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Pete Antell

As a young recording artist/guitarist for United Artists, Verve, and Dot Records, Pete Antell's early career was dedicated to writing hits, producing bands and solo artists, and performing internationally.

His recording of the guitar instrumental "Stampede", conceived with Scarlets' band member John Sanzone in 1959, and which is possibly the first "Surf Guitar"record ever (look out Dick Dale!), has been covered by over sisteen artists to date, and still counting! While still a teenager he joined the group "The Chants" and with their MGM Records hit, "Respectable" they embarked on a European tour (including playing in St. Moritz for Jackie Kennedy and in Italy for concerts and television engagements). Recording in Milan, Italy as "Pete Antell and The American Twisters" he had hits on Vedette Records with producer Armando Sciascia, and was featured in the Italian film, "Mondo Caldo di Notte."

Upon returning to the States, Pete and drummer John Linde formed Survey Music, a production company that offered hundreds of songwriting and producing projects in NYC's emerging pop and rock scene (which spawned the Carole Kings, Neil Diamonds, Phil Spectors, and re-defined the Pop Record Industry). Survey Music produced records for Cameo-Parkway, ABC-Paramount, Columbia, Elektra, MGM, Chess, Swan, Liberty, and Buddah - many at Long Island's legendary Ultra-Sonic Studios -- which Pete discovered by chance one day, introducing it to Billy Joel, The Shangri-las, The Vanilla Fudge, Janis Ian, Shadow Morton, Bruce Morrow, and others. Pete's songs were recorded by artists such as Tina Turner, The Walker Brothers, Ronnie Spector, The Percells, Bobby Bloom, Jay (Traynor) of the Americans, The Valrays, The Expressions, Mickey Lee Lane, The Tymes, and The Ad Libs.

As a recording artist, Pete Antell has had two pop hits that charted: "Night Time" (staying on the Top 40 charts for 8 weeks), and "Keep It Up" - both co-written with John Linde. And, his records of The Percells' "What Are Boys Made Of" and Mickey Lee Lane's "Shaggy Dog" & "Hey Sah Lo-Ney" became national hits. He wrote and produced the theme for Bruce Morrow's WABC-radio show, "Movin' and A-Groovin - Havin' a Ball with Cousin Bruce!", and launched Elektra Records' hit singles division with his audacious version of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A Changing". He has shared stages with some of the finest musicians of jazz and rock, performing on national tours with Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald, Henry ("Shannon") Gross. (Other career highlights include work with Ike and Tina Turner, Mitch Ryder, The Four Seasons, Timi Yuro, Judy Collins, Tony Orlando, Johnny Maestro, Phil Ochs, Jose Feliciano, and Jackie Wilson.

With a song repertoire spanning many decades and genres, he presented the Pete Antell Orchestra, prominent at the highest profile events, including two presidential inaugurations, and was featured in Woody Allen's motion picture "Crimes and Misdemeanors," where Pete was part of the scripted cast performing at The Waldorf Astoria in NYC. He has worked with top jazz musicians such as Count Basie, Dick Hyman, Tito Puente, Cab Calloway, Hazel Scott, Candido, Marty Napoleon, Harry Sheppard, Danny Davis, Angelo DiPippo, Jimmy Chapin and Lee Musiker. The Jazz producer and legend John Hammond would come to Pete's NY performances, and once wrote, "You really knockled us out last night!". His television spots/credits include his original songs featured in the network TV series; "Angel", and in the made for-TV movies "Seizure" (the Kathy Morris story), "Dragstrip Girls," "Runaway Daughters," and "Jailbreakers." Pete starred in the Off-Broadway dance/musical; "Sheer Romance", under the direction of Dick Hyman, with a lead musical-theater role at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Currently, Pete is working on a new album of originals - announcement of release to be made at that time.

Antelope Recordings presents: "The Percells Collection" CD - the very first time "What Are Boys Made Of" and all the girls' recordings have been made available! Digitally mastered from the original studio tapes - in glorious monaural sound - these pristine recordings sound fresh, and new - with liner notes by John Clemente! Available on, CD Baby, and iTunes.