Pete the Busker, a Liverpool icon always on Church Street, has died.
Who was Pete the Busker?
Pete, also known as P.M Rocky or “Plinky-plonky,” was a legendary busker and entertainer in Liverpool, known for his unique brand of air guitar and rock classics renditions. Despite his relative fame, little was known about this enigmatic icon until his death.
In a 2018 interview with Humans of Liverpool, Pete revealed that he had been on the streets for about a year, driven by the need to support his partner during a difficult time.
He said, “My biggest struggle this moment in time really, is to help my partner out. Basically something has happened and I need to do this to help her.”
Born in Barrow-in-Furness, Pete’s journey as an entertainer started in the Navy, where he used a brush as a guitar to entertain his shipmates. He later took to the streets of Liverpool, captivating passersby with his love for busking and entertaining people.
Pete’s Impact on Liverpool’s Music Scene
Pete’s presence on Liverpool’s streets provided a unique live music experience that was increasingly rare in the digital age. He believed in the power of live music to uplift people’s spirits, and busking allowed him to connect with the audience in a way that streaming music couldn’t replicate.
Unfortunately, the pandemic and the decline of live music venues had taken a toll on the busking scene, making Pete’s performances even more precious.
Despite the challenges, Pete’s dedication to his craft remained unwavering. His song choices ranged from obscure hits to crowd-pleasers, with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” being his personal favorite. Through his music, he touched the lives of many, spreading joy and smiles throughout Liverpool’s busy streets.
In the interview with Humans of Liverpool, he said, “I just love entertaining people.”