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PETER HEAD

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Peter Head (born Peter Beagley) is an Australian rock music pianist and singer – song writer who came to prominence with Adelaide prog rock band Head-band. He also formed The Mount Lofty Rangers, which included Bon Scott on lead vocals.Peter also has a solo career.

He began playing piano professionally at 13, went to art school for years later and opened his own gallery for a while with his wife. He relocated to London at 19, working and touring with a reggae band run by Boz Burrell (Bad Company) and moonlighting in various other bands before in 1970 he returned to Adelaide and played avant garde jazz before forming Headband, with Bailey (later of The Angels) on bass, Mauri Berg (ex-Silhouettes) on guitar and backing vocals and Joff Bateman on drums and backing vocals. Headband released three national singles and an album and supported Elton John and John Mayall and toured Australia with The Rolling Stones, before went their separate ways in 1974.

Head then set up Mount Lofty Rangers, an ever–changing group of Adelaide that included Bon Scott, Glenn Shorrock and Robyn Archer. The Mount Lofty Rangers is the name of the ‘band’, which refers to the band of who work under that name in various capacities, including a painter, a welder and a mechanic – more than 200 people in the past few years. In 1978 he was honoured with a rock award from radio station 5KA for his contribution to the music industry based on his work with the Rangers.