Peter Laughner

Real Name:
Peter Ravenscroft Laughner
Cleveland, Ohio singer, songwriter, guitarist, and occasional journalist (b. 22 August 1952 in Bay Village, Ohio, United States. d. 22 June 1977 aged 24 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States of acute pancreatitis) best known for being in the "classic" late period lineup of Rocket from the Tombs (1974-75) and also co-founding Pere Ubu in September 1975 after Rocket's split that July. Laughner was dismissed from Ubu in mid-1976 after appearing on two 45's with them.

Laughner started his first band, The Fifth Edition, in 1965 while he was in middle school. In 1967, The Fifth Edition became Mr. Charlie and lasted until 1970. Bands that followed include a 1971-72 stint in the Mr. Stress Blues Band as well as his own bands The Original Wolverines (1972), Space Age Thrills (1972), Cinderella Backstreet (1973), Blue Drivers (1973), Cinderella's Revenge (1974), Fins (aka The Finns) (1974), Peter & The Wolves (1975-76), Friction (1976-77), Cleveland Blues Underground (1977), and his final band Wolves (1977) (not to be confused with the earlier Peter & the Wolves).

He championed the underground music of Cleveland and elsewhere, regularly visiting New York as the CBGB's scene was taking off in the early 1970's parallel to the Ohio music scene which led to him booking the first Television show outside of NYC at Cleveland's Piccadilly Inn.

He recorded hours of songs to tape, most of which have never been officially released. These include many originals and covers, solo, duo, or with his bands, as well as collaborations w/ Lester Bangs, Peter Stampfel, Terry Hartman, Rockne Riddlebarger, David Krauss (of Tiny Alice), Charlotte Pressler (his wife during 1971-1976), Ruby Port (aka Helen York), and others.

Laughner also wrote for Creem, Zeppelin, Exit magazines, as well as the local Plain Dealer and Akron's Beacon Journal newspapers amongst other publications featuring his poetry, prose, music reviews and articles.
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CRC 2156 Peter Laughner - Notes On A Cocktail Napkin  album art Terry Hartman & Peter Laughner Terry Hartman & Peter Laughner - Notes On A Cocktail Napkin (LP) Cleveland Recording Company CRC 2156 US 1970 Sell This Version
239 Peter Laughner - Peter Laughner: album art Peter Laughner Peter Laughner:(LP, Album) Koolie Productions 239 US 1982 Sell This Version
TK9312043 Peter Laughner - Take The Guitar Player For A Ride album art Peter Laughner & Friends* Peter Laughner & Friends* - Take The Guitar Player For A Ride (Album) Tim/Kerr Records TK9312043 US 1993 Sell This Version
SV150 Peter Laughner - Peter Laughner album art Peter Laughner Peter Laughner (Album) Smog Veil Records SV150 US 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FE-006, none Peter Laughner - Cinderella Backstreet album art Peter Laughner / Cinderella Backstreet Peter Laughner / Cinderella Backstreet - Cinderella Backstreet(7") Forced Exposure, Inner Mystique FE-006, none US 1987 Sell This Version
SOL-218-7 Peter Laughner - Baby's On Fire / What Goes On album art Peter Laughner & The Finns Peter Laughner & The Finns - Baby's On Fire / What Goes On (Single) Singles Only Label SOL-218-7 US 1992 Sell This Version
SV150-7 Peter Laughner - 1973 – 1976 (Easily Excited) album art Peter Laughner 1973 – 1976 (Easily Excited)(7", EP, Ltd) Smog Veil Records SV150-7 US 2019 Sell This Version