Pete(r) Haycock was a founding member, and the former lead-guitarist/vocalist with the original Climax Blues Band from 1968 to 1984. Pete recorded 16 albums with Climax Blues Band during that stint, and his blistering blues licks, incendiary rock 'n' roll chops, and tasteful compositions helped set the stage for great success for them, in Europe and in America. Their Live act was their calling card, and 1973's "FM/Live" album was a dynamic showcase for Pete's guitar wizardry, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest Live albums ever recorded. Their breakout radio hit, "Couldn't Get It Right", penned by Pete, vaulted its way up the U.S. charts in 1976 to land at #3 on Billboard's Top 100. It enjoys radio play to this day. After his stint with CBB, Pete Haycock was asked by ELO's drummer, Bev Bevan, to form ELO Part II, with whom he toured and recorded in the early 1990s. Pete also toured and recorded for the "Night of the Guitars" double album with fellow guitar legends such as Robbie Krieger, Steve Howe, Leslie West, Randy California, Alvin Lee, Steve Hunter, etc... After that tour, he formed the group 'H Factor', with Steve Hunter and former CBB bassist, Derek Holt. In addition to touring with his own group, The Pete Haycock Band, Pete was asked by Hans Zimmer to contribute his trademark guitar licks to many motion picture soundtracks they worked on together, including "Drop Zone", "K2", and "Thelma & Louise", among others. Well known as one of the world's best slide guitarists, Pete's playing can be found on the hauntingly beautiful 'Thunderbird Theme' from the "Thelma & Louise" soundtrack. Pete composed and performed movie soundtracks independently as well, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 1993 for Best Original Score, for "One False Move" (starring Billy Bob Thornton). Two of Pete's acclaimed solo albums were the all-instrumental "Guitar & Son" (1989) and "Bikers' Dozen" (2005). Both feature a huge tapestry of styles and are recommended for lovers of great guitar. After recording primarily in the studio for the better part of two decades, Pete returned to the stage in 2008 with his new band, Pete Haycock's True Blues, which recorded an acclaimed Live album by the same name. Pete recently opened for ZZ Top in Germany, along with guitarist Siggi Schwarz. A charity album produced by guitarist Robin George, which extensively features Pete's guitar work, and the contributions of 42 world class musicians, was released as "LovePower and Peace" by Robin George's LovePower Band. This collaboration of talents spawned the new super-group PETE HAYCOCK'S CLIMAX BLUES BAND (featuring Robin George), in 2013, with an forthcoming album that was completed shortly before Pete's untimely death in October. This was to be a faithful return to the "true" original Climax Blues Band's legacy, and the news generated lots of excitement amongst fans of the original Climax Blues Band. The album, 'Broke Heart Blues' will be released in honor of Pete in the near future. Please show your support for this amazing artist, exceptional guitarist, composer, and one of the truly "good guys" in the music industry. By making your voice heard, we can rally to have this criminally under-appreciated artist inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, where he deserves to be! Thank you! God Bless You, Pete...
It still breaks my heart. I base a lot of my guitar style and vocal phrasing on Mr. Pete. In his long-hair "shag" days he looked a lot like my cousin Paul Moreno, and we had all the CBB's records. Favorite song: Summer Rain! I believe its Pete who sings it...breaks my heart.They were rock-blues-funk and soul! They did that better than all the rockers that tried that at that time! RIP.
A mesmerising guitarist. If you didn't see Pete live, you were really missing something. Saw Pete with Climax at Reading 1975 and many times thereafter and he is in my top five guitarists of all time.
one of the best !
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