Wilde World: Pete Shelley

Kim Wilde’s first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series ‘Wilde World’ will show. In this third installment: Peter Shelley.

Peter Shelley started his career in music as a song plugger with music publisher Chappell & Co. When he joined EMI in the mid-Sixties, he became personal assistant to chief songwriter/record producer Norman Newell, supervising several minor recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios. After some time working at Decca, he became an independent writer and producer, working with Ben Findon and Marty Wilde. Marty had had a very successful career as a rock ‘n’ roll artist in the late Fifties and early Sixties, but had started songwriting for several acts during the Sixties. Together with Shelley, he wrote many more hit songs.

After founding Magnet Records together with Michael Levy, Peter Shelley launched Alvin Stardust’s career, and then started releasing singles himself. His debut single ‘Gee Baby’ was self-penned, but the follow-up single ‘Love me, love my dog’ was written together with Marty Wilde. It became his biggest hit, reaching number 3 in the UK Singles chart. Listening to this song, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched that Marty could himself perform it during those feelgood days in the Seventies.

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