The late 1970s saw the creation of a band who garnered a number one hit with the soft rock ballad Baby Come Back.
Player was formed in Los Angeles out of the ashes of two other bands – Skyband and Riff Raff. Peter Beckett, JC Crowley, Ron Moss and John Friesen formed Player and were signed to Phillips RSO Records.
Gaining popularity for their melodic soft rock, Player was asked to open for established acts such as Boz Scaggs and Gino Vanelli on their stadium tours in 1977.
Releasing their self-titled debut album, Baby Come Back was the first single from the album, written by Beckett and Crowley ,and released in October 1977 on a seven inch single, with the B side featuring Love is Where You Find It.
Climbing the Billboard Hot 100 throughout the latter half of 1977, the song hit number one in January 1978, knocking off The Bee Gees’ How Deep is Your Love, fellow label mates on RSO Records.
The band also hit number one on the Canadian charts, and landed on a smattering of charts in Europe.
Although the band had continued success, this single was their only number one hit and was also called one of the top 10 Yacht Rock songs, a style of music attributed to California, blending soft rock with smooth soul and smooth jazz to create clean sounds.