1960s chart star Crispian St Peters dies aged 71

image captionCrispian St Peters also wrote numerous songs

Singer Crispian St Peters, best known for his 1966 hit Pied Piper, has died aged 71, at his home in Kent.

His death was confirmed by Chris Ashman, chief of Red Admiral Records.

"Crispian was loved, cherished and admired by anyone and everyone fortunate enough to meet him," he said in a statement.

The musician, who lived in Swanley, Kent, throughout his life, suffered a major stroke in 1995 and gave his last performance four years later.

St Peters - whose real name was Robin Peter Smith - began his career in the 1950s with a number of local bands.

In 1965 he was signed to Decca Records, leading to hit records including his biggest hit Pied Piper and You Were On my Mind.

Mr Ashman called Pied Piper "one of those happy songs which keeps going through your head".

St Peters was also a prolific songwriter, penning more than 200 songs during the course of his 30-year career.

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