Pete Wingfield (b. May 7, 1948) is a veteran English singer, songwriter, session keyboardist, producer, and music journalist who became famous as a performing artist during the mid 1970s. He is best known on both sides of the Atlantic for the doo-wop-styled "Eighteen With A Bullet" (1975), an unusual novelty song based on word play on hit record chart positions that has nothing whatsoever to do with the war in Vietnam or actual bullets. (A "bullet" is record chart terminology for a song that is still selling strongly and/or moving up the charts.)
Born in Liphook, Hampshire, U.K., Wingfield played the piano as a child and launched his career in 1969 when he formed a band known as Jellybread with several fellow students at Sussex University. During the 1970s, he branched out into music journalism and became a regular contributor to various monthly journals. Over the years, Wingfield has contributed to dozens of recordings, either as a songwriter, session musician, and/or producer, by such bands and artists as Bill Haley, The Hollies, Freddie King, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Nazareth, The Sugarhill Gang, and Jimmy Witherspoon.
Pete Wingfield made his U.S. debut in 1975 with the self-penned/produced "Eighteen With A Bullet," which became a Top 20 hit on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts. Interestingly, this song lived up to its name during the week of November 22, 1975 when it charted at #18, and with a bullet. Wingfield had one other charting song the following year with "Lovin' As You Wanna Be" (1976). During the 1970s, he was also a member of Olympic Runners, a British funk/soul band best known in the U.S. for "Do It Over" (1974) and several other minor hits on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts.
- Pete Wingfield discusses various career highlights in an interview with DMME.net (April 2003).
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