Peter Skellern (born 14 March 1947, Bury, Lancashire) is an English singer-songwriter and pianist.
Skellern attended Derby Grammar School (now Derby High School) and studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He later joined pop groups called 'Harlem' and 'March Hare'. Skellern played the organ at St Michael's Church, Bolton during his early years.
Skellern's first hit song was "You're a Lady" in 1972. The record featured the choir Congregation who had recorded the hit "Softly Whispering I Love You" and reached number three in the UK Singles Chart and number 50 in the United States Billboard Hot 100. He followed this three years later with "Hold On to Love" which reached number 14 in the UK chart. He also sang the theme song to the musical Billy Liar. For three years in the 1970s he worked on BBC Radio 4's Stop the Week, writing topical songs.
In 1978 Skellern had a minor hit with "Love is the Sweetest Thing" (which featured backing by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band), winning the Music Trades Association award for best Middle of the Road song. His album Astaire is regarded by many as a minor classic.
In 1981 he wrote, composed and performed in a series of musical...