John Petersen (musician)
|Birth name||John L. Petersen|
|Born||January 8, 1942|
Rudyard, Michigan, US
|Died||November 11, 2007(aged 65)|
|Genres||Pop rock, baroque pop, folk rock, garage rock|
|Instruments||Drums, percussion, vocals|
|Associated acts||The Beau Brummels, Harpers Bizarre|
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. 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.
Petersen left the group after their third album, Beau Brummels '66, to join Harpers Bizarre. 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.
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. Petersen died from a heart attack on November 11, 2007 at the age of 65.
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