The 1980s: Other Collaborations, Solo Singles & Covers
Peter Marsh worked with artists including Manfred Mann, Godley & Creme, Carlene Carter. His songs have been covered by musicians including Nick Lowe, Jimmy Ruffin and Hazzel Dean.
In addition to his collaboration with Vangelis, Peter Marsh worked as a session singer for various artists, notably Manfred Mann, singing on the album 'Chance' in 1981. The track 'Stranded in Iowa' is notable for opening with the Shipping Forecast from BBC Radio and featuring the morse code 'SOS' theme throughout
Peter Marsh worked with Godley & Creme (10CC) who produced the solo Peter Marsh single 'You Say You Wanna Love Me' (1981) on Polydor Reords.
Listen now (YouTube version recorded from a rare copy of the vinyl single including crackles, scratches and all!):
As a songwriter, Peter Marsh started to attract other artists to cover his songs during the 1980s.
Nick Lowe's 'Abominable Showman' (1983), which was produced by Roger Bechirian (who worked with Peter Marsh on Blanket of Secrecy), featured a reggae version of Peter Marsh song 'Cool Reaction' - Peter Marsh also featured on backing vocals.
Listen now (extended version of the Nick Lowe track):
...and there's also an acoustic version of the same song recorded by Peter Marsh and Andrew Howell:
Peter Marsh (a.k.a. 'Tinker'), contributed to Carlene Carter's 1983 album 'C'est C Bon' alongside his fellow Blanket of Secrecy members, Tailor and Soldier (Andy Howell and Roger Bechirian). The track 'Third Time Charm' was co-written by Carlene Carter and the Blanket of Secrecy trio. Carlene Carter also covered Marsh and Howell's 'Cool Reaction' on the album.
Disco diva Hazell Dean covered Peter Marsh song 'Harmony'. The original Peter Marsh single was released in 1984. Hazell Dean's single came out the following year, in 1985.
Listen now (Hazell Dean performing at the WWF Club Germany):
Soul legend Jimmy Ruffin covered Peter Marsh song 'Easy To Say (I Love You)', which was produced by Phil Harding for PWL Records (latterly PWE or Pete Waterman Entertainment) and released on Polydor in 1987.
Listen now (extended club mix):
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Download Fly Away (Charity Single)
Proceeds from sales of this beautiful song about coming to terms with a bereavement will be donated to St Christopher’s Hospice.
The single was released on 1 December 2016 and is available for download from music download sites and streaming services. Fly Away is the first single from Peter Marsh's forthcoming album 'Back To The Beginning' (which will be released in early 2017). ‘Back to the Beginning’, includes a number of tracks inspired by the loss of Peter Marsh's partner, Laurence, three years ago. Laurence was cared for by St Christopher’s Hospice at the end of her life and Peter is donating the profits from sales of ’Fly Away’, a single from the album, to St Christopher’s, in her memory. Although it was inspired by his personal loss, Peter believes and hopes that ‘Fly Away’ will be meaningful and inspirational to anyone suffering from the loss of a loved one - those memories which can be especially difficult to deal with at Christmas time. We’re sure you’ll agree that it’s a beautiful song and we encourage you to download the track from one of the following links: Remember you’ll be benefiting St Christopher’s with every purchase!
Download 'Back to the Beginning', Peter Marsh's new album
Ten songs that offer slivers of magic and moments of sublime comfort, an album of love and loss, optimism and progression that evokes a diverse range of musical genres from funk rock Lucky Man, soul Shoulder to Cry On acoustic Fly Away to the jazz blues feel of the title track Back to the Beginning.