Pete Atkin / The Average White Band

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s 2000s


22 August 1945, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. This UK singer-songwriter enjoyed a brief period of fame during the early 70s, collaborating with lyricist Clive James (b. 7 October 1939, Kogarah, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) on a series of albums for RCA Records. Atkin played guitar and piano as a youngster before moving to Cambridge to study Classics and English at St. John’s College, which is where he first met James. After releasing a number of privately pressed singles and a solitary album (While The Music Lasts), Atkin signed a recording contract with Fontana Records. He made his major label debut in 1970 with Beware Of The Beautiful Stranger, which many critics believe to be his best work. RCA re-released Beware Of The Beautiful Stranger in 1974, but changed one track from the original release. Lack of commercial success was reflected in the artist’s moves to various record labels, switching from Fontana to Philips to RCA. Atkin did...

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