By Craig Alan  August 24, 2013

 PLAYER to release their new CD


By Peter Lindblad 2013

Freizeit Magagzine 1975

Wham! The rocket launched with a flying start. Skyband blasts high into the international charts within three months.
The title, which is a real tongue twister, "Bang, Ooh! Ya Got Me", enters the American charts into the top 20, with success of the three newly baked teen stars that they could never have imagined. Who are these three guys who are called the new David Cassidy and other Rock idols? 

  FM visited the cheerful trio in Los Angeles. We met them at a swimming pool of Mrs. Jay, a nice old lady, where Steve, Lane and Peter had rented their apartment. But meanwhile, they have their own home and frequently visit the cozy villa of Mother Jay, who takes care of the boys.

 The members of Skyband are Steve Kipner (26), born 14th December in Brisbane (Australia), Peter Beckett, born August 10th,1948 in Liverpool, and Lane Caudell (23) from Ashbore, North Carolina. Lane not only is the junior of the band, but also the tallest. The other two admit: "The girls are crazy for him". With just a smile, his long time girlfriend Maria appears: "the fans shouldn't be too close to him."

  Peter and Steve already worked together in London. Steve was a member of Tin Tin, well known for their hit "Toast and Marmalade for Tea". Lane ran into them in 1973. The extraordinary thing about this band is they all play guitar, and hired studio musicians for their recordings. 

With pride, Mrs Jay points one thing out, that the music of Skyband compares with the music of the Beatles. But so much praise makes the guys uncomfortable. "That's way out of our league," tells Lane. "We're trying to make great melodic things, but the Beatles are unbeatable."

Two long-time out of print albums Think Out Loud - S/T, Clif Magness - Solo are reissued!

July 18, 2009

A newly founded label based in Munich Germany, YESTERROCK started to reissue records that either haven’t been available for years or previously only released on vinyl but not on CD yet. The label gains essential support in the search for these hidden treasures from both UNIVERSAL and SONY amongst others. Various independent label’s and artist’s contributions also help that CD’s now can be released which lately - in particular cases - only have been available in used and overpriced status on common internet platforms such as Amazon and Ebay. On June 24, 2009, two noteworthy albums have been reissued.

One is "Think Out Loud - s/t" and the other is " Clif Magness -Solo".

"Think Out Loud" are a studio project featuring singer Peter Beckett best known for his group Player and Steve Kipner also known for his great solo album "Knock The Walls Down". They released the self-titled album in 1988 for A&M Records, with the remarkable additional musicians including Steve Lukather, Randy Goodrum, Tris Imboden, Bob Marlette and Michael Landau. Beckett and Kipner shared lead vocals through out the album and the album should be one of the best AOR works done in late 80's.

There's not any releases as "Think Out Loud" before 1997. It was really surprising incident that MTM Records, Germany convinced Peter and Steve to produce a follow-up album and "Shelf Life" was released, which featured eleven brilliant songs including the original version of "Invisible Man" performed by 98 Degrees, which ranked on number 12 Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart dated September 27, 1997.  


By Jason Hare  August 8, 2007


By Anorak Thing  June 13, 2011


1970s song stays catchy with mop commercial


Last updated on 01/28/2009 at 7:01 p.m.

“Swiffer Mop and Swiffer Sweeper Vac do it all...” including bringing back the 1970s hit “Baby Come Back.”

Who knew that a commercial about a mop could be so entertaining? With over eight different commercials for the Sweeper Vac, Swiffer is able to captivate audiences each time with silly antics and a catchy song. And the voices behind the tune?

In 1978, Player released its self-titled first album which included an upbeat one-hit wonder, “Baby Come Back.” The song quickly rose to number one on the pop singles charts, and the record went gold.

When singer Peter Beckett first formed Player, he probably had no idea that years after the band’s last concert tours this song would make such a great comeback. Swiffer has taken the song and revamped it to be sung by mariachi player mops and brooms in order to sell their product in a creatively fun way.

So, what happens when a one-hit wonder and a moping mop combine? One extremely funny commercial.

*Music may be fluff but Player suits record buyers*


Iowa State Daily July 20, 1995
By Sarah Wolf


CIRCUS MAGAZINE November 14, 1978
Article by Brad Balfour


Article by Toby Goldstein 


Rollingstone Magazine April 6, 1978
Article by Rich Wiseman




Circus Magazine March 16, 1978
By Mick Kebbler 

PLAYER to release their new CD

release: s/t
label: Yesterrock
distributor: NL Distribution
release date: June 24th, 2009
THINK OUT LOUD are a studio project featuring singer Peter Beckett (LITTLE RIVER BAND, PALADIN, SKYBAND) and his Australian friend Steve Kipner (SKYBAND) who also is best known for his work as song-writer and producer for WILSON PHILIPPS and WHITNEY HOUSTON. Guests on this high class record include Steve Lukather, Randy Goodrum, Tris Imboden, Bob Marlette and Michael Landau. Originally released in 1988, the self-titeled album by THINK OUT LOUD is a sought after AOR jewel today.
Thanks to YESTERROCK, this re-mastered release is now available again for a reasonable price. Again, Distribution will be handled by NL DISTRIBUTION.
Tracklist: 1. In A Perfect World  2. Stranger Things Have Happened  3. Original Sin (Jumpin’ In)  4. The Deep End, 5. Raise You Up  6. After All This Time  7. Faithful Love  8. Body And Soul (Lost In The Rhythm) , 9. In No Uncertain Terms  10. Talk To Yourself
Line-Up: Peter Beckett (vocals, guitars) Steve Kipner (bass, vocals, keyboards) Additional musicians: Steve Lukather, Randy Goodrum, Tris Imboden, Bob Marlette, Michael Landau, Paulinho Da Costa, Brandon Fields, Jimmy Johnson, Paul Jackson jr., Bobby Caldwell, Renée Geyer.


 The West Coast-based / AOR duo formed by Peter Beckett and Ronn Moss recently completed a very successful italian promotional tour in support of the digital release of their EP "Addiction", a prelude to a new CD currently being recorded. PLAYER made several national television and radio appearances, including "I Fatti Vostri" morning TV show and "L'Italia Sul Due" afternoon show, both on RAI 2. They also made a cameo appearance on Canale 5's top rated prime time show "SCHERZI A PARTE" , and were special guests on shows on both Radio Capital andRadio Deejay. Here are some of the links§ion=radio§ion=radio

 Rock'n Blues Concert Series Welcomes PLAYER, Billboard #1 Hitmakers

Kick off summer with Rock 'n Blues Concert Series as we welcome PLAYER, hosted by Diane & The Deductibles. Rock with us in this historic intimate venue for a great night of music and after show Meet 'N Greet.
PLAYER - Current Line Up
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - April 13, 2017 - PRLog -- Rock'n Blues Concert Series is ready to rock summer solstice when Diane & The Deductibles host PLAYER, veterans of the classic, breezy California sound. Featuring founders Peter Beckett and Ronn Moss; Buster Akrey, Rob Math; and Burleigh Drummond (from AMBROSIA).

Diane Adams, series producer and Diane & The Deductibles lead singer, is a strong advocate supporting the music industry. She developed this series in June 2014 especially for the OC community, at the Huntington Beach Library Theater. Diane, a member of The Huntington Beach Library Patrons Foundation as well as many other Huntington Beach community groups, initiated the Children's wing expansion that included this library theater. The theater is an intimate 319-seat setting with perfect sight lines and acoustics. More than a concert, the Rock'n Blues Concert Series offers a total music lover experience in a scenic venue, Red Carpet photo opportunities, food and drink and post-show meet and greet with the band.

PLAYER was formed in 1977 by UK native Peter Beckett who came to the U.S. after playing for years in The popular English band Paladin. The band was born at a chance meeting between Peter and J.C. Crowley when they met at a classic Hollywood White Party and were the only two dressed in jeans and t-shirts. Ronn Moss joined next, bringing in his high school bandmate John Friesen. From there the band honed their style of soft pop rock, with mellow keyboards and layered harmonies.

To get noticed, they did it the rock 'n roll brick and mortar way – they played LA clubs and bars, went around to producers' offices to play live, hauling their own gear. The band's theory was that "a demo tape can be thrown on a shelf and forgotten, whereas a live band wouldn't fit."

This focus served them well and before long they were signed by legend Robert Stigwood of RSO Records. Their first gig was opening for Gino Vanelli; next they went out with Boz Scaggs and it was during this tour that 'Baby Come Back' charted number one on Billboard and internationally for 35 weeks.

Player Story - check out this history with great interviews and stories from the band.

They continued to tour arenas in the classic Bill Graham-promoter style, with everyone from Eric Clapton on his Slow Hand Tour, to Heart, Little River Band and Kenny Loggins. Album three, ROOM WITH A VIEW, yielded Top 40 hit "It's For You" on Neil Bogart's legendary Casablanca Records (KISS, Donna Summer, Village People, Cher, Parliament featuring George Clinton). They also worked on their own projects, each of them having successful careers in everything from film/TV scoring, producing, music software to soap opera stardom (Ronn Moss, Bold & The Beautiful).

1995 was the first time Peter and Ronn performed again as PLAYER, connecting originally to work on Ronn's solo record; instead they put out PLAYER'S fifth LP, LOST IN REALITY, which earned them a nomination for Best Independent Album Production at the LA Music Awards. The chemistry remained and since then PLAYER continues to record and tour the US and internationally. We look forward to kicking off summer with this great, enduring band.

By Eliot Sekuler April 26, 1975
Skyband's Showcase Spells Out Success LOS ANGELES - Easily the flashiest pop -rock aggregation to debut thus far this year, Skyband (RCA) took a stylish bow to the Los Angeles audience recently at a special showcase at the Roxy Theatre. Basically a trio, Skyband members Steve Kipner, Pete Beckett and Lane Caudell were augmented by a couple of fine backing musicians in a clear demonstration of well -rehearsed and controlled stage dynamics. Although their material cannot be termed original in nature, their songs are without exception well - constructed and should bring smiles to the faces of RCA's pro- motion force; potential singles seemed to be spinning off the stage in rapid succession. "Bang! Ooh Ya Got Me," "Pie In The Sky" and "Dream Machine," all from their recently released Ip, constituted the highlights of an entertaining and fast -paced set. Their songs sport strong influences from such illustrious pop exponents as the Hollies, the old Animals, Stones and other English invaders of the sixties. Primary among the group's as- sets is their ability to blend their individual talents as vocalists and instrumentalists into a cohesive and frequently exciting sound. 



1978 – Player started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Baby Come Back’, a No.32 hit in the UK, the groups only UK hit.

Peter Beckett grew up in Liverpool, England, where he spent four years playing in a band called Palladin. He quit to come to America and join another group, Friends, which recorded for MGM. After a short time, they evolved into Skyband, which released one album on the RCA label. Skyband lasted long enough to play one concert in L.A. and tour abroad before breaking up.

In 1976, Peter slipped on his jeans and attended a classy Hollywood party. To his surprise, everyone there was wearing white except for one other guest, who had also come in Levi’s. Peter figured the other guy had to be a musician, so they sat down together and began to talk. As it turned out, he was John Charles Crowley, a singer/songwriter from Galveston Bay, Texas. The two hit it off, and made a date to listen to each other’s material.

Week of January 14, 1978

1. Baby Come Back

2. How Deep is Your Love
Bee Gees

3. Here You Come Again
Dolly Parton

4. You’re in my Heart
Rod Stewart

5. Back in Love Again

A few days later, Peter and J.C. held a jam session, and afterward decided to form a band. They added Ron Moss, a bass player from L.A., and veteran of two bands: Punk Rock and Count Zeppelin and his Fabled Airship. Ron brought along a high school friend, John Friesden, who, at one time, had toured the world as the assistant producer and drummer with the Ice Follies. Keyboard man Wayne Cook came abroad just a little too late; he missed being included in the photo used on their first album cover.

The boys were spotted by the production team of Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, and signed to their company, Haven. Lambert and Potter then negotiated a deal with RSO. A debut album was planned, which one critic was to call “a ten-song exercise in straightforward, romantic pop.” One of those tunes was “Baby Come Back.”

We wrote that pretty quickly,” recalled Peter. “It took about three hours one night, and then we spent about an hour the next night polishing it up. J.C. and I had just broken up with our girlfriends, and we were still feeling the sting. When we sat down to write, our moods just blended, and it came out as ‘Baby Come Back.’

“I remember rehearsing the song in J.C.’s garage studio. It was the middle of summer, hotter than hell, and there we sat with our acoustic guitars, working it up amid the spiders and cockroaches. We knew it sounded like a hit, though. There was so much personal feeling in the song that we knew we had something special.”

“Baby Come Back” broke on the radio in October 1977 and reached number one early in January. It spent three weeks at the top — more than seven months on the charts. During that time, over two million copies were sold.

This infuriated some critics, who felt that the boys’ style was a “blatant carbon” of several other groups. However, reviewers couldn’t seem to agree as to the source of their familiar sound. Various writers claimed that “Baby Come Back” was an imitation of Hall and Oates’ “She’s Gone,” while others insisted the band copied Foreigner, the Bee Gees, Steely Dan, the Eagles, Journey, and even Andy Gibb.

“Just call it rock ‘n’ soul,” said Ron Moss. “We pull from the best of both worlds.”

Player didn’t perform live until November 1977, when they appeared as the opening act for Gino Vanelli. Later, they toured with Heart, Boz Scaggs, Kenny Loggins, and Eric Clapton. Their second single, “This Time I’m in it for Love,” was a Top 10 hit in the spring of 1978. “Prisoner Of Your Love” was a Top 40 hit in November of that year. Their last charting singles were for Casablanca in 1980 and RCA in 1982.

And their name? “We saw the word on television when the players from the show were listed,” Peter explained. “We knocked off the ‘s’ and went with it. I think the word holds a certain ambiguity.”

“And also, people can hold up our album, point to it, and say, ‘That’s a great record, Player’.”