Peter F. Wolf (born August 26, 1952, Vienna, Austria) is a composer, producer, songwriter and arranger. In 2002, he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class (Österreichische Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst).[1] He is married to fashion model and lyricist Lea Wolf-Millesi Contents

Early years

Wolf studied classical piano at Vienna’s Conservatory of Music. At the age of 16, he won the European Jazz Festival as a solo pianist. Wolf was awarded twice with the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, a German award, for his work with Andre Heller and Erika Pluhar.

Coming to America in his early twenties, Wolf worked with local musicians such as Neal Starkey (bassist) and Bill Hatcher (guitarist) in Atlanta, Georgia and with Steve Sample Jr (drummer, son of Steve Sample, Sr) and Ray Reach (keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist) in Birmingham, Alabama.

After his time in the southeastern United States, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he played keyboards for Frank Zappa in the late 1970s. After his work with Zappa, he then went on to the band Group 87 with Patrick O'Hearn, Terry Bozzio, Peter Maunu, and Mark Isham. Recent Awards

In 2008, Peter was honored with a BAMA Award (Birmingham Area Music Award) for his contributions to the Birmingham music scene. This award is the local Birmingham equivalent of the Grammy. Peter and Chuck Leavell both performed at the BAMA Award ceremony, backed by the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame All-Stars, directed by Ray Reach.

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Recordings made with Frank Zappa

Sheik Yerbouti (March 1979), #21 US (Single "Bobby Brown", Peter Wolf on Keyboards, Butter, Flora Margarine) Joe's Garage 1 (1979), #27 US Joe's Gagage 2 & 3 (April–June 1979) Tinsel Town Rebellion (May 11, 1981), #66 US Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar (May 1981)

Studio keyboard and arranging work

Peter Wolf produced eight #1 songs and has produced, arranged and/or written for a wide range of musical talents.

A list of his pop hit productions includes: Jefferson Starship ("No Way Out" #23 US, 1984) The Commodores ("Nightshift" #3 US, #3 UK, 1985) Starship ("We Built This City" #1 US, #12 UK, 16 and 23 Nov. 1985) Starship ("Sara" #1 US, March 15, 1986) Wang Chung ("Everybody Have Fun Tonight" #2 US, #76 UK, 1986) [also performed drums] Wang Chung ("Let's Go" #9 US, #81 UK, 1987) [also performed drums] El Debarge ("Who's Johnny" #1 US, 1986, main theme of the film, Short Circuit) Nik Kershaw ("The Works", 1989) Go West ("King of Wishful Thinking" from the film Pretty Woman #8 US, #18 UK, 1990) Go West ("Faithful" #14 US, #13 UK, 1992) Heart ("These Dreams" #1 US, 1986), Heart ("What About Love" #10 US, 1985) (Synth, Piano & Creative Input) Patti Labelle ("On My Own" #1 US, 1986) Kenny Loggins ("Playing with the Boys" from the films Top Gun and Avalon) The Escape Club ("I'll Be There" #8 US, 1991) Starship ("Good Heart" #81 US, 1991) Indecent Obsession ("Kiss Me" #1 South Africa for 27 weeks, 1992)

Others Wolf has worked with include such popular but disparate artists as Paula Abdul, Pablo Cruise, Grace Slick, Santana, Survivor, The Pointer Sisters, Chicago, Cliff Richard, Natalie Cole, The Scorpions, 'N Sync, Oleta Adams, Big Country, Lou Gramm, Sérgio Mendes, Boz Scaggs, Joe Sample, Thomas Anders, Laura Branigan, BB King, Zucchero and The Who.

Film scores

In addition to his career in the world of rock and popular music, Wolf has scored a number of motion pictures including the 1993 film Neverending Story III, and Weekend at Bernie's II. Wolf has also composed many scores in Europe including the new animated picture for the Oscar-winning “Best Foreign Film” producer, Sven Ebeling, entitled “Nutcracker and Mouse King”, nominated for the Deutscher Filmpreis. He scored Leon DeWinter’s film The Hollywood Sign, starring Rod Steiger, Burt Reynolds and Tom Berenger.

Wolf’s other compositional credits also include the score for the number one German picture in 1997 Irren Ist Männlich (To Err is a Male Thing), as well as films such as Die Cellistin (The Cellist), Widows, St. Pauli Nacht (St. Pauli Night) and The Fearless Four. Peter Wolf is currently composing songs and the score for the American picture Band on the Run to be released in 2008. In 1995 Wolf received the "Billy Wilder Award" of the Austrian Film Academy and University of Vienna.[citation needed]

Recordings as a leader

Solo Albums 1969 - A Change in My Life 1980 - Tutti 2000 - Progression - A Symphony by Peter Wolf 2003 - The Other Side 2004 - Sense-ation - A Symphony by Peter Wolf Singles 1969 - "Kraft durch Freude" 1980 - "Tutti"(dedicated to his friend Janus) Gipsy Love Albums 1970 - Gipsy Love (The White Album) 1972 - Here We Come Wolf & Wolf Albums 1982 - Culture Shocked 1984 - Wolf & Wolf Singles 1982 - "Think Pink" 1984 - "Don't Take the Candy" Vienna 1987 - Guess What?

References Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits.

^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (in German) (pdf). p. 1509. Retrieved 21 December 2013.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Wolf_%28producer%29


PETER WOLF - Attended Ray's Jazz Improv class at the University of Montevallo in the late 1970's. Born in Vienna, Austria. Keyboardist with Frank Zappa and Sergio Mendes. Grammy Award winning session player and producer, living in the Los Angeles area. Also former student of Joe Zawinul.

Source: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/musician.php?id=1874


peter wolfPeter Wolf studied classical piano at Vienna’s Conservatory of Music. At the age of 16, he won the "European Jazz Festival" as a solo pianist. Wolf was awarded twice with the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, a German award, for his work with Andre Heller and Erika Pluhar.

Coming to America in his early twenties, Wolf worked with local musicians such as Neal Starkey (bassist) and Bill Hatcher (guitarist) in Atlanta, Georgia and with Steve Sample Jr (drummer, son of Steve Sample, Sr and Ray Reach (keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist) in Birmingham, Alabama. 

After his time in the southeastern United States, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he played keyboards for Frank Zappa in the late 1970s. After his work with Zappa, he then went on to the band Group 87 with Patrick O'Hearn, Terry Bozzio, Peter Maunu, and Mark Isham.

From 1980 to 1985, Peter Wolf was one of the top ranking studio keyboardists. He also became very succesful as a music producer and songwriter.

To date (june 2011), Peter Wolf has recorded 5 solo albums. He also recorded some albums with his different bands: Gipsy Love, Wolf & Wolf, and Vienna.

Source (with Zappa discography and other info)  http://www.united-mutations.com/w/peter_wolf.htm

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