky".[7]

Peter Watts left Pink Floyd in 1974.

In August 1976 he was found dead in a flat in Notting Hill, London, of an apparent heroin overdose.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd - The Music and the Mystery. London: Omnibus,. pp. 160p. ISBN 978-1-84938-370-7. 
  2. ^ Sams, Christine (23 February 2004). "How Naomi told her mum about Oscar". The Sun-Herald. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  3. ^ Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television: A Biographical Guide Featuring Performers, Directors, Writers, Producers, Designers, Managers, Choreographers, Technicians, Composers, Executives, Dancers. Gale / Cengage Learning. 2005. p. 340. ISBN 978-0-7876-9037-3. 
  4. ^ Heller, Scott (23 November 2003). "A role filled with rage and anguish reveals the fearless side of an actress who respects the power of emotion". The Boston Globe (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd Nick Maso
  6. ^ Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd Mark Blake
  7. ^ Sutcliffe, Phil; Henderson, Peter (March 1998), "The True Story of Dark Side of the Moon", Mojo (52)  Retrieved from http://www.pinkfloyd-co.com/band/interviews/art-rev/art-mojo98.html on 23 December 2010.
  8. ^ "Naomi Watts Biography". TalkTalk. Tiscali UK Limited trading. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Blake, Mark (2008). Comfortably Numb - The Inside Story of Pink Floyd. Di Capo Press. p. 213. ISBN 978-0306817526.