J. Peter Robinson

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J. Peter Robinson
Birth nameJohn Peter Robinson
Born (1945-09-16) 16 September 1945 (age 75)
Fulmer, Buckinghamshire
Occupation(s)film score composer, arranger, musician
Years active1960s–present
Associated acts Brand X, Quatermass, Phil Collins
Website jpeterrobinson.com

John Peter Robinson (born 16 September 1945) is an English composer, musician, and arranger known for his film and television scores. [1]


Early years and pop music career

He studied piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music and enjoyed a successful career as a session keyboardist throughout the 1970s, working with artists such as Brand X, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Shawn Phillips, Quatermass, Sun Treader/Morris Pert, Carly Simon, Bryan Ferry, Stealers Wheel, Andrew Lloyd Webber and others. As a successful pop arranger, he has also collaborated in later years with Eric Clapton, Manhattan Transfer, Al Jarreau and Melissa Etheridge, among others. [2] [3]

Film music career

He made his film music debut as a solo composer in 1985, scoring a number of successful films including The Believers (1987), The Kiss (1988), Cocktail (1988), Blind Fury (1989), Wayne's World (1992), Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994), Highlander III: The Sorcerer (1994), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995, also directed by Wes Craven), Firestorm (1998), The World's Fastest Indian (2005) and The Bank Job (2008). He also composed for numerous television films and series including The Wonder Years, Eerie, Indiana, Tales from the Crypt, Todd McFarlane's Spawn, The Outer Limits, and Charmed. [4] [5]

In addition he scored the horror films The Wraith (1986) and The Gate (1987) with Michael Hoenig, and scored the English-language version of Godzilla 2000 . He also composed music for the 1989 movie The Wizard , as well as two songs from the film Shelter (2007), and music in dozens of episodes of the TV series Charmed . [6] [7] [8]





Jesus Christ Superstar

Shawn Phillips

Carly Simon

Yvonne Elliman

Sun Treader

Stomu Yamashta's Red Buddha Theater

Bryan Ferry


Lenny White

David Bowie

Stomu Yamashta's Go

Brand X

Phil Collins

Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida)

Mike Rutherford

Eric Clapton

Joan Armatrading

Partial filmography



Television films

Television series

Awards and nominations

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