Today’s music video is Hollywood 7 and the song is performed here by the Australian Singer Jon English, who sadly passed away during the week.
This video was posted to You Tube by darrenjray
During the week, we lost another of those singers we grew up with, when, here in Australia, Jon English passed away following complications with minor heart surgery.
Perhaps Jon English is not a name known in the U.S. but here in Australia, he was one of the icons of that music from the 70’s and 80’s.
Jon started out his musical life with with a small Australian Outfit, Sebastian Hardie. His big break came when that famed musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber came to Australia after being the monster hit it was in the UK. They used an Australian cast, and Jon English was selected from hundreds of people auditioning for the part of Judas Iscariot. The show here in Australia was a huge hit, mainly for that part played by Jon English, a part he played for 2 years across Australia, around 700 performances, as the show was such a huge success here.
He then proved his versatility when he started his pop career. His first big hit was Turn The Page in 1975. There was a series of Singles over the next few years, and Jon was a regular on the TV Music show Countdown.
One of those songs was the song I have featured today Hollywood 7, and while this was not his major hit, he is perhaps best known for this song, which made it into the Top Five nationally here in Australia. Over the many years he performed, Jon released 13 Studio albums, and was part of a number of Soundtrack and Cast albums as well.
Again, proving his versatility, he also appeared in a number of TV drama shows, mostly one off appearances, but in 1978, he appeared as the major character in an Australian period drama set in the early 1800’s as Australia was just being settled. That TV drama was Against The Wind, a many part series. This role won him a Logie, which is our Australian TV Awards similar in nature to the Emmy’s in the U.S. as best newcomer on Australian TV. Jon English also wrote the score to the Series, and it also produced two Singles for English which also did well on the Charts here in Australia.
Again proving his versatility, he played the clubs scene here in Australia, and in those days at the end of the 1970’s I used to visit some of those clubs on a regular basis to hear good Australian live music. One of those was at a club on Lake Macquarie near Newcastle, and the band I was going to see on that night was a anew Australian outfit called Baxter Funt, and I was quite surprised to see Jon English as the lead singer out the front of this band.
Later on, into the 1980’s, and now married I would still visit one club mainly in Coolangatta/Tweed Heads, a good night out with my good lady wife, and my Mum and her Partner, Syd. It was always a good night out, and this rich club featured local acts, national Australian acts as well as International acts as well. One of those shows was a twin act with Jon English and Marcia Hines, another well known Australian pop music singer, and that was also a great show.
He further highlighted his versatility as the mid 1980’s he ventured into Opera, and became well known for his stand out performances in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates Of Penzance across three years, then others including HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and others. He also co-wrote an opera, Paris, not about the city, but Paris the Prince of Troy, during the Trojan War.
Its’ always sad to hear of the passing of people we don’t know personally, but because of what they do, are in fact parts of our lives.
Vale Jon English.