Posted by themusicsover on January 23, 2010
Peter Sweval (Born Piet Sweval)
April 13, 1948 – January 23, 1990
Peter Swevel was the founding bassist for New Jersey pop band, Looking Glass. In 1972, they released their only hit, “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” which shot to #1 on the singles chart while selling over a million copies. No honorable ’70s pop collection is complete without it. After Looking Glass broke up in 1974, Swevel and Jeff Grob formed Starz, a hard rock band that also had one big hit, “Cherry Baby.” The band signed with Capitol Records and built a sizable cult following that still exists to this day. Musically, Starz has been compared to Aerosmith, Kiss and Cheap Trick, and have been cited as a direct influence on the likes of Motley Crue and Poison. Peter Swevel, age 42, passed away on January 23, 1990 of unknown causes.