Peter Giles (musician)

Peter Anthony Giles (born 17 June 1944 in Havant, Hampshire, England) is a British singer and bassist and he is the brother of drummer Michael Giles.

Peter Giles
Birth namePeter Anthony Giles
Born (1944-06-17) 17 June 1944 (age 76)
Havant, Hampshire
GenresRock, progressive rock, jazz fusion
InstrumentsBass guitar, vocals
Years active1960–present
Associated actsKing Crimson, Giles, Giles and Fripp, 21st Century Schizoid Band, Michael Giles


Early careerEdit

Peter began his career in 1960 with the band Johnny King and The Raiders, composed of the late Johnny King on vocals, Graham (Wes) Douglas and Roger Collins on guitar, Peter on bass and his brother Michael on drums. There is no record of any recording anywhere, single or album. This training lasted at least a year then the Giles brothers left to join the group Dave Anthony and the Rebels, besides the singer Dave Anthony (real name Anthony Head) it also included the pianist and guitarist Al Kirtley, Peter on bass and Michael on drums.

In those years, bands formed and separated quickly, Peter and Michael found themselves playing with The Dowlands from 1961 to 1963, during that time they produced 8 singles which are found on a compilation album released in 1998 entitled All My Loving. They are also called The Dowland Brothers & the Soundtracks and are made up of singer Alan Barry (civil name Bowery), brothers David and Gordon Dowland on guitar, Gordon Haskell on vocals and guitar (who would sing later with King Crimson on the albums In the Wake of Poseidon and Lizard) and of course Peter Giles on bass and Michael on drums. Following which, the Giles brothers played with two rather obscure bands, The Sands and The Interns during the year 1963, and then formed Trendsetters Limited with which they had recorded 4 singles, during their stay with this band which changed its name to The Trend. They were Geoff Robinson on guitar, Al Kirtley on piano, Peter on bass, Michael Blakesley on trombone and Michael on drums. In 1966, when the band split up, Peter and his brother then opted for another band called The Brain, which released two singles in 1967.

From Giles, Giles and Fripp to King CrimsonEdit

In that same year, 1967, the brothers published an ad in a newspaper looking for a keyboardist who sings, to form a new band, except that it is a guitarist who did not sing who introduced himself, Robert Fripp. They formed the trio Giles, Giles & Fripp, and produced a single album The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp. Demo recordings from the same time were later released as The Brondesbury Tapes with multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald and singer Judy Dyble (ex – Fairport Convention).

Following the departure of Peter Giles to other avenues and Judy Dyble to form the Trader Horn duo with keyboardist and singer Jackie McAuley, formerly of the group Them, Michael Giles and Fripp recruited guitarist-bassist-singer of Dorset Greg Lake and the songwriter Peter Sinfield, so King Crimson was born, who produced their first album "In the Court of the Crimson King" in 1969. After a tour in America, Ian McDonald and Michael Giles were disillusioned and left the band to record an album, McDonald and Giles , released in 1971, on which Peter Giles plays bass. Subsequently, Fripp reformed a new version of King Crimson with Gordon Haskell singing on one song "Cadence and Cascade" and Greg Lake singing for the other songs of the album "In The Wake Of Poseidon". Michael Giles is also present on drums to help Fripp with Peter on bass. Other musicians are Mel Collins on saxophone and flute and Keith Tippett on piano.

21st Century Schizoid BandEdit

Subsequently Peter Giles appeared on Todd Dillingham's album "Vast Empty Spaces" in 1994 with Mike Wedgwood, Andy Ward and Anthony Aldridge. He returned to music in 2002 with the group 21st Century Schizoid Band who produced 4 albums with former Crimson musicians, Ian McDonald, Mel Collins on saxophones and keyboards and Michael Giles on drums. He will be replaced in 2003 by another former Crimson, Ian Wallace. In 2009, the compilation album The Giles Brothers 1962 – 1967, on which are found the majority of the singles engraved by the bands with which they played during these years. One of the songs of the band The Brain, One in a Million was covered by Giles, Giles & Fripp on their 1968 album.

As of 2009, Giles was producing an album of original material with his wife Yasmine, under the banner of Aluna. This was slated for worldwide release later that year.


The DowlandsEdit

  • 1962 : Little Sue/Julie – Face A The Dowlands, Face B The Soundtracks
  • 1962 : Big Big Fella/Don't Ever Change
  • 1963 : Lonely Johnny/Do You Have To Make Me Blue
  • 1963 : All My Loving/Hey Sally
  • 1963 : Breakups/A Love Like Ours – Face A The Dowlands, Face B The Soundtracks
  • 1964 : I Walk The Line/Happy Endings
  • 1964 : Wishing And Hoping/You Will Regret It
  • 1965 : Don't Make Me Over/Someone Must Be Feeling Sad
Compilation album
  • 1998 : All My Loving

Trendsetters LimitedEdit

  • 1964 : In A Big Way/Lucky Date
  • 1964 : Go Away/Lollipops And Roses
  • 1964 : Hello Josephine/Move On Over
  • 1964 : You Sure Got A Funny Way Of Showing Your Love/I'm Coming Home

The TrendEdit

  • 1966 : Boyfriends And Girlfriends/Shot On Sight

The BrainEdit

  • 1967 : Kick The Donkey/Nightmares in Red
  • 1967 : Murder/Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)

Giles, Giles and FrippEdit

  • 1968 : The Cheerful Insanity Of Giles, Giles And Fripp
  • 1968 : The Brondesbury Tapes
  • 2001 : Metaphormosis

King CrimsonEdit

  • 1970 : In The Wake Of Poseidon

McDonald and GilesEdit

  • 1970 : McDonald & Giles

Todd Dillingham With Mike Wedgwood, Andy Ward, Anthony Aldridge And Peter GilesEdit

  • 1994 : Vast Empty Spaces

Michael GilesEdit

Solo album
  • 2002 : Progress – (Recorded in 1978).

21st Century Schizoid BandEdit

  • 2002 : Official Bootleg Volume One
  • 2003 : Live in Japan
  • 2003 : Live in Italy
  • 2006 : Pictures of a City – Live in New York – 2 CD

Peter Giles and Michael GilesEdit

Compilation album
  • 2009 : The Giles Brothers 1962 – 1967


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