PLAYER 1977:PETER BECKETT~RONN MOSS~JC CROWLEY~JOHN FRIESEN
PLAYER 1977:PETER BECKETT~RONN MOSS~JC CROWLEY~JOHN FRIESEN
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PLAYER began as a chance meeting between Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley, in 1977. They met by coincidence, both being the only two dressed in jeans and t-shirts, attending an all-white garb party in Hollywood. J.C. came from Galveston Bay, Texas, and Peter from Los Angeles. Oddly enough, they both turned out to be singer/songwriters, and made plans to get together later and jam. In J.C.'s garage, they began working on their new material, calling their band Riff Raff.  Later changing their name to Bandana, they recorded a single record called "Jukebox Saturday Night", written by JC and J.Crocker. The B side was called "Love Is Where You Find It", later to be added to the first Player LP. The chemistry was good between Peter and JC to agree to the idea of organizing another band to play their own songs. They hired Paul Palmer as their manager, who then introduced Peter and J.C. to his friend Ronn Moss, who came aboard as their bass player. It was just the three band members jamming for awhile, then Ronn brought in his old friend John Friesen(drums). Both had been in high school bands together. Ronn Moss had formerly been in the bands Fable Airship, Punk Rock and Count Zeppelin. John Friesen had toured with the Ice Follies as a drummer, percussionist, and musical director. The bands style of music developed into mainstream soft pop/rock, with mellow keyboards and layered harmonies. This seemed to fit right in with the breezy sounds of L.A at the time. 

They began playing bars and gigs to perfect their playing skills. Their potential managers took them around to different producer's offices to play live, lugging their guitars and amps.  The band's theory was that "a demo tape can be thrown on a shelf and forgotten, where as a live band wouldn't fit."  The band was turned down many times when auditioning. They eventually ended up at the office of Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, successful songwriters and owners of a new production company called Haven Records. Dennis and Brian were well known at the time for producing recording artist such as The Grassroots, The Four Tops, Dusty Springfield, Glenn Campbell, and The Righteous Brothers to name a few. Lambert and Potter liked what they heard and took the guys into the studio to record a few songs. Based on these tracks alone, Lambert and Potter were quite impressed, but Haven Records had since then folded. They then collaborated with the owner of RSO Records, Robert Stigwood, and CEO Alex Corey, and got the band, still nameless, signed to a record deal.

The matter of a band name was resolved while watching a movie on television. They saw the end credits list the film cast as "players", thus they dropped the "s" to become Player. The band also added keyboard/sythesizer player Wayne Cook, former band member of Steppenwolf(1976), as a session player. A few short months later, with massive radio play, Player had an international number one hit single called 'Baby Come Back'. This song came about when Peter had just split from someone he had been in a relationship with for a long time. Still feeling the sting, he sat down with J.C. Crowley, to write, and their moods came out in the song 'Baby Come Back'. This song broke on the radio in October of 1977 and reached number one early January 1978. 


Player was voted by Billboard Magazine's honor roll as Best New Single Artist for 1978. 'Baby Come Back' was immediately followed by their top ten hit, 'This Time I'm In It For Love'. Both songs appeared on their self-titled, debut album, Player. As well as both playing guitar, Peter and J.C. shared the lead vocals on this album, except for 'Tryin' To Write A Hit Song', which Ronn Moss took the lead vocals on.  J.C. is also credited with playing keyboards and synthesizer as well as guitar. They first performed live as the opening act for Gino Vanelli November of '77, then later with Boz Scaggs. It was in the middle of this tour that 'Baby Come Back' became a huge hit, and the band took off from there. 

The following year in 1978, they released a second album also on RSO, called Danger Zone. This album produced the hit singles 'Prisoner Of Your Love', which made the top 40 list, and 'Silverlining'. Where their first album captured the sunny sound of California pop, Danger Zone  illustrated the band's progressive pop/rock side with heavier guitars pushed to the front. Both LPs, Player and Danger Zone, released also on 8-Track, went gold. The band then continued to tour bigger arenas with Eric Clapton, Heart, and Kenny Loggins, as well as headlining at smaller venues. RSO wanted Player to harden up their image, putting them on tours with hard rock bands. Peter was quoted later as saying that "this could have probably been their biggest mistake, and that Player may have still been around today if not for that."  

Not soon after the tour ended, J.C.Crowley left the band to start a new career in country music. RSO Records folded, and PLAYER signed with Casablanca Records, releasing their third album, Room With A View  in 1980, which Peter co-produced with Tony Peluso. From this album came the top forty hit 'It's For You'. Room With A View was a combination of soft, romantic melodies, such as 'Bad News Travels Fast', and heavier rock tunes, such as 'Tip Of The Iceberg'. Peter sang and wrote every song on this LP. By the end of this tour, Ronn Moss' focus had now shifted to acting, and he quit the band to make films in Italy. By 1982, Peter Beckett and Dennis Lambert collaborated on the release of Player's fourth LP, Spies Of Life on RCA Records. From that album came the single 'If Looks Could Kill'. Also joining Peter and John Friesen, the only two original band members left, were Miles Joseph(guitar/vocals) and Rusty Buchannan(bass). Miles was credited on Room With A View as a session artist but was now listed as a Player member on Spies Of Life.  J.C Crowley appeared again on this Player album, but this time as a co-writer with Dennis Lambert on "I'd Rather Be Gone'.

After this album, the band members went their separate ways, and Peter decided to become a full time writer, leaving Player on the back burner. He began penning hits for such notable artists as Olivia Newton-John, Heart, Little River Band, and many others. He also was credited with writing songs for movie soundtracks as well as singing some of the tracks himself, both lead and backup vocals. Peter was actually the mystery voice on the song 'Two Heads Are Better Than One' from Bill and Ted's ExcellentAdventure in 1989. The Nelson twins recorded the song for the movie but Geffen Records was not happy with them recording for another label. They pulled it before the soundtrack came out and Peter's voice was dubbed over theirs under the name Powertools.The name was taken from a then L.A. club. Being so much in demand for his work, Peter became a session artist for other recording stars, such as Roger Daltry, Starship, and Kenny Rodgers, to name a few.


But Player was not done yet....

 


 
PLAYER 1980:PETER BECKETT~RONN MOSS~JOHN FRIESEN
PLAYER 1980:PETER BECKETT~RONN MOSS~JOHN FRIESEN
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*ALBUMS*

RSO RECORDS 1977
RSO RECORDS 1977
        
       
PLAYER 1977

 1.  Come On Out (Crowley)
 2.  Baby Come Back (Beckett,Crowley)
 3.  Goodbye(That's All I Ever Heard) (Crowley)
 4.  Melanie (Crocker)
 5.  Every Which Way (Beckett,Crowley)
 6.  This Time I'm In It For Love (Pippin,Keith)
 7.  Love Is Where You Find It (Crocker,Kailing,Crowley)
 8.  Movin' Up (Crocker,Kailing,Kipner)
 9.  Cancellation (Crocker,Kailing,Kipner)
10. Tryin' To Write A Hit Song (Mahonin)


Band members: Peter Beckett,
JC Crowley, John Friesen, Ronn Moss


 
RSO RECORDS 1978
RSO RECORDS 1978
    
      DANGER ZONE 1978

1.  Love In The Danger Zone (Beckett,Crowley)
2.  Silver Lining (Beckett)
3.  I Just Wanna Be With You (Beckett)
4.  Forever (Beckett,Crowley)
5.  I've Been Thinking (Beckett,Crowley)
6.  Prisoner Of Your Love (Beckett,Crowley)
7.  Join In The Dance (Beckett,Crowley)
8.  Wait Until Tomorrow (Beckett,Crowley)
9.  Let Me Down Easy (Crowley)


Band members: Peter Beckett,
J.C.Crowley, John Friesen, Ronn Moss
CASABLANCA RECORDS 1980
CASABLANCA RECORDS 1980
  
      ROOM WITH A VIEW 1980

1.  Room With A View (Beckett)
2.  It's For You (Beckett)
3.  Upside Down (Beckett)
4.  Who Do You Think You Are (Beckett)
5.  Bad News Travels Fast (Beckett,Lambert)
6.  All Tied Up (Beckett)
7.  Givin' It All (Beckett)
8.  It May Never Happen (Beckett)
9.  Tip Of The Iceberg (Beckett)


Band members: Peter Beckett, John Friesen, Ronn Moss

 
RCA RECORDS 1982
RCA RECORDS 1982
     
        SPIES OF LIFE 1982


 1.  If Looks Could Kill (Beckett,Lambert)
 2.  Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid (Beckett,Lambert)
 3.  Thank You For The Use Of Your Love (Beckett,Lambert)
 4.  It Only Hurts When I Breathe (Beckett,Lambert)
 5.  My Mind's Made Up (Beckett,Lambert)
 6.  I'd Rather Be Gone (Crowley,Lambert)
 7.  Take Me Back (Beckett)
 8.  My Survival (Beckett)
 9.  Born To be With You (Beckett,Lambert)
10. In Like Flynn (Beckett)


Band members: Peter Beckett,
Rusty Buchanan, John Friesen, Miles Joseph

 
MERCURY RECORDS 1990
MERCURY RECORDS 1990

    BEST OF PLAYER 1990-JAPANESE RELEASE

 1.   Baby Come Back
 2.   Givin' It All
 3.   I Just Wanna Be With You
 4.   Let Me Down Easy
 5.   I've Been Thinking
 6.   Tryin' To Write A Hit Song
 7.   This Time I'm In It For Love
 8.   It's For You
 9.   Bad News Travels Fast
10.  Who Do You Think You Are
11.  Upside Down
12.  Prisoner Of Your Love
13.  Wait Until Tomorrow
14.  Every Which Way
15.  Silver Lining

 
POLYGRAM RECORDS 1998
POLYGRAM RECORDS 1998

      THE BEST OF PLAYER

 1.   Baby Come Back
 2.   This Time I'm In It For Love
 3.   Melanie
 4.   Prisoner Of Your Love
 5.   I've Been Thinking
 6.   Wait Until Tomorrow
 7.   Givin' It All
 8.   Who Do You Think You Are?  
 9.   It's For You
10.  Bad News Travels Fast
11.  If Looks Could Kill
12.  Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid
13.  It Only Hurts When I Breathe
14.  Beautiful Love
15.  Footprints In The Sand

 
ONE WAY RECORDS 2001
ONE WAY RECORDS 2001

PLAYER/DANGER ZONE 2001

 1.   Come On Out
 2.   Baby Come Back
 3.   Goodbye (That's All I Ever Heard)
 4.   Melanie
 5.   Every Which Way
 6.   This Time I'm In It For Love
 7.   Love Is Where You Find It
 8.   Movin' Up
 9.   Cancellation
10.  Tryin' To Write A Hit Song
11.  Love In The Danger Zone
12.  Silver Lining
13.  I Just Wanna Be With You
14.  Forever
15.  I've Been Thinkin'
16.  Prisoner Of Your Love
17.  Join In The Dance
18.  Wait Until Tomorrow
19.  Let Me Down Easy
 
INTERSOUND RECORDS 2005
INTERSOUND RECORDS 2005
       
   
  BABY COME BACK.... 2005

 1.  Baby Come Back (Beckett,Crowley)
 2.  No More Rain (Beckett,Marlette)
 3.  After All This Time (Beckett,Dorff)
 4.  Footprints In The Sand (Beckett,Parker)
 5.  This Is Your Life (Beckett,Marlette)
 6.  Without You (Beckett,Ross)
 7.  Cherry Lane (Beckett,Jordan,Kopatz)
 8.  Every Time I Turn Around (Beckett,Lambert)
 9.  Just To Be With You (Beckett,Feldman)
10. Baby Come Back (Remix)


 
JAPANESE PRESSING 1977
JAPANESE PRESSING 1977

   BABY COME BACK 1977

SIDE 1

1. Baby Come Back
2. Melanie
3. Just Wanna Be With You
4. Come On Out
5. I've Been Thinkin'
6. This Time I'm In It For Love

SIDE 2

1. Prisoner Of Your Love
2. Silver Lining
3. Every Which Way
4. Love In The Danger Zone
5. Tryin' To Write A Hit Song



 
RSO RECORDS 1978
RSO RECORDS 1978
 
    SILVER LINING EP
 
 1.  Silver Lining
 2.  Love In The Danger Zone
 3.  Prisoner Of Your Love
 4.  I've Been Thinkin'
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PLAYER 1982: PETER BECKETT~JOHN FRIESEN~MILES JOSEPH~RUSTY BUCHANAN
PLAYER 1982: PETER BECKETT~JOHN FRIESEN~MILES JOSEPH~RUSTY BUCHANAN

*SINGLES*

FRANCE 1977
FRANCE 1977



   
     
A-SIDE Baby Come Back

      B-SIDE Love Is Where You Find It
RSO RECORDS 1977  Picture Sleeve
RSO RECORDS 1977 Picture Sleeve




     
    
A-SIDE Baby Come Back

     B-SIDE Love Is Where You Find It

RSO RECORDS 1977
RSO RECORDS 1977





    A-SIDE Baby Come Back

    B-SIDE Love Is Where You Find It

RSO RECORDS 1977
RSO RECORDS 1977





    A-SIDE This Time I'm In It For Love

    B-SIDE Every Which Way

1977
1977



 
    
A-SIDE  Baby Come Back

     B-SIDE  Love Is Where You Find It

JAPAN-1978
JAPAN-1978


               

  
A-SIDE Baby Come Back

   B-SIDE Love Is Where You Find It
DUTCH 1978
DUTCH 1978



   A-SIDE  Silverlining

   B-SIDE I've Been Thinkin'
JAPAN 1978
JAPAN 1978



   A-SIDE This Time I'm In It For Love

   B-SIDE Every Which Way
RSO RECORDS 1978  Picture Sleeve
RSO RECORDS 1978 Picture Sleeve





   A-SIDE Love In The Danger Zone

   B-SIDE Join In The Dance

RSO RECORDS 1978
RSO RECORDS 1978




    A-SIDE Prisoner Of Your Love

    B-SIDE Join In The Dance

RSO RECORDS 1978
RSO RECORDS 1978





   A-SIDE Silver Lining-Promotion Copy

CASABLANCA 1980
CASABLANCA 1980




    A-SIDE It's For You

   B-SIDE Tip Of The Iceberg
RCA RECORDS 1982
RCA RECORDS 1982




   A-SIDE If Looks Could Kill

   B-SIDE Born To Be With You

 
RCA RECORDS 1982
RCA RECORDS 1982




    

     A-SIDE  I'd Rather Be Gone

RIVER NORTH RECORDS 1996
RIVER NORTH RECORDS 1996




   A-SIDE Footprints In The Sand

 

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   1. This Time I'm In It For Love

   2. Every Which Way

TOUR DATES 1977-1983

09/23/1977  Shea's Buffalo Theater Buffalo NY (Gino Vannelli)
10/27/1977  University of Texas El Paso TX (Gino Vannelli)
10/28/1977  Civic Center Lubbock TX (Gino Vannelli)
10/29/1977  Municipal Auditorium San Antonio TX (Vannelli)
10/30/1977  Municpal Auditorium San Antonio TX (Vannelli)
11/02/1977  Convention Center Waco TX (Gino Vannelli)
11/04/1977  Music Hall Houston TX (Gino Vannelli)
11/05/1977  Convention Center Dallas TX (Gino Vannelli)
11/06/1977  Civic Center Monroe LA (Gino Vannelli)
11/09/1977  Municipal Auditorium Mobile AL (Gino Vannelli)
11/10/1977  LSU Assembly Center Baton Rouge LA (Gino Vannelli)
11/12/1977  Jacksonville State U. Jacksonville AL (Gino Vannelli)
11/13/1977  Omni Coliseum Atlanta GA (Gono Vannelli)
11/15/1977  Commonwealth Center Louisville KY (Gino Vannelli)
11/17/1977  Music Hall Boston MA (Gino Vannelli)
11/18/1977  Leroy Theater Providence RI (Gino Vannelli)
11/19/1977  Calderon Theater Hempstead NY (Gino Vannelli)
11/23/1977  Shea's Theater Buffalo NY (Gino Vannelli)
11/24/1977  Leaf Gardens Toronto Canada (Gino Vannelli)
11/25/1977  The Forum Montreal Canada (Gino Vannelli)
11/27/1977  Civic Center Pittsburgh PA (Gino Vannelli)
11/28/1977  Spectrum Philadelphia PA (Gino Vannelli)
11/30/1977  Music Hall Cleveland OH (Gino Vannelli)
12/03/1977  LSU Assembly  Baton Rouge LA (Boz Scaggs)
12/05/1977  Tad Smith Coliseum  Oxford MS (Boz Scaggs)
12/10/1977  William and Mary Hall Williamsburg VA (Boz Scaggs)
12/11/1977  Roanoke Civiv Center Roanoke VA (Boz Scaggs)
12/17/1977  Charlotte Coliseum Charlotte NC (Boz Scaggs)
 
1/01/1978   Selland Arena Fresno CA (Heart)
1/02/1978   Bakersfield Civic Center CA (Heart)
1/10/1978   The Roxy Hollwood CA
2/03/1978   Exhibition Coliseum Alberta Canada (Eric Clapton)
2/05/1978   Paramount Seattle WA (Eric Clapton)
2/06/1978   Washington State U. Coliseum Pullman WA(Clapton)
2/08/1978   Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland OR (Clapton)
2/10/1978   Oakland Coliseum Arena Oakland CA (Eric Clapton)
2/11/1978   Santa Monica Civic Ctr. Santa Monica CA  (Clapton)
2/12/1978   Santa Monica Civic Ctr Santa Monica CA (Clapton)
2/13/1978   Aladdin Casino Las Vegas NV (Eric Clapton)
2/15/1978   McNichols Sports Arena Denver CO (Eric Clapton)
2/18/1978   Metro Center Minneapolis MN (Clapton)
2/19/1978   Hilton Coliseum  Ames IA (Clapton)
2/20/1978   Kansas City Convention Ctr. Kansas City KS (Clapton)
2/21/1978   Harry Kiel Auditorium St. Louis MO (Clapton)
2/23/1978   Chicago Stadium Chicago IL (Clapton)
2/24/1978   Louisville Gardens Louisville KY (Clapton)
2/26/1978   Civic Center Arena Huntington W. Virginia (Clapton)
2/28/1978   Municipal Auditorium Nashville TN (Eric Clapton)
3/01/1978   Mid-South Coliseum Memphis TN (Eric Clapton)
3/02/1978   Boutwell Auditorium Birmingham AL (Eric Clapton)
4/01/1978   Philadelphia Spectrum PA (Clapton)
7/08/1978   Mississippi River Fest Edwardsville Il (Boz Scaggs)
9/04/1978   Hughes Stadium Scaramento. CA (Heart, Randy
                  Meisner, Bob Welch, Everlyn Champagne King)
10/05/1978   Montreal Forum Montreal Canada (Heart)
10/08/1978   Capitol Theatre Passaic NJ (Kenny Loggins)
10/15/1978   Capital Center Landover MD (Heart)
10/16/1978   Civic Center Pittsburgh PA (Heart)
10/21/1978   The Palladium NYC NY (Heart)
10/29/1978  Coconut Grove Miami FL(Kenny Loggins)
10/30/1978   Casino Miami Jai-Alai Fronton Miami FL(Loggins)
11/17/1978   Richfield Coliseum Cleveland OH (Heart)
11/18/1978   Toledo Sports Center Toledo OH (Heart)
11/19/1978   Coliseum Theater Cleveland OH (Heart)
11/27/1978   Met Sport Center  Bloomington MN (Heart)
12/06/1978   The Forum Inglewood CA(Heart)
12/12/1978   Cow Palace Daly City CA (Heart)
12/29/1978   Seattle Center Coliseum Seattle WA (Heart)
12/30/1978   Seattle Center Coliseum Seattle WA (Heart)
12/31/1978   Seattle Center Coliseum Seattle WA (Heart)
 
1/26/1979   Capital Theater Passaic NJ (Heart)
1/27/1979   Boston Music Hall Boston MA (Heart)
1/28/1979   Cornell University Ithaca NY (Heart)
 
 
 



 

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