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Peter Case

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Peter Case is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Buffalo, New York, April 5, 1954.

Case has had a wide-ranging career ranging from new wave music to solo acoustic performance.

In 1976, Case teamed up with Jack Lee and Paul Collins, to form early new wave band The Nerves in San Francisco. The Nerves’ 1976 single, “Hanging on the Telephone”, was eventually recorded by Blondie.

After The Nerves disbanded, Case moved to Los Angeles and formed pop-rock band The Plimsouls in 1980. The group found success with the song “A Million Miles Away”, but disbanded soon after. Case briefly toured with Gurf Morlix, Victoria Williams (Case’s first wife), and Warren Tornado Klein in a group called the Incredibly Strung Out Band, which never released a record. Case struck out on his own with a self-titled album released in 1986 on Geffen Records and produced by T-Bone Burnett. The album included a number of songs cowritten by Williams, and also featured the talents of John Hiatt and Roger McGuinn of The Byrds.

In 1989, Case released a second solo disc, The Man With the Blue Post-Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar, this time with the help of artists like David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Ry Cooder, and Benmont Tench. While not a hit, the album was a favorite of critics and other musicians: Bruce Springsteen told Rolling Stone that he was listening to Peter Case more than anyone else that year.

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