Pete Williams (musician)

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Pete Williams
Born1960 (age 5859)
Origin The Midlands, England
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Instrumentsbass guitar, ukulele, keyboards
Years active1978–present
Associated acts Dexys Midnight Runners
The Bureau
Website www.petewilliamsmusic.com

Pete Williams (born 1960) is an English singer/songwriter and musician, known for his work with Dexys Midnight Runners, [1] The Bureau and These Tender Virtues. He is an original member of Dexys Midnight Runners and played on the number one single "Geno".

Dexys Midnight Runners band

Dexys Midnight Runners are an English pop band with soul influences from Birmingham, who achieved major commercial success in the early to mid-1980s. They are best known in the UK for their songs "Come On Eileen" and "Geno", both of which peaked at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as six other top-20 singles. "Come On Eileen" also topped the US Billboard Hot 100, and with extensive airplay on MTV they are associated with the Second British Invasion.

The Bureau were a new wave soul group formed in November 1980 in Birmingham, England, when the original lineup of Dexys Midnight Runners split-up. The Bureau retained their Dexys roots and played powerful brass-driven soul sounds.

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References

  1. "Dexys founder Pete Williams in Birmingham album launch". Express & Star. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
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