> Who is Rod McQueen, and is J.C.Livingstone the same
> person? I know that Rod McQueen had some writing credits
> with Daniel Boone (aka Peter Lee Stirling/Peter Green)
> but I have never been able to access any info on him.
Others will do a better job than I on Rod, but what about
a little plug for Peter Lee! He was in a band called the
Bruisers, who had one minor hit.
Founded in '58 initially as the Beachcombers, the all
Birmingham born outfit comprised Lee Stirling (real name
Peter Charles Greene b.31.7.42) guitar/vocals; Peter
Julian McGinty (b.16.8.41) bass; Donald McGinty
(b.23.4.46) drums and Bobby Coral (b.1.9.40) vocals.
Stirling studied piano as a boy and taught himself guitar,
later becoming a draughtsman and gem seller prior to
founding The Beachcombers, while Peter McGinty had 12
different jobs in the building trade in four years. Coral
joined the outfit after Stirling had seen him take second
place in a local talent contest, while Donald McGinty was
the last to join, when they turned professional in '62;
having changed their name to The Bruisers in '60.
They had changed their name to back Tommy Bruce on his
first two hits 'Ain't Misbehavin' and 'Broken Doll'. As
they were accomplished musicians, songwriters Mitch
Murray and Peter Callender invariably used then as a
backing unit on demo records, for songs like 'How Do You
Do It' and 'I Like It'. There first single came out on
Columbia in March '63, but 'My Heart Commands Me' failed
to chart; it was credited to Lee Stirling and The
Bruisers. They were soon switched to the Parlophone label
and a song that they demo'd (intended for Del Shannon)
Johnny Worth's 'Blue Girl' was released in the summer of
'63. It entered the chart, where it stayed for seven
weeks, peaking at No.31 and this time it was credited as
just The Bruisers. For the follow-up the group reverted
to Lee Stirling and The Bruisers and released 'I Could if
I Wanted To' it failed to capitalise on their first
single. Their third Parlophone single, 'Your Turn To Cry',
was once again credited to just The Bruisers; this
schizophrenia probably hindered their efforts to become
Stirling's own prowess as a songwriter increased and The
Merseybeats took his song 'I Think Of You' written on the
back of a cigarette packet on a bus, into the top ten; it
was voted a hit by The Beatles on TV's 'Juke Box Jury'.
Another of his songs, 'I Belong' sung by Kathy Kirby came
second in the '65 Eurovision Song Contest, it was her
last hit single.
To add to the confusion by mid '64 they released 'Sad,
Lonely and Blue' as Peter Lee Stirling and The Bruisers.
Subsequent Parlophone releases singles like 'Everything
Will Be Alright' and 'Sweet and Tender Hold of Your Love'
failed to motivate the public in sufficient numbers. By
1967 the group had broken up and Stirling became a
coowner, with Bernard Mattimore, of a recording studio in
London's Whitechapel Road. Stirling was also releasing
solo singles on Decca, which included such classics as
'Goodbye Thimblemill Lane' in '67
In '70 Stirling was part of a studio band, Hungry Wolf,
which included Clem Cattini, Herbie Flowers and Alan
Hawkshaw. Stirling reemerged during the early 70's in the
guise of Daniel Boone to have sizeable hits on the Penny
Farthing label with 'Daddy Don't You Walk Too Fast' and
'Beautiful Sunday'. In '76 the latter song became a
million seller in Japan, temporarily forcing Boone back
on stage to promote it in the Far East. After that, Peter
Lee Stirling thankfully put to rest the name that Larry
Page had dreamt up for him and concentrated on song and
jingle writing. He created the jingle package for
London's first commercial radio station, Capital Radio.