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Died On This Date (January 23, 1990) Peter Sweval / Looking Glass; Starz

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.

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4 Responses to “Died On This Date (January 23, 1990) Peter Sweval / Looking Glass; Starz”

  1. Kristina Sweval Peters said

    Thank you for the very nice picture and tribute to my brother. I just can’t believe he’s been gone 19 years because I still hear his voice.

    Again thank you.

    • Lanny said

      Pete was my best friend. I was the one who found him when he passed. I have the original tapes of the music that he & I were working on and tapes of the “Rico & the Ravens” Skatt Bros. album that was only released in Australia. I miss him very much. His talent was very under-rated.

      • themusicsover said

        man that must have been awful, Lanny, but it must be very gratifying to have those old tapes. It would be great if you could get them released some day!

        Thanks for visiting my blog
        Vince

  2. Kristina Sweval Peters said

    Lanny, just read your comments. I would love to have a copy of the Rico stuff since I can’t locate a copy of the Australian album. I still miss him.

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