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J. Peter Robinson

J. Peter Robinson
Birth nameJohn Peter Robinson
Born (1945-09-16) 16 September 1945 (age 75)
Fulmer, Buckinghamshire
Occupation(s)film score composer, arranger, musician
Years active1960s–present
Associated actsBrand X, Quatermass, Phil Collins

John Peter Robinson (born 16 September 1945) is an English composer, musician, and arranger known for his film and television scores.

Early years and pop music career

He studied piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music and enjoyed a successful career as a session keyboardist throughout the 1970s, working with artists such as Brand X, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Shawn Phillips, Quatermass, Sun Treader/Morris Pert, Carly Simon, Bryan Ferry, Stealers Wheel, Andrew Lloyd Webber and others. As a successful pop arranger, he has also collaborated in later years with Eric Clapton, Manhattan Transfer, Al Jarreau and Melissa Etheridge, among others.

Film music career

He made his film music debut as a solo composer in 1985, scoring a number of successful films including The Believers (1987), The Kiss (1988), Cocktail (1988), Blind Fury (1989), Wayne's World (1992), Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994), Highlander III: The Sorcerer (1994), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995, also directed by Wes Craven), Firestorm (1998), The World's Fastest Indian (2005) and The Bank Job (2008). He also composed for numerous television films and series including The Wonder Years, Eerie, Indiana, Tales from the Crypt, Todd McFarlane's Spawn, The Outer Limits, and Charmed.

In addition he scored the horror films The Wraith (1986) and The Gate (1987) with Michael Hoenig, and scored the English-language version of Godzilla 2000. He also composed music for the 1989 movie The Wizard, as well as two songs from the film Shelter (2007), and music in dozens of episodes of the TV series Charmed.




  • 1970: "Black sheep of the family/Good Lord Knows"
  • 1971: "Gemini/Black sheep of the family"
  • 1971: "One Blind Mice/Punting"


Jesus Christ Superstar

Shawn Phillips

  • 1970: Contribution
  • 1970: Second Contribution
  • 1971: Collaboration: Piano, organ, bass on "Moonshine" and orchestral arrangements on "The Only Logical Conclusion"
  • 1973: Bright White: Keyboards and orchestral arrangements on "All The Kings and Castles"
  • 1974: Furthermore
  • 1974: Do you wonder
  • 1976: Rumplestiltskin's Resolve
  • 1977: Spaced
  • 1978: Transcendance: Piano on "Implication"

Carly Simon

  • 1972: No Secrets: Piano on "Embrace Me, You Child"

Yvonne Elliman

Sun Treader

  • 1973: Zin Zin
  • 2001: The Voyage

Stomu Yamashta's Red Buddha Theater

  • 1973: The Man From The East - Original Score - Robinson on Fender Rhodes on 4 songs
  • 2007: Two Originals - The Man From The East & Red Buddha Theater - Compilation

Bryan Ferry


  • 1974: Ablution - With John Gustafson, Barry De Souza, Jayson Lindh, Jan Schaffer, Malando Gassama, Ola Brunkert

Lenny White

  • 1975: Venusian Summer

David Bowie

Stomu Yamashta's Go

  • 1977 : Go Too - Keyboards

Brand X

Phil Collins

Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida)

  • 1982: Something's Going On - Robinson on keyboards, string and horn arrangements. With Phil Collins, Daryl Stuermer, Steve Vai, Mo Foster, The Phenix Horns from Earth, Wind & Fire and The Martyn Ford Orchestra. Album produced by Phil Collins

Mike Rutherford

Eric Clapton

Joan Armatrading

Partial filmography



Television films

Television series

Awards and nominations

External links

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