Pete Zorn (born 29 May 1950 in Somerset, Pennsylvania) is an American multi-instrumentalist who plays roots music. He is best known as a longstanding member of Richard Thompson's touring band, where he serves as backing vocalist and plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, saxophone, flute, and tin whistle. He is also a bass guitarist.
Although he frequently tours with Thompson, Zorn has also played with many other singers and groups including Arizona Smoke Revue, formed by older brother Bill Zorn, Show of Hands, the Phil Beer Band, Elaine Paige, Thomas Anders, Gerry Rafferty, Barbara Dickson, Chris Rainbow, and his band WAZ which currently features folk legend Steve Tilston.
He also appeared in the UK Top 10 in 1979 as part of Driver 67 with his brother in law, Paul Phillips on the single, "Car 67". He and Phillips met when Zorn came to London with Fishbaugh, Fishbaugh and Zorn, a three-piece folk rock band signed to CBS Records in London. Because of his talent on so many instruments and a remarkable vocal range, Zorn became a staple of many sessions produced by Phillips in the early and mid-Seventies. After the hit with Car 67, they made an album called Hey Mister Record Man, under the name Tax Loss. Bill and Conrad Zorn also played.
In 2009 Zorn joined Steeleye Span on the Spring section of the band's 40th anniversary tour, replacing Rick Kemp who was absent for health reasons. He also replaced Kemp on the American and Australian legs of the tour. Kemp initially returned for the Winter leg of the tour, but Zorn re-joined the fold due to various strains on the band. He will tour with Steeleye Span for their Spring tour in 2011.
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