Peter Knight

PETER KNIGHT DIES

Though his time with Chaplin on A KING IN NEW YORK was short-lived, Knight went on to a successful career with the likes of dusty Springfield, Scott Walker, Peters and Lee, and the Moody Blues, arranging, conducting, and co-composing the band’s 1967 concept album Days of Future Passed, which included the classic “Nights in White Satin.” In the late 1970s, Knight worked with The Carpenters on their two Christmas specials, and scored and conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic on the duo’s 1977 album Passage, including the trippy classic “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft.” Knight’s television work included shows by Morecambe and Wise, Bruce Forsyth, Harry Secombe, and the Song by Song by… series. In film, he orchestrated scores by Philippe Sarde (TESS, GHOST STORY, QUEST FOR FIRE) and Trevor Jones (THE DARK CRYSTAL). After Knight died of lung cancer at age 68, Yorkshire television launched the annual Peter Knight award to honor excellence in musical arranging.

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