After attending Art College for a few years he turned his attention to music and played in several local bands in Aberdeen before moving to London. He played briefly with The Luvvers, the former Lulu backing group before eventually joing and band called Trifle, which at one time became Lulu's backing group on occasion. After a stint as a croupier at the London Playboy club, King, between 1975 & 1976, joined a band called Shanghai, (which released two albums, in 1974 and 1976), featuring Mick Green, Cliff Bennett, Pete Kircher and Brian Alterman. King also was engaged as a session musician, most notably on the early hits of Billy Ocean: "Love Really Hurts Without You", "Red Light Spells Danger". "L.O.D. ( Love on Delivery )" and others.
King is best known as the bass guitar player for Manfred Mann's Earth Band between 1977 and 1982. King replaced founding member Colin Pattenden, who left the band in 1977. He is featured on the albums Watch, Angel Station and Chance.
Although leaving the band in 1982, King retained close ties. From 1991 to 2013, he was the band's lighting designer, until retiring to Olvera, Andalucía in December, 2013. Now devotes much of his time to photography and playing in a Chirigota group - Los Mochuelos - as well as DJ in a local Rap Band - El Clan del Sur.! His photographs can be viewed on his Peejay King page on Facebook, and on Artflakes.Com .
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