Whatever Happened To…? Pete Wingfield (18 With A Bullet)


Hampshire born Pete Wingfield is a singer, songwriter, keyboard player and music journalist who is best known for his 1975 top ten U.K. chart hit “Eighteen With A Bullet.”

Wingfield was originally keyboardist with blues rockers Jellybread.

Here’s “Evening” from the band’s sophomore LP, “First Slice.”

Pete’s real love was for soul and R&B music, and during the early 70’s he regularly wrote columns for music magazines, Melody Maker and Let It Rock.

He appeared on BB King’s 1971 album, “BB King Live In London”, and on Keef Hartley Band’s fifth album, released in 1972, “Seventy-Second Brave.”

Wingfield would also provide keyboards on three albums by Christian rock music performer Bryn Haworth, starting with “Let The Days Go By” in 1974.

Having signed a contract with Island Records, “Eighteen With A Bullet” would be a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, and, in addition, would be used on the soundtrack to the Guy Ritchie directed movie “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”. A corresponding album, “Breakfast Special”, would be his only commercially released long player.

Wingfield would become a popular session player for hire, contributing to recordings by Alan Parsons, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Maggie Bell, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, The Housemartins and The Beautiful South amongst many others.

His songwriting credits would include the title track to Olivia Newton John’s 1977 album, “Making A Good Thing Better.” He also wrote the cult dance hit “Eyes In The Back Of My Head” for Patti Labelle.

Between 1975 -1980, Wingfield teamed up as keyboard player for The Hollies, until turning his attention to the role of record producer. His production credits include Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Searching For The Young Soul Rebels”, The Kane Gang’s “Bad And Lowdown World…”, and The Proclaimers “Sunshine On Leith.”

In 1988, his song “Tribute (Right On)”, would be a huge hit for British r&b/soul group, The Pasadenas.

When The Everly Brothers reformed in 1983, Wingfield began performing keyboards in a relation ship that would last for the next 18 years.

No recent details are available of either live shows or recordings.

5 responses to “Whatever Happened To…? Pete Wingfield (18 With A Bullet)

  1. That should of course read KANE GANG, which leads us to renamed bands via predictive text.
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