2008 – Peter MacBeth, a member of The Foundations who had the 1968 UK hit with Build Me Up Buttercup, was jailed for child sex offences. MacBeth sexually assaulted a young girl on four occasions over the course of six years and downloaded child porn from the internet. The 71-year-old was suffering from cancer and had had he a tracheotomy which meant he lost his voice. Doctors had said he had between three and five years to live.
Born February 2nd 1943
Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, West London
Peter was bought up in west London and finished his education at Watford Technical College.
St Albans Art College. He was a muli – musican from an early age; his father started teaching him steel guitar when he was only 9 years old, at school he was learning to play trumpet, and his love for drums saw him playing in New Orleans jazz bands when he was 13 years old. By 1963 he was playing electric guitar in various R&R bands around London. Two years on Pete took up playing the electric bass studying the Simandl & Ray Brown method, he played with several R&B bands, then Soul bands. He finally went professional with the Rockhouse Band fronted by Ralph Denyer (later fronting Blonde on Blonde). 1966 see’s Pete, Colin Young and Alan Warner forming the band The Foundations, who from their beginnings backed several visiting US soul singers including Edwin Starr. Pye Records signed them in 1967 and they recorded ‘Baby Now That I Found You’ which became a Number 1 hit single in 23 countries. Two more Top-20 singles followed, ‘Back On My Feet Again’ and ‘Any Old Time’. In 1968, Clem Curtis replaced by Colin Youngas lead singer, and they recorded the legendary track ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’, which became another international chart topping hit, this was followed by ‘In the Bad Bad Old Days’ a top 10 hit in many countries. In 1969 The Foundations tried and failed to reach a more mature and musically aware audience with ‘Born To Live, Born To Die’, a single which entered the top 50 at number 46, only to drop out two weeks later.
Seeing the writing on the wall, Pete quit The Foundationns in 1970, resting for a few months before joining former East of Eden members Geoff Nicholson (guitar), Brian Holloway (drums), Bernie Livings (alto sax’) from Manfred Mann and Simon Lait (vocals) from Alexis Korner, to form Bubastis, a jazz rock band. 1972 -1992 sees Pete as a freelance bass player/session man & occasional band member in London & Paris working with Link Wray, Freda Payne, Brian Parrish, Chris Jagger, Sammy Mitchell, Steve Swindells, Graham Bond, Robert Palmer and Algerian artist, Bouri Saib, among others. Sadly from 1992 to the present day, due to serious health problems, curtailed musical endeavours and Pete entered into the publishing world as Editor-in-Chief for EuroView, a Japanese language quarterly magazine promoting European business and culture to Japanese middle management. Later on Pete worked as Managing Editor for a company publishing the official programmes for seven golf tournaments on the European Tour. Much bigger health problems caused cessation of all work and a move to North Wales where Pete is currently receiving treatment for radiotherapy reaction in tandem with writing a novel and studying keyboards with the purchase of a Hammond organ and Lesley tone cabinet firmly in mind.