1972 Daniel Boone – Beautiful Sunday
Peter Greene was born in Birmingham, England, in 1942 and began singing as a member of The Beachcombers in 1958. Singer Tommy Bruce had a #3 record in the UK in 1960 with a remake of Ain’t Misbehaving, and he hired The Beachcombers as his touring band. They renamed the group The Bruisers.
In 1963, Peter changed his name to Peter Lee Stirling and began writing songs. Peter wrote the music and Phil Peters wrote the lyrics for I Belong, a song that came in second in the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest. Kathy Kirby sang the song, which came in second in the competition.
After the Bruisers split up in 1967, Peter became the co-owner of a recording studio in London. He recorded an album as part of the band Hungry Wolf. He also recorded two more albums with the group after it changed its name to Rumpelstiltskin, but none of those albums found their way onto the charts.
In 1971, Peter changed his name to Daniel Boone (yes, he named himself after the American hero). He signed with the Penny Farthing record label. His first single for the company was the original version of the song Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast. The record peaked at #17 in the UK, but failed to reach the Hot 100 in the US.
A year later, Wayne Newton recorded the song and reached #4 on the Hot 100.
Daniel and Rod McQueen co-wrote several songs together and finally found the charts in 1972 with the Daniel Boone recording of Beautiful Sunday. The single peaked at #15 on the Hot 100, but only reached #21 in the UK.
The single did well in several other countries. It sold over two million copies in Japan and remains the best-selling single in Japan by an international act.
Daniel continued working as a songwriter, but never again reached that dizzying level of success on the charts.
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