PLAYER INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK HALL OF FAME
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The original members of the band included Peter Beckett (guitarist, lead vocalist), J.C. Crowley (guitarist, vocalist), Ronn Moss (bassist, vocalist), and John Friesen (drummer). After extensively playing the local club scene, Player was signed to RSO Records in 1977. Player gained popularity as a live act during the heyday of the 1970s stadium rock era. They began to develop a very distinctive edgey, yet very melodic rock style. Their biggest hit,"Baby Come Back", rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978 and was also a chart success in other countries. Their follow up single "This Time I'm In It For Love" also hit the Top 10 the same year. Among several notable accolades, Player was named Billboard's Best New Singles Artist of 1978. Eric Clapton became so impressed with Player that he invited them to open for him during his 1978 North American tour. They also opened up for Heart, Bozz Skaggs, Kenny Loggins, and Gino Vanelli to name a few. This further fueled their popularity. Eventually, the band began to headline their own events. Player released four albums during their active touring years: Player 1977(RSO Records), Danger Zone 1978(RSO Records), Room With A View 1980 (Casablanca Records), and Spies of Life 1982(RCA).
JC Crowley left the band after the second LP to persue his own solo career in country music while Moss left Player in 1981 to pursue a full-time acting career. After Moss's exit, Beckett and Friesen kept the band going with several different line-ups into the mid-1980s. Player then retired as a touring band in the 80's.
PETER BECKETT continued writing for other recording artists and movie soundtracks. He also did an eight year stint with Little River Band starting in 1990, while releasing his solo cd 'Beckett' in 1991. He was featured singing "Baby Come Back" at each Little River Band show.
J.C. CROWLEY became a Nashville performer & songwriter, recording his one and only solo album "Beneath The Texas Moon" in 1988. In 1989, he had country hits with "Paint the Town and Hang the Moon Tonight" (#13) and "I Know What I've Got" (#21), and was named "Best New Male Country Performer." He wrote a number of songs recorded by Nashville artists including Johnny Cash and The Oak Ridge Boys. He also fought and won a battle with cancer in the late `90's, and now works from home writing and recording for other artists. JOHN FRIESEN is now working in film production.
Moss and Beckett got back together in the 90's to record an additional studio album as PLAYER called 'Lost In Reality' 1996(River North Records) and released 'The Best Of Player' 1999. They then took a new band line-up on the road to promote these two albums, from the late 90's to the early 2000's.
RONN MOSS(with Beckett named as producer/songwriter) has also recorded two recent "solo" albums: 'I'm Your Man' (2000) and 'Uncovered' (2005), following their releases with a world tour. PLAYER is in the process of working on their sixth cd and celebrating their 30th year in the music business this October 2007.
Player's classic music is still heard on the radio today all around the world, proving that they have earned their place in the Rock Hall of Fame.