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Peter White

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Peter was born in England, as one of four kids, and soon learned to play a variety of instruments such as recorder, clarinet, cornet, trombone, violin, harmonica, and piano. What he was not given were any instructions in playing the guitar. Therefore Peter self-trained to play a few simple chords and felt intrigued by the influence of The Beatles and other music at the time. In his late teenager years he waived going to college, electing instead to pursue a career in the music business. He started to play professionally in small clubs and would eventually move to London, where he soon met Scottish singer/songwriter Al Stewart. Pretty soon Peter joined Al’s backing band and toured England up and down, subsequently the USA, providing guitar and keyboards to the band’s sound.

For the recordings of “Year of the Cat” Al put a classic Spanish guitar into Peter’s hands and asked him to play on it for one song of the forthcoming album. That part became the opening of the well-known “On the Border”. It were those recording sessions when Peter also worked with producer Alan Parsons of The Alan Parsons Project.

In 1978 he followed Al Stewart and moved to Los Angeles, CA. Around this time Peter’s younger brother Danny felt the inspiration to form his own group, which would become Matt Bianco (“Bianco” is Italian for “White”). Temporarily the Al Stewart backing band was renamed to Shot In The Dark, which consisted basically of the crew (among them bass player Robin Lamble) which played on Al Stewart’s 1980 and 1981 albums. Shot In The Dark alone only released one album in 1981; they disbanded when their record label closed down.

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