Don Peake


Prolific and multitalented composer, musician & record producer DON PEAKE wrote the original soundtrack for Wes Craven’s THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977) where his eerie soundtrack punched up some of the films most unnerving scenes.

Don started his music career in 1961 as the lead guitarist for The Everly Brothers and played guitar for ten years in the Ray Charles Orchestra. Don played guitar on Phil Spector’s Righteous Brothers hit “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling,” Ike and Tina Turners “River Deep, Mountain High” and the Jackson Five’s hit song “ABC” to name just a few. He worked as an arranger for such artists as Roy Orbison, The Monkees, Wayne Newton, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Sonny and Cher, John Lennon, The Beach Boys, Diana Ross and many, many more. Don was a respected staff guitarist at Motown Records.

Mr. Peake was part of the legendary ‘Wrecking Crew’ an elite clique of notable musicians employed by some of the biggest acts on the planet. Phil Spector even used the crew to create his trademarked ‘Wall Of Sound’.

Don got his start doing movie soundtracks a year before THE HILLS HAVE EYES, with the documentary THE LEGEND OF BIGFOOT (1976) and the comedy MOVING VIOLATION (1976) and has done music for feature films and television ever since. You’ll find Don’s music in the exploitation film BLACK OAK CONSPIRACY (1977), horror films like THE HOUSE WHERE DEATH LIVES (1981), THE PREY (1984), Wes Craven’s THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (1991) and SANDMAN (1993). He’s done soundtrack music for TV movies like BATTERED (1978), DESIRE THE VAMPIRE (1982) and CODE OF VENGEANCE (1985). Thrillers like RORSCHACH (1993), BODY COUNT (1995) and THE KILLER WITHIN ME (2003) as well as action films, comedies, television series and science fiction films. Two of his films are Academy Award winners.

Most will know his musical work for the KNIGHT RIDER TV series. And yes, that includes the memorable theme song you can’t seem to get out of your head since the eighties!

Don Peake served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Composers and Lyricists and has judged the "Arranging Category" for the Grammys for the last 3 years. He is a member of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the Television Academy.

In 2007, Don Peake was inducted into the Musician’s Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN.

One Way Static Records is proud to announce the release of this historical motion picture soundtrack on deluxe packaged vinyl and cassette editions with extensive & exclusive liner notes.

A truly eerie experimental score that uses natural devices and existing instruments. It’s fascinating to know that most of the percussion sounds heard are actually the sounds of the bone & teeth necklaces worn by the actors that are being played like instruments. Not for the faint of heart!