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CRISPIAN ST. PETERS
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Chrispian St. Peters was born, the 5th of April 1939, Robin Peter Smith in Swanley, Kent. While a member of Beat Formula Three in 1963, he was heard by David Nicolson, an EMI publicist who became his manager. Nicholson suggested he use a stage name, initially Crispin Blacke and subsequently Crispian St. Peters, and deducted five years from his client's age for publicity purposes. In 1964, as a member of Peter & The Wolves, St. Peters made his first commercial recording. He was persuaded to turn solo by Nicolson, and was signed to Decca Records in 1965. In 1966, St. Peters' career finally yielded a Top 10 hit in the UK, with "You Were on My Mind", a song first recorded in 1964 by the Canadian folk duo, Ian & Sylvia, and a hit in the United States for We Five in 1965. It did not chart in the US until after his fourth release, "The Pied Piper", became forever known as his signature song and a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Under manager David Nicolson's tutelage the shy star was momentarily transformed into arrogance incarnate and astonished the conservative music press of the period by his suggestion that he had written 80 songs of better quality than those of The Beatles. Other stars were also waved aside as St. Peters announced that he was better than Elvis Presley: "I'm going to make Presley look like the Statue of Liberty . . . I am sexier than Dave Berry and more exciting than Tom Jones... and the Beatles are past it". No subsequent release would ever match the success of "The Pied Piper", although its success helped boost "You Were on My Mind". Thereafter St. Peters was remembered more for his idle boasts than his music. Later in 1970, he was signed to Square Records. Under this new record deal, St. Peters released a second LP, "Simply", that year, predominantly of country and western songs. He also performed on various Sixties nostalgia tours, and continued to write and arrange for others until his later ill health. On 1 January 1995, at the age of 56, he suffered a stroke. His music career was severely weakened by this, and in 2001, he announced his retirement from the music industry. He was hospitalized several times with pneumonia after 2003. St. Peters died on 8 June 2010, after a long illness, at the age of 71.

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Almost Persuaded
You Have Gone
Belgium
Decca 26.118
Value: 15

Almost Persuaded
You Have Gone
Germany
Decca DL 25 292
Value: 25

Almost Persuaded
You Have Gone
Holland
Decca AT 15069
Value: 10

Almost Persuaded / Laura
I Fall To Pieces / Sweet Lies
UK
Decca DFE 8678
Value: 45

But She's Untrue
You Ever Changin' Mind
Germany
Decca DL 25 266
Value: 15

But She's Untrue
You Ever Changin' Mind
Holland
Decca F 12525
Value: 15

But She's Untrue
You Ever Changin' Mind
South Africa
Decca FM 7305
Value: 30

Carolina
That's Why We Are Through
Germany
Decca DL 25 360
Value: 15

Changes
My Little Brown Eyes
Belgium
Rejoice 011
Value: 5
REISSUE

Changes
My Little Brown Eyes
Belgium
Decca 26.085
Value: 15

Changes
My Little Brown Eyes
Denmark
Decca F 12480
Value: 15

Changes
My Little Brown Eyes
Germany
Decca DL 25 256
Value: 10

Changes
My Little Brown Eyes
Germany
Decca DL 25 256
Value: 25
PROMO

Changes
My Little Brown Eyes
Holland
Decca F 12480
Value: 15

Changes / My Little Brown Eyes
But She's Untrue / So Long
France
Decca 457 126 M
Value: 10

Changes / My Little Brown Eyes
Your Love Has Gone / Jilly Honey
Portugal
Decca PEP 1181
Value: 40

Changes / You Ever Changin' Mind
You Were On My Mind / The Pied Piper
Australia
Decca DFEA 7529
Value: 30

Do Daddy Do
Every Time You Sinned
Germany
Ariola 13418 AT
Value: 5

Free Spirit
I'm Always Crying
Germany
Decca DL 25 313
Value: 20

Free Spirit
I'm Always Crying
Holland
Decca 15084 AT
Value: 15

The Pied Piper
Sweet Dawn My True Love
Belgium
Decca 26.052
Value: 15

The Pied Piper
Sweet Dawn My True Love
Denmark
Decca F 12359
Value: 15

The Pied Piper
Sweet Dawn My True Love
Germany
Decca DL 25 235
Value: 10

The Pied Piper
Sweet Dawn My True Love
Holland
Decca F 12359
Value: 10

The Pied Piper
Changes
Italy
Decca F 12596
Value: 25

The Pied Piper
Sweet Dawn My True Love
Norway
Decca F 12359
Value: 20

The Pied Piper
Sweet Dawn My True Love
Sweden
Decca F 12359
Value: 20

The Pied Piper / Sweet Dawn My True Love
You Were On My Mind / What I'm Gonna Be
Holland
Decca 457 110
Value: 20

The Pied Piper / Sweet Dawn My True Love
You Were On My Mind / What I'm Gonna Be
Spain
Decca SDGE 81.129
Value: 30

The Pied Piper / Tommy James
The Association / Jan and Dean
Iran
TOP4 EX-4109
Value: 35

Willingly / Almost Persuaded
You Were On My Mind / The Pied Piper
Singapore
Decca DFE 4027
Value: 30

You Were On My Mind
What I'm Gonna Be
Belgium
Decca 26.043
Value: 20

You Were On My Mind
The Pied Piper
Belgium
Decca 26.209
Value: 15
REISSUE

You Were On My Mind
What I'm Gonna Be
Denmark
Decca F 12287
Value: 15

You Were On My Mind
The Pied Piper
Germany
Decca DL 25 374
Value: 5
REISSUE

You Were On My Mind
What I'm Gonna Be
Germany
Decca DL 25 230
Value: 10

You Were On My Mind
What I'm Gonna Be
Holland
Decca F 12287
Value: 15

You Were On My Mind / What I'm Gonna Be
The Pied Piper / Sweet Dawn My True Love
France
Decca 457 110 M
Value: 20

You Were On My Mind / What I'm Gonna Be
The Pied Piper / Sweet Dawn My True Love
Portugal
Decca PEP 1159
Value: 20

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