NOVEMBER 11, 2007 – Drummer/vocalist JOHN PETERSON (b. January 8, 1942 in Rudyard, Michigan) died from a suspected heart attack. Peterson is best known as a member of The Beau Brummels and Harper’s Bizarre. He joined the Beau Brummels in 1964 and their first two singles, “Laugh, Laugh” and “Just a Little”, reached the US top 20. The Beau Brummels” song “Just Wait and See” was performed by the band in the movie “Wild Wild Winter.” The band also appeared in the 1965 science-fiction/comedy movie “Village of the Giants,” which was featured in a 1994 episode of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” Petersen also appeared with the band as The Beau Brummelstones on The Flintstones television animated sitcom in the season six episode “Shinrock A Go-Go,” which originally aired on December 3, 1965. He didn’t write anything for the band, but he did sing lead on “Sometime at Night” (from their second album) and “That’s All That Matters,” a Kinks-like garage rock outtake from their first album that eventually came out in the 1990s.
Petersen left the group after their third album “Beau Brummels ’66” to join Harpers Bizarre. Formerly known as the Tikis, Harpers Bizarre had a top 20 hit with a remake of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” in 1967. The group broke up in 1970, but Petersen returned for a reunion album in 1976. He also occasionally reunited with the Beau Brummels. In 1975, he played with and recorded on the band’s self-titled album. Petersen married Roberta Templeman, sister of Harpers Bizarre member/producer Ted Templeman, in 1969. Roberta Templeman became a vice president at Warner Bros. Records in the 1980s.