In 1972 he had a minor hit with a song, based on Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S.Bach & adapted by the song writing duo of Ken Howard & Alan Blaikley, who also produced the 45. It was titled “The Spirit is Willing” and the record label quotes the artist as Peter Straker – The Hands of Dr. Teleny. Released on RCA it entered the charts on 19 February 1972, had a chart life of 4 weeks & peaked at No.40.
Straker also originated the title role of Nosferatu in the British premiere production of Bernard J. Taylor‘s musical at the Eastbourne Hippodrome in 1995.
Recently he reprised his role in The Wiz with Birmingham Rep, and starred in The Hackney Empire’s Cinderella, The Landor Theatre’s The Glorious One’s and returned to the Edinburgh Festivalwith a brand new musical show, Peter Straker’s Brel which later played at the St James Theatre in London. More recently, Straker has performed in The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, in a concert performance of Piaf with The Matthew Jones Orchestra.
He most recently was announced to be returning to the Who’s musical Tommy, which began a UK Tour in 2017.