Penguin Cafe Orchestra, fronted by British guitarist Simon Jeffes, first released Music From The Penguin Cafe on Brian Eno’s Obscure Records in 1976; the record was also produced by Eno, as well. Obscure Records released only 10 albums between 1975 and 1978, including works by John Cage, Harold Budd, and Eno himself, among others.
Jeffes, born in 1949, was classically trained in guitar from age 13 and was involved in music recording at an early age. His early work included producer Rupert Hine’s solo albums Pick Up A Bone in 1971 and Unfinished Picture in 1973. In addition to these, he also collaborated with Hine on music for The Kenny Everett Video Show.
After Jeffes’ death in 1997, the band still continued to perform under the names Penguin Cafe and The Anteaters, including Simon’s son, Arthur Jeffes, in their lineup.