- Born Bernard Nierow, 22 May 1934, Brooklyn, New York
Nero was a child prodigy and trained as a classical pianist, but began working as a club pianist by the age of 18. He kicked around Manhattan and Las Vegas for a few years without much success until Roger Williams' manager heard him and decided to give him a try as a jazzier counterpart to Williams. His first RCA LP, "Piano Forte," was an immediate success and Nero began touring as a solo artist.
Over the next 10 years, he recorded over 20 albums for RCA, with "Hail the Conquering Nero" topping out at #5 on the Billboard LP chart. He won Grammy awards in 1961 and 1962 as Best New Artist and for Best Instrumental Performance, respectively. He also served as musical director of the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra, but was uncomfortable being typecast as a pop pianist. Despite his Top 40 version of "The Theme from "The Summer of '42" in 1971, he gave up pop recording and performs now as a jazz or a classical pianist, but not both simultaneously, as before.
For more information about Peter Nero, check out his website at www.peternero.com.
- Piano Forte, RCA Victor LSP-2334
- New Piano In Town, RCA Victor LSP-2383
- Young & Warm & Wonderful, RCA Victor LSP-2484
- For The Nero Minded, RCA Victor LSP-2536
- The Colorful Peter Nero, RCA Victor LSP-2618
- Hail the Conquering Nero, RCA Victor LSP-2638
- Peter Nero In Person, RCA Victor LSP-2710
- Sunday In New York, RCA Victor LSP-2827
- If Ever I Would Leave You, RCA Camden CAS-2228
- Nero Goes "Pops," RCA Victor Classical LSC-2821
- Reflections, RCA Victor LSP-2853
- Songs You Won't Forget, RCA Victor LSP-2935
- The Best of Peter Nero, RCA Victor LSP-2978
- Career Girls, RCA Victor LSP-3313
- The Screen Scene, RCA Victor LSP-3496
- Up Close, RCA Victor LSP-3550
- On Tour, RCA Victor LSP-3610
- Plays a Salute to Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, RCA Victor LSP-3720
- Xochimilco, RCA Victor LSP-3814
- Nero-ing in on the Hits, RCA Victor LSP-3871
- Impressions: The Great Songs of Bacharach and David, RCA Victor LSP-4072
- Love Trip, RCA Victor LSP-4205
- Tender is the Night, RCA Victor PRM-241(1967 promo for Abbott Laboratories' new product: Placidyl)
- I'll Never Fall in Love Again, Columbia CL 1009
- I've Gotta Be Me, Columbia CS 9800
- From "Hair" to Hollywood, Columbia CS 9907
- Summer of '42, Columbia C-31105
- The World of Peter Nero, Columiba C-31982
- Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose?, Columbia C-32689
- Disco Dances and Love Themes of the 70s, Arista AL 4034
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