King first came to prominence in 1965 when "Everyone's Gone to the Moon", a song that he wrote and sang while still an undergraduate, achieved chart success in Britain and the United States. The Guardian reported in 2002 that he had sold over 40 million records in his career. As an independent producer, he discovered and named Genesis in 1967, producing their first album From Genesis to Revelation. He founded his own label, UK Records in 1972. He released and produced songs for 10cc and the Bay City Rollers. In the 1970s King became known for hits that he performed and/or produced under different names, including "Johnny Reggae", "Loop di Love", "Hooked On A Feeling" and "Una Paloma Blanca"; between September 1971 and 1972 alone he produced 10 top 30 singles in the UK. Rod Liddle described him as someone who could "storm the pop charts at will, under a hundred different disguises".
While living in New York in the 1980s, King appeared on radio and television in the UK, including on the BBC's Top of the Pops and Entertainment USA. In the early 1990s he produced the Brit Awards, and from 1995 he selected and produced the British entries for the Eurovision Song Contest, including the winning entry in 1997, "Love Shine a Light" by Katrina and the Waves.
In September 2001, King was convicted of child sexual abuse and sentenced to seven years in prison, for having sexually assaulted five boys, aged 14 and 15, in the 1980s. In November 2001 he was acquitted of 22 similar charges. He was released on parole in March 2005. A further trial for sexual offences against teenage boys resulted in several not guilty verdicts and the trial being abandoned in June 2018.
King in 2007
Kenneth George King
6 December 1944
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
|Occupation||Record producer, singer-songwriter, music entrepreneur, TV presenter|
|Known for||Pop music, discovery of Genesis, early 10cc and Bay City Rollers hits|
|"Everyone's Gone to the Moon" (1965) and other singles|
|Television||Entertainment USA (BBC)|
|Awards||Music Industry Trusts Award, 1997|
King was born in a nursing home in Bentinck Street, Marylebone, London, the first child of Jimmy King (d. 1954) and his wife, Ailsa Linley Leon (1916–2007), a former actress. Originally from New Jersey, Jimmy King had moved to England when he was 14. He attended Oundle School and Trinity College, Cambridge, before joining the American Field Service during World War II and later Tootal Ties and Shirts as managing director.
King's birth was a forceps delivery and a muscle on his upper lip was affected during it, giving him his slightly crooked smile. After he was born, the family lived in Gloucester Place, Marylebone, then moved to Surrey, where King and his younger brothers, James and Anthony ("Andy"), were raised in Brookhurst Grange, a mansion near Ewhurst.
King was sent to boarding school, first as a weekly boarder to pre-prep school in Hindhead, Surrey, then, when he was eight, to Stoke House Preparatory School in Seaford, East Sussex. A year later, in 1954, his father died from a heart attack. Brookhurst Grange was sold, and the family moved to Cobbetts, a cottage in nearby Forest Green.
Music became a passion around this time. King would save his pocket money for train trips to London to watch My Fair Lady, The King and I, Irma la Douce, Salad Days, Damn Yankees and Kismet from the cheap seats in the balcony. He also discovered pop music and bought his first single, Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues" (1956).
In 1958 King became a boarder at Charterhouse in Godalming, Surrey. He wrote that he "loved Charterhouse immediately", with its history and "every possible area of encouragement from sport to intellectual pursuits." Unlike at Stoke House, there were other boys there who appreciated pop music. He bought a transistor radio and earphones and joined the "under the bedclothes" club, listening to Tony Hall, Jimmy Savile, Don Moss and Pete Murray on Radio Luxembourg, and keeping track of the New Musical Express charts. The music, particularly Buddy Holly, Adam Faith, Roy Orbison and Gene Pitney, made him "ache with desire":
Since "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" swept me off my feet, I had become a raving pop addict, desperate for a fix every few seconds. I kept thick notebooks packed with copies of the weekly charts, adverts for new products, pages of predictions of future hits, reviews and comments about current artistes. Looking at them now, there was no way I could ever have avoided a future in the music industry.
King left Charterhouse in 1962 to attend Davies's, a London crammer, for his A levels. With his wages from a job stacking shelves in a supermarket, he made a demo of himself the following year singing "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" and "Fool's Paradise" with the Ted Taylor Trio, a professional group in Rickmansworth. Wearing a pinstripe suit and trainers, he approached John Schroeder of Oriole Records and told him he could make a hit record. "I have been studying the music industry for the last three years and it is one big joke," Schroeder reported him as saying. "Anyone can make it if they're clever and can fool a few people." After hearing King's demo, Schroeder booked a studio session with an orchestra but thought that King could not sing in tune.
King also joined a local band in Cranleigh, the Bumblies, as manager/producer and occasional singer—wearing thigh-length boots and long black gloves, during the band's appearances at birthday parties and similar.
Despite the cramming, King failed the scholarship exam for Trinity College, Cambridge, but he was offered a place in 1963 after an interview. He accepted, but first took a gap year and spent six months travelling with a round-the-world ticket from his mother. Staying mostly in youth hostels, he visited Greece, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and the United States, including Hawaii, where, in June 1964, he met the manager of the Beatles, Brian Epstein. They spent hours together in Honolulu discussing the music industry, King wrote.[a] In October that year King began to study for his degree in English literature at Cambridge, lodging in Jesus Lane.
Around the time King began at Cambridge, the Bumblies (featuring Terry Ward) recorded a song he had written and produced, "Gotta Tell", which King persuaded Fontana Records to release. It appeared in April 1965 and "rightly sank without trace", King writes, but the experience of taking it from label to label, and then trying to find people to play it, taught him how to promote a record. He called DJs and television producers to ask them to listen to it and, because it was Easter, delivered hundreds of vinyl singles to music critics complete with Easter eggs he had painted himself. King and the Bumblies recorded another of his songs, "All You've Gotta Do", with producer Joe Meek, but nothing came of it.
Keen to break into the music business, King contacted Tony Hall of Decca Records, who put him in touch with the Zombies' producers Ken Jones and Joe Roncoroni. King played them one of his songs, "Green is the Grass", and they asked him to write a B side. He offered them six songs, including "Everyone's Gone to the Moon", which became the A side. They also suggested he change his name.
Decca released "Everyone's Gone to the Moon" in August 1965. Relying on the contacts he had made while promoting "Gotta Tell", King plugged it relentlessly to radio stations to get it on their playlists. DJ Tony Windsor of Radio London, a pirate station broadcast from the MV Galaxy, was the first to play it, not only once, but three times in a row. (Windsor later said he did this only because of a problem with his other turntable.) It sold 26,000 copies the next day.
When the song made number 18 in the charts, King was invited onto the BBC's Top of the Pops, introduced by Jimmy Savile. The following day it sold 35,000 copies. It peaked at number four in the UK (the Beatles were at number one with "Help!") and 17 in the US, and was awarded a gold disc. Nina Simone, Bette Midler, and Marlene Dietrich all covered it. After telephoning King to ask his permission, Dietrich sang "Everyone's Gone to the Moon" and its B side, "Summer's Coming", at the Golders Green Hippodrome in October 1966, with an arrangement by Burt Bacharach.
From his second year at university, King split his time between Cambridge and London, moving into a three-bedroom apartment, owned by his mother, at 20 St Andrews Mansions, Dorset Street, Marylebone, driving there from classes in his white MGB GT. His next release, "Green is the Grass", flopped, but the third (which he wrote and produced, but did not perform), "It's Good News Week" by Hedgehoppers Anonymous, was a hit. It was released in September 1965 through Decca and credited to King and his new publishing company, JonJo Music Co. Ltd, which was named after King, Ken Jones and Joe Roncoroni and based in Jones' and Roncoroni's office at 37 Soho Square. Briefly banned by the BBC because of its lyrics about birth control, the song made the top five in the UK and top 50 in America.
Also in 1965, King began contributing a column to Disc and Music Echo, a weekly magazine edited by Ray Coleman. King adopted a deliberately provocative style, promoting new acts but also publishing criticism of the music industry and particular artists. Michael Wale described him as "the butterfly who stamped its foot".
In early 1967, King attended an old boys' reunion at Charterhouse. He said he went there to show off, "oust[ing] Baden Powell as their most famous Old Boy." When they heard he was going to be there, a school band recorded a demo tape for him, and a friend, John Alexander, left the cassette in King's car with a note, "These are Charterhouse boys. Have a listen". Calling themselves Anon, the band consisted at that point of Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips, Chris Stewart and Mike Rutherford, then all aged 15 to 17.
King liked several songs such as "She is Beautiful" (which became "The Serpent" on the band's first album) and, according to Philips, they got the deal with King on the basis of that song. King signed the band to JonJo Music and licensed the short-term rights to Decca Records. He paid them ₤40 for four songs, and came up with their name, Genesis, to mark the start of his own career as a record producer. According to Phillips, King was "hugely patient and indulgent" with the band. John Silver, drummer on the first album, wrote in 2007:
We would be pretending to rehearse or simply waiting around and somehow somebody would bring a message to the flat, "Quick, get over to Jonathan King's flat, because Paul McCartney's turning up." We would scurry over as quickly as possible because the art was to be there, looking casual, before the next famous person arrived, so that Jonathan King could say, "Hey, these are my new protégés." I trusted him as a god, because he knew these people. It wasn't celebrity like it is now. There were only a few famous people and he knew them. If Jonathan said jump or stand backwards or stand on your head, basically you did it. This was the nature of the relationship; he was completely omnipotent, in a decent way.
King produced their first three singles, including "The Silent Sun" (1968) and an album, From Genesis to Revelation (1969). Banks and Gabriel wrote "The Silent Sun" as a late-1960s Bee Gees "pastiche" to please King; Robin Gibb's voice was apparently King's favourite at the time. The records made little impact; the album sold just 649 copies "and we knew all of those people personally," wrote Banks. King slowly lost interest in the band. Their next demo was even less "poppy"; the more complicated the songs, the less King liked them. Genesis left King in 1970 for Tony Stratton-Smith's Charisma Records, were joined by Phil Collins and Steve Hackett—and, after another two unsuccessful albums, released Foxtrot (1972) to critical acclaim. King retained the rights to the first album and re-released it several times under different titles. Rutherford said in 1985 that, "for all his faults", King had given the band an opportunity to record, which at that time was hard to come by.[b]
When King graduated from Cambridge in June 1967, the press covered his graduation ceremony: "Jonathan King becomes M.A. (Cantab.)". Shortly afterwards Tony Firth, an ATV producer and Trinity graduate, asked King to present Good Evening, a weekly television show that ran nationally on ATV at 6:30 pm on Saturdays from October 1967 to 1968. The following year he began broadcasting for BBC Radio 1, including a "blast off" slot on the Stuart Henry show.
Tired of living in the Dorset Street apartment, King bought a three-storey mews house near Porchester Terrace, Bayswater, in which he still lived as of 2016, for £18,650. Around this time, he was recruited by Sir Edward Lewis, the founder of Decca Records and another Trinity graduate, to be his unpaid (expenses only) personal assistant. King writes that Lewis recruited him twice for this position, once not long after graduation and again in the late 1970s.
"It's Good News Week" (1965) was the last big hit King had for four years. Then his cover of "Let It All Hang Out" (1969) made the top 30 in January 1970, and he went on to become the top singles producer of 1971 and 1972, beginning with "It's the Same Old Song". Released by B&C Records in December 1970 under a pseudonym, the Weathermen, it moved into the charts a month later. Using pseudonyms meant more airtime: radio producers might play several songs by the same artist during a programme without realizing they had devoted so much airtime to one person.
King's 1971 releases included a version of Bob Dylan's "Baby, You've Been On My Mind", released as Nemo, which failed to chart; The Sun Has Got His Hat On, also as Nemo; "Sugar, Sugar" as Sakkarin; "Leap Up and Down (Wave Your Knickers in the Air)" by St Cecelia (this one a real band, rather than a pseudonym), which went to number 12; and "Lazy Bones", "Flirt" and "Hooked On A Feeling" released under his own name.
Bell Records asked King to produce four songs for the Bay City Rollers, including their first hit, "Keep on Dancing", on which King sang the 13 backing vocals himself. Released in May 1971, the single reached number nine.
"Hooked On A Feeling", a country song that King had turned into a pop hit, adding "ooga chaka ooga ooga" to the intro, was a Top Thirty hit. King's arrangement later gave Swedish group Blue Swede a US number one in April 1974. The arrangement featured in Reservoir Dogs (1992), at least one episode of Ally McBeal, where it provided the music for the Dancing Baby (1998), and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), although King writes that he made no money from the Blue Swede version.
Another top three 1971 hit was "Johnny Reggae", a ska pop song about a skinhead, written by King after he was introduced to a Johnny Reggae at the Walton Hop disco in Surrey. It was sung by King and middle-aged session singers pretending to be teenagers, credited to The Piglets and released by Bell. John Stratton writes that "Johnny Reggae" was the "first British hit with a ska beat to have been written by a white Englishman ... and performed by white English singers and musicians." While, according to Lloyd Bradley, the BBC was reluctant to play reggae by black Jamaican artists, "Johnny Reggae", which Bradley described as "lamentable [and] audibly jarring", reached number three in the UK in November 1971 (when Slade's "Coz I Luv You" was number one) and stayed in the top 50 for 12 weeks.[c]
It has been reported that, under various different names and in assorted formats, he sold around 40 million records.
In 1972 King set up a record label, UK Records, distributed by Decca and later Polygram in the UK and London Records in the US. Chris Denning left Bell to run the UK office and Fred Ruppert, formerly of Elektra Records, the US office. Don Wardell then took over the US office, Denning left and Wardell moved back to run the UK company. King's brother Andy was hired in 1974 as the promotion manager. Clive Selwood, who had helmed John Peel's label Dandelion, then took over as manager.
The label's first hit was "Seaside Shuffle" by Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs, followed by King's "Loop di Love", which reached number four, released under the pseudonym Shag. Other signings included Ricky Wilde, then 11 years old and promoted to fill the gap later taken by Donny Osmond, a potential David Cassidy, Simon Turner, Roy C, the First Class and Lobo. The label also released King's cover of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (1974) under the name Bubblerock, described as a "Grateful Dead"-style country version", which met the approval of Mick Jagger.
In June 1973, after seeing The Rocky Horror Show on its second night, King invested a 20% stake in it, making him one of its two original backers, along with Michael White, and produced and released The Rocky Horror Show Original London Cast.
The label's most significant signing was 10cc. Eric Stewart, one of the band members, had known King since 1965, when Stewart was with The Mindbenders and King had wanted to manage them. The band had planned to release "Donna" as a B side, but decided it could be a hit: "We only knew of one person who was mad enough to release it," Stewart said, "and that was Jonathan King." King gave the band its name and released two of the group's albums (10cc and Sheet Music) and eight singles. "Donna" (1972) and "Rubber Bullets" (1973), reached number two and one respectively, followed by "The Dean and I" (1973) and "The Wall Street Shuffle" (1974). The band only dented the American market, with "Rubber Bullets" making 73 on the Billboard Hot 100. 10cc left UK Records in 1975 for Mercury Records, after which they achieved success in America, particularly with "I'm Not in Love" (1975).
In April 1978 King stood for parliament as an independent in the Epsom and Ewell by-election, calling himself the Royalist party. He gained 2,350 votes. A year later he decided to leave the music industry and closed UK Records. He wrote to the charts committee of the British Phonographic Industry in August 1979 alleging that the lower levels of the charts reflected "clever promotion and marketing rather than good records", and suggesting that only information about the top 30 should be made available. The idea was that this would force programmers to base their airplay decisions on something other than the lower charts.
The UK Records New York office on 57th Street was turned into an apartment, and King set about building a new career in writing and broadcasting. He was given a weekly five-minute slot on BBC Radio 1 called "A King in New York", a "Postcard from America" slot in Radio 4, and he reported for Radio 1 on the 1980 presidential election. In December 1980, watching television in bed, he heard there had been a shooting outside the Dakota Apartments. He called and woke up BBC producer Tom Brook, who was living in New York; Brook became the first to announce to the UK that John Lennon had died.
Throughout 1980 and 1981 King presented a radio talk show on New York's WMCA from 10–12 weekday mornings, and regularly reported from the United States on Top of the Pops. He devised and hosted a spinoff series, Entertainment USA, broadcast on BBC 2, which was nominated for a BAFTA in 1987. He also created and produced No Limits, a youth programme.
His first novel, Bible Two, was published in 1982. It tells the story of a window dresser in "Selfishes" who inherits his family's millions. He was also hired by Kelvin MacKenzie, editor of The Sun, to write a weekly column, "Bizarre USA", which began in February 1985 and continued for eight years. He continued with several music projects, including with the hard-rock supergroup Gogmagog, which released an EP, I Will Be There (1985).
In 1987 King hosted the Brit Awards for the BBC, and from 1990 to 1992 was the event's producer. He resigned just after the 1992 show because he and the British Phonographic Industry, which runs the awards, disagreed about the show's format. The following year he founded The Tip Sheet (1993–2002), an influential weekly trade magazine promoting new acts.
King's media work included finding and producing the Eurovision Song Contest entrant for the BBC from 1995. He selected several songs for them. Love City Groove's song, "Love City Groove", came tenth in 1995. Gina G's "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" came eighth the following year, and was number one in the UK. "Love Shine A Light" by Katrina and the Waves came first in 1997. His entry for 1998, when the UK hosted the event in Birmingham, was by Imaani and came second. His writing continued. His second novel, The Booker Prize Winner, was published that year. He was involved in finding and promoting the Chumbawamba hit "Tubthumping" (1997), which made number two, and the Baha Men's number one hit, "Who Let the Dogs Out?" (2000) which he first released under the name Fat Jakk and his Pack of Pets.
In October 1997 King received a Music Industry Trusts Award at a dinner held in his honour at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. A video tribute to him featured Guy Mitchell, Ozzy Osbourne, The Moody Blues and Hanson. The following year he devised The Record of the Year, produced by his Tip Sheet and London Weekend Television, a show in which the public voted for the year's best single. In 2000 Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of the new Popstars talent show, considered hiring King as anchor of its judging panel, but he turned it down. Lythgoe took the position himself.
In September 2001 King was convicted, after a two-week trial at the Old Bailey, on four counts of indecent assault, one of buggery and one of attempted buggery, committed between 1983 and 1987 against five boys aged 14 and 15. In a second trial he was found not guilty after an alleged victim (someone King denied having ever met) acknowledged that he could have been 16 or older at the time. Three further trials that had been scheduled were ordered abandoned.[d] King continued to maintain his innocence throughout, protesting, among other things, that the lack of a statute of limitations in the UK for sex offences meant he had been unable to defend himself adequately because of the many years that had passed.
The National Criminal Intelligence Service had begun investigating King for child sexual abuse in 2000, when a man told them he had been assaulted by King and others 30 years earlier. The man had originally approached publicist Max Clifford, himself later jailed in 2014 for sexual assault, about other men; Clifford told him that he needed to include a celebrity in his allegations and that he should go to the police. King was arrested in November that year and bailed on £150,000, £50,000 of which was put up by Simon Cowell. He was arrested again in January 2001 on further allegations. Twenty-seven men told police that King had sexually assaulted them during the period 1969–1989. Police found pictures of teenagers in a search of King's home. King admitted having approached thousands of people with questionnaires about youth interests, doing market research. The questionnaires asked recipients to list topics according to importance including music, sport, friends and family; the prosecution claimed that boys who listed sex high in their list of priorities were then targeted by King.
After the second trial at the Old Bailey on 21 November 2001, Judge David Paget QC sentenced King to 7 years in prison using the first trial verdict as a sample for "all previous sexual behaviour". In addition, King was placed on the Sex Offenders Register, prohibited from working with children, and ordered to pay £14,000 costs.[e] In 2003 the Court of Appeal rejected his application to appeal both the conviction and the sentence; he had argued that the conviction was unsafe and the sentence, with guidelines of two years, had been "manifestly too severe". He appealed twice unsuccessfully to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, and was released on parole in March 2005.
Journalist Robert Chalmers wrote that King's creative output after he left prison "resembled a primal scream of rage". Two novels appeared: Beware the Monkey Man (2010), under the pen name Rex Kenny, and Death Flies, Missing Girls and Brigitte Bardot (2013), under his real name, Kenneth George King. He also published a diary, Three Months (2012), and two volumes of his autobiography, Jonathan King 65: My Life So Far (2009) and 70 FFFY (2014).
King maintained an interest in prison issues and writes a column for Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners. In August 2015 The Spectator published an article about his meeting with former Prime Minister Edward Heath in the 1970s in which King writes "Heath was quite clearly, non sexual".
He released Earth to King in 2008. One of the new songs on the album, "The True Story of Harold Shipman" was about the serial killer Dr. Harold Shipman, in which King claimed that Shipman may have been a victim of the media. He also produced three films. Vile Pervert: The Musical (2008), available for free download, is a 96-minute movie in which King plays all 21 parts and presents his version of events surrounding his prosecution. He portrays his viewpoint of the events responsible for his troubles. In one scene of the film, dressed as Oscar Wilde, King sings that there is "nothing wrong with buggering boys". Rod Liddle called it "a fantastically berserk, bravado performance". Me Me Me (2011) was described at the Cannes Film Festival as "a re-telling of Romeo and Juliet", and The Pink Marble Egg (2013) is a spy story. For publicity King drove down the Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes with a pink papier-mâché egg on top of his Rolls Royce during the Cannes Film Festival.
King has complained about his media coverage since his 2001 conviction. In 2005 he went to the Press Complaints Commission about an article in the News of the World that said he had gone to a park to "ogle" boys. In fact he had gone there at the request of a documentary maker. The complaint was not upheld, but Roy Greenslade argued that King had a good case. In October 2011 then BBC Director-General Mark Thompson apologised to King for the removal of King's performance of "It Only Takes a Minute" from a repeat, on BBC Four, of a 1976 episode of Top of the Pops. King described the cut as a "Stalinist revision approach to history". When asked by a newspaper in 2012 if he believed he had anything to apologise for, to anybody from his past, King replied, "The only apology I have is to say that I was good at seduction. I was good at making myself seem attractive when I wasn't very attractive at all". He appeared in front of the Leveson Inquiry.
In September 2015, he was arrested as part of Operation Ravine, a further investigation into claims of sexual abuse at the Walton Hop disco in the 1970s. He was later released on bail. On 25 May 2017, he was charged by Surrey Police with 18 sexual offences, relating to nine boys aged between 14 and 16, allegedly carried out between 1970 and 1986. He was released on bail and appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 26 June, where he was released on conditional bail to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 31 July. His trial began on 11 June 2018, and on 27 June the jury was discharged for legal reasons. On 6 August 2018, King received an apology for the collapse of the trial, with Judge Deborah Taylor saying that Surrey Police had made "numerous, repeated and compounded" errors during the investigation, describing the situation as a "debacle". In her ruling she said "I have concluded that this is a case where even if it were possible to have a fair trial, it is in the rare category where the balance, taking account of the history, the failures and misleading of the Court, is in favour of a stay on the basis that following what has occurred, continuation would undermine public confidence in the administration of justice". Taylor said that the case against King had been motivated by "concerns about reputational damage to Surrey Police" following the allegations of sexual abuse against Jimmy Savile. Surrey Police "wholeheartedly apologised" to King, saying "We deeply regret that despite these efforts we did not meet the required standards to ensure a fair trial." King refused to accept the apology, and criticised Surrey Police for "deep, institutional faults".
|As performer or producer/performer|
(A and B side)
|1965||"Gotta Tell" / "When I Come To You"||Terry Ward with the Bumblies [f]||Fontana|
|"Everyone's Gone to the Moon" / "Summer's Coming"||4||Jonathan King||Decca|
|"Green is the Grass" / "Creation"||Jonathan King||Decca|
|"Where the Sun Has Never Shone" / "Don't Talk to Me of Protest"||Jonathan King||Decca|
|1966||"Just Like a Woman" / "The Land of the Golden Tree"||Jonathan King||Decca|
|"Icicles (Fell From The Heart Of A Bluebird)" / "In A Hundred Years From Now"||Jonathan King||Decca|
|1967||"Seagulls" / "Take A Look At Yourself Babe"||Jonathan King||Decca|
|"Round, Round" / "Time And Motion"||Jonathan King||Decca|
|1969||"Let It All Hang Out" / "Colloquial Sex (Legend Of Today)"||26||Jonathan King||Decca|
|1970||"Million Dollar Bash" / "City Of Angels"||Jonathan King||Decca|
|"Cherry, Cherry" / "Gay Girl"||Jonathan King||Decca|
|1971||"It's the Same Old Song"||19||Weathermen||B&C|
|"Baby, You've Been On My Mind"||Nemo||B&C|
|"The Sun Has Got His Hat On"||Nemo||B&C|
|"Lazy Bones" / "I Just Want To Say Thank You'"||23||Jonathan King||Decca|
|"Johnny Reggae"||3||The Piglets||Bell|
|"Hooked on a Feeling" / "I Don't Want To Be Gay"||23||Jonathan King||Decca|
|1972||"Who's Been Polishing the Sun"||Nemo||Parlophone|
|"Flirt!" / "Hey Jim!"||22||Jonathan King||Decca|
|"Loop di Love"||4||Shag||UK|
|"It's A Tall Order For A Short Guy" / "Learned Tax Counsel"||Jonathan King||UK|
|1973||"Be Gay" / "S*p*rsh*t***"||Jonathan King||UK|
|"Mary, My Love" / "A Little Bit Left Of Right"||Jonathan King||UK|
|"Everyone's Gone To The Moon" (UK Solid Gold) / "Summer's Coming"||Jonathan King||UK|
|"A Modest Proposal (Swift's Song)" / "The Kung Fu Anthem"||Jonathan King||UK|
|1974||"Hooked On A Feeling" / "I Don't Want To Be Gay"||Jonathan King||UK|
|"Help Me Make It Through the Night" (with Eiri Thrasher) / "Colloquial Sex (Lawrence's Song)"||Jonathan King||UK|
|"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"||29||Bubblerock||UK|
|1975||"A Free Man In Paris" / "The True Story Of Molly Malone"||Jonathan King||UK|
|"Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)"||36||53rd and 3rd
featuring the Sound of Shag
|"The Way You Look Tonight" / "The True Story Of Molly Malone"||Jonathan King||UK|
|"Una Paloma Blanca (White Dove)" / "Inpraiseofuk" (spoken word)||5||Jonathan King||UK|
|"Baby, The Rain Must Fall" / "A Very, Very Melancholy Man"||Jonathan King||UK|
|1976||"The Happy People Song" / "I've Never Seen A Woman"||Jonathan King||UK|
|"Little Latin Lupe Lu" / "Sex Appeal"||Jonathan King||UK|
|"He's So Fine" / "The King Of The Hooks"||Jonathan King||UK|
|"In the Mood"||46||Sound 9418||UK|
|"It Only Takes a Minute"||9||One Hundred Ton
and a Feather
|"Mississippi" / "The Littlest Greatest Love"||Jonathan King||UK|
|"When I Was A Star" / "The Littlest Greatest Love"||Jonathan King||UK|
|1978||"Old DJ's (Playing New Sounds)" / "I'm The One"||Jonathan King||Epic|
|"One for You, One for Me" / "Cryin' Again"||29||GTO|
|"Lick A Smurp for Christmas (All Fall Down)"||58||Father Abraphart
and The Smurps
|1979||"You're the Greatest Lover" / "The Death Of The Last Unicorn"||67||Jonathan King||UK|
|"Gloria" / "Mental Diseases"||65||Jonathan King||Ariola|
|1980||"It's Illegal, It's Immoral, It's Unhealthy, But It's Fun" / "Sing Your Own Immorality"||Jonathan King||WEA|
|1982||"Everyone's Gone To The Moon" / "Summer's Coming"||Jonathan King||Old Gold|
|1983||"I'll Slap Your Face (Entertainment U.S.A. Theme)" / "Mental Diseases"||99||Jonathan King||Epic|
|1984||"Space Oddity / Major Tom (Coming Home)" / "I'll Slap Your Face (Entertainment U.S.A Theme)"||77||Jonathan King||Epic|
|1985||"No Speed Limit" / "I'll Slap Your Face (Entertainment U.S.A. Theme)"||Jonathan King||Epic|
|1986||"Gimme Some" / "Crying Again"||Jonathan King||10|
|1987||"I'll Slap Your Face" / "No Speed Limit"||Jonathan King||BBC|
|"Wild World" / "Ways To Be Wicked"||Jonathan King||UK|
|1989||"The Sun Has Got His Hat On" / "Johnny Reggae" / "Everyone's Gone To The Moon"||Jonathan King||Ariola|
|1990||"Let It All Hang Out '90" / "They Kill Our Raves"||JK25||MCA|
|1993||"Music Music Music" / "Serious Jake One"||Jonathan King||Chrysalis|
|1965||"It's Good News Week" / "Afraid of Love"||5||Hedgehoppers Anonymous||Decca|
|1968||"The Silent Sun" / "That's Me"||Genesis||Decca|
|"A Winter's Tale" / "One-Eyed Hound"||Genesis||Decca|
|1969||"Where the Sour Turns to Sweet" / "In Hiding"||Genesis||Decca|
|1971||"Leap Up and Down (Wave Your Knickers in the Air)" / "How You Gonna Tell Me"||12||St Cecelia||Polydor|
|"Keep On Dancing" / "Alright"||9||The Bay City Rollers||Bell|
|1972||"Don't Let Him Touch You" / "Rainy Day"||35||The Angelettes||Decca|
|"Seaside Shuffle" / "Ball And Chain"||2||Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs||UK|
|"Donna" / "Hot Sun Rock"||2||10cc||UK|
|1973||"Rubber Bullets" / "Waterfall"||1||10cc||UK|
|"The Dean and I" / "Bee In My Bonnet"||10||10cc||UK|
|1974||"The Wall Street Shuffle" / "Gismo My Way"||10||10cc||UK|
|1990||"The Brits 1990 Dance Medley" / "Satisfaction"||2||Various artists||RCA|
The 1987 Brit Awards were the 7th edition of the biggest annual pop music awards in the United Kingdom. They are run by the British Phonographic Industry and took place on 9 February 1987 at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
The awards ceremony, hosted by Jonathan King, was televised by the BBC.Bob Woffinden
Bob Woffinden (31 January 1948 – 1 May 2018) was a British investigative journalist. Formerly a reporter with the New Musical Express, Woffinden specialized since the 1980s in investigating miscarriages of justice. He wrote about a number of high-profile cases in the UK, including James Hanratty, Philip English, Sion Jenkins, Jeremy Bamber, Charles Ingram, Jonathan King, and Barry George. In 1999, he was instrumental in winning a case against the Home Secretary that established the right of prisoners in the UK claiming wrongful conviction to receive visits from journalists.Woffinden was the author or co-author of New Musical Express Book of Rock 2 (1977), The Beatles Apart (1981), Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock (1976), Miscarriages of Justice (1987), Hanratty: The Final Verdict (1999), and The Murder of Billy-Jo (2008). For many years he produced the TV documentary series First Tuesday, and wrote for a number of British media publications, including The Guardian, the New Statesman, the Daily Mail, and the prisoners' newspaper Inside Time.Everyone's Gone to the Moon
"Everyone's Gone to the Moon" is a song that was written and recorded as the debut single of the British singer-songwriter and record producer Jonathan King. The song was released in 1965 while King was still an undergraduate at Cambridge University.Released by Decca Records, it reached No. 4 in the UK, and No. 17 in the US Billboard Hot 100. It has since been performed by other artists, including Marlene Dietrich, Chad & Jeremy, Doris Day, The Flaming Lips, Nina Simone, The Lettermen, Dana, Bobby Womack, Jan & Dean, and Percy Faith.From Genesis to Revelation
From Genesis to Revelation is the debut studio album by the English rock band Genesis, released in March 1969 on Decca Records. The album originated from a collection of demos recorded in 1967 while the members of Genesis were pupils of Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey. It caught the attention of Jonathan King who named the group, organised deals with his publishing company and Decca, and studio time at Regent Sound Studios to record a series of singles and a full album. A string section arranged and conducted by Arthur Greenslade was added later on some songs. By the time Genesis had finished recording, John Silver had replaced original drummer Chris Stewart.
The album and its singles were a commercial flop, and received a mixed to negative reaction from critics. By mid-1969, the group had severed ties with King and resumed education until they reformed and turned Genesis into a full-time band. The album spawned three singles; "The Silent Sun" and "A Winter's Tale" were released in 1968, followed by "Where the Sour Turns to Sweet" in 1969. In October 1974, after the group had grown in popularity, it peaked at No. 170 on the Billboard 200 in the US. King retains the rights to the album which has been reissued multiple times since, including a 1974 release as In the Beginning and a 1987 release as And the Word Was.... A reissue in 1990 and 2005 included a bonus disc with extra tracks.Gloria (Umberto Tozzi song)
"Gloria" (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɡlɔːrja]) is a 1979 love song that became an international hit. The song was originally written and composed in Italian by Umberto Tozzi and Giancarlo Bigazzi, and afterwards translated to English by Jonathan King. A 1982 cover version by American singer Laura Branigan sold over one million singles in the United States alone.Gogmagog (band)
Gogmagog were a short-lived British heavy metal supergroup assembled by record producer Jonathan King. The band's lineup featured former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno and drummer Clive Burr, future Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers, former Def Leppard guitarist Pete Willis, and former Whitesnake bassist Neil Murray. King was best known as the man who discovered Genesis in the late 1960s
Together for only a short time, Gogmagog released a three song E.P. on the independent Food For Thought label in 1985 entitled I Will Be There. Two of the songs recorded were written by producer King ("Living In A Fucking Time Warp" and "It’s Illegal, It’s Immoral, It’s Unhealthy, But It’s Fun"), with the title track being composed by longtime KISS collaborator Russ Ballard and originally released on his 1981 solo album Into the Fire. The band members were not permitted to write any original material.Originally, King attempted to put together a supergroup revolving around Whitesnake vocalist David Coverdale, bassist John Entwistle of The Who, and veteran drummer Cozy Powell, but this early line-up "wasn't working out" according to Di'Anno. Being little more than a contrivance concocted by producer Jonathan King, the band quickly fell apart once he lost interest. Vocalist Di'Anno was completely dismissive of both the group and producer, referring to the failed project as "...nothing. That was some fucking idiot who got us doing that shit."HM Prison Maidstone
HM Prison Maidstone is a Category C men's prison, located in Maidstone, Kent, England. The prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.Hooked on a Feeling
"Hooked on a Feeling" is a 1968 pop song written by Mark James and originally performed by B. J. Thomas. Thomas's version featured the sound of the electric sitar, and reached No. 5 in 1969 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been recorded by many other artists, including Blue Swede, whose version reached No. 1 in the United States in 1974. The Blue Swede version made singer Björn Skifs' "Ooga-Chaka-Ooga-Ooga" intro well known (and famous in Sweden at the time), although it had been used originally by British musician Jonathan King in his 1971 version of the song.It Only Takes a Minute
"It Only Takes a Minute" is a 1975 song by Tavares. The song was the group's only Top 10 pop hit in the United States, peaking at number 10, and their second number one song on the American soul charts. On the US Disco chart, "It Only Takes a Minute" spent five weeks at #2 and was the first of four entries on the chart. The song was subsequently covered by Jonathan King performing as 100 Ton and a Feather in 1976 and by boy band Take That in 1992.Jonathan King (film director)
Jonathan King (born 1967) is a film director from New Zealand. He is the son of historian Michael King and brother of author Rachael King.Jonathan King (historian)
Jonathan Leslie Essington King (born 28 December 1942) is an Australian historian, author and journalist. He has written 30 books in a 40-year career, mostly on Australian history, including a number of works on the ANZACs. King has also written thousands of articles for Australian newspapers and magazines, produced and presented numerous television documentary films, and acted as resident historian on many radio programs.He holds a Ph.D in politics and history from the University of Melbourne.In 1977, King proposed and organised the First Fleet Re-enactment Voyage to commemorate the Australian Bicentenary in 1988. As the Australian Bicentenary Authority and the Australian government declined to support the project, King set up the voyage as a private venture and obtained corporate sponsorship for the re-eneactment, as well as state government grants and public donations.In October 2002, King attended a conference in Turkey called "Australia in Peace and War" at which historians discussed Gallipoli and the Anzac legend. As history correspondent for The Australian newspaper, King wrote an article for the paper titled "Charge of the rewrite brigade", which stated that the conference had concluded that Australians should reframe the Gallipoli Campaign as an "unmitigated disaster" and apologise to the Turkish government for invading their country. The claims in the article provoked controversy in Australia and New Zealand. Jenny Macleod in her essay "Beckham, Waugh and the Memory of Gallipoli" in the book New Zealand's Great War asserts that King mis-attributed quotes, and mis-represented the "broader political edge" of the conference.In April 2018, Fairfax Media published a correction and apology for numerous factual errors published in King's article in Fairfax newspapers about John Monash and the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux.King is also an environmental campaigner, having held positions with the Australian Conservation Foundation and running several times for office as a Democrats and Greens candidate.Keep on Dancing (The Gentrys song)
"Keep on Dancing" is a rock song written by Allen A. Jones and Willie David Young, originally performed by the Avantis on Argo Records in 1963, and covered by The Gentrys in 1965. The song was also covered by The Bay City Rollers in 1971.
The Gentrys' version was first released on Youngstown 601 in 1965, but was soon nationally distributed by MGM Records. "Keep on Dancing" reached #4 in 1965 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks. It reached #5 on Cashbox for two weeks. It stayed on the Hot 100 for 13 weeks and Cashbox for 14 weeks. It surpassed a million copies in sales after leaving the charts."Keep on Dancing" is notable for the fact that it is actually one short recording repeated in order to stretch the record out to the length of the typical pop single of its day. The second part of the song (after the false fade, beginning with Gentrys drummer Larry Wall's drum fill) is the same as the first. Although the Gentrys usually had Jimmy Hart and Bruce Bowles as singers, the band's guitarist, Larry Raspberry, sang lead vocals on the song."Keep on Dancing" is available on the compilations Frat Rock! The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Party Tunes of All-Time and Classic Rock (Time-Life Music).
The Bay City Rollers covered the song and their version charted at #9 in the UK in 1971.Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)
"Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" is a 1967 song by The Hombres and the title track of their album of the same name. It is, according to AllMusic journalist Stewart Mason, a "deadpan southern-fried parody" of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues".The song's spoken intro – "A preachment, dear friends, you are about to receive on John Barleycorn, nicotine and the temptations of Eve" – dates to the 1947 novelty recording "Cigareetes, Whuskey and Wild, Wild Women" by Red Ingle and His Natural Seven, and is followed by a raspberry.Parrot Records
Parrot Records was an American record label, a division of London Records, which started in 1964. The label usually licensed (or leased) recordings made by Decca Records, England, for release in the United States and Canada, most notably by the Zombies, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, Them, Jonathan King, Hedgehoppers Anonymous, Lulu, Savoy Brown and Alan Price. Other artists included the Detroit-based Frijid Pink, Love Sculpture (reissued from EMI) and Bobby "Boris" Pickett (reissued from Garpax). The label lasted until 1979. After Parrot became defunct, its artists were moved to the London label. The Parrot catalogue is currently managed by Polydor, a unit of Universal Music Group in the US.Six of the Best
Six of the Best was a reunion concert between the rock band Genesis, their original lead singer Peter Gabriel and former guitarist Steve Hackett. It took place on a wet Saturday, 2 October 1982, at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. Genesis were introduced onto the stage by Jonathan King and the support bands were John Martyn, The Blues Band and Talk Talk.The Silent Sun
"The Silent Sun" (album title "Silent Sun") is the premiere single by English rock band Genesis. It was written by Tony Banks and Peter Gabriel when the band's producer, Jonathan King, first discovered them, before he decided to produce an entire album, a heavy investment. Knowing that King was a fan of the Bee Gees, Banks and Gabriel wrote the song specifically to capture his attention. The song was released as a single on 2 February 1968. They would soon begin work on their debut album, From Genesis to Revelation.
"The Silent Sun" is a fusion of folk rock and pop rock. The heavy use of orchestral strings and lightweight romantic lyrics make this song different from the progressive music on Genesis' second album, Trespass. The song, like most of From Genesis to Revelation, has not appeared on any Genesis compilation or live album.
It was reissued in very limited quantities in July 2006 on CD-single under the title "The Silent Sun 2006", with "When The Sour Turns To Sweet 2006" as a B-side. The versions on this CD-single are remix/remaster versions, also available on the 2006 re-issue of the band's 1969 debut album.UK Records
UK Records was a music label launched in 1972 by Jonathan King to distribute his own releases and those by some other artists. The abbreviation UK stands for "United King". The label was distributed at first by Decca Records and, after 1976, by PolyGram (which later bought out Decca in 1980).
When the label was established, its UK operations were first run by Chris Denning, then by former DJ Don Wardell and by John Peel's Dandelion Records chief, Clive Selwood. Its releases included UK singles chart hits for Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs (fronted by Jona Lewie), 10cc, and Shag, a pseudonym used by King himself. The label's only UK no.1 record was 10cc's "Rubber Bullets"; eight of the band's singles were released by the label. The UK label also released successful singles by the First Class, Carl Malcolm, Kevin Johnson, Roy C, Lobo, and by Jonathan King himself, as well as recording Freddie Garrity and the Kursaal Flyers among others. Successful albums included two by 10cc (10cc and Sheet Music), as well as the King-produced Original London Stage Soundtrack of The Rocky Horror Show.
The label was dissolved in the 1970s.Weathermen
Weathermen may refer to:
Weather Underground, American political movement commonly called "the Weathermen", 1969–1977
The Weathermen (band), a semi-satirical Belgian electronic and pop group
The Weathermen (hip hop group), an American collective
Combat Weathermen, U.S. Air Force tactical observer/forecasters with ground combat capabilities
Jonathan King, an English singer-songwriter who used the pseudonym "Weathermen"
"The Weathermen", a song on Live at Tonic (Marco Benevento album), released in 2007
"Weathermen", a song on the 2004 album Flowers in the Pavement, by Australian group Bliss n Eso
New Weathermen Records, an imprint of Ferret Music, an American independent record label