Jon English - It's All A Game

From my collection of Jon English albums.
From my collection of Jon English albums. | Source

Why Another Tribute Hub?

The recent sudden and shocking news of Robin Williams death and all the tributes that have flooded the Internet, social media and television made me stop and think. Why do we wait until our favourite stars, celebrities and loved ones pass away before we write tributes to them to say how much they meant to us?

If we let them and the world know how important they are and how they make our lives better while they are alive, maybe just maybe it would be enough to avoid sad situations like that of Robin Williams.

That being said, I sat down to think about some of my favourite singers, actors, human beings in general. Jon English was the first who came to mind. The clincher for writing this tribute was when I went to Jon's Facebook page and saw a tribute post from him to Robin Williams. Well this one's for you Jon!

Breaking News!!

Singer Jon English Dead at 66

When I checked Facebook this morning I was greeted by this sad announcement:

"The English-born rock star died on Wednesday night (9th March) following a small operation for an aortic aneurysm.

A statement released by the 66-year-old's music label, Ambition Music Group, confirmed his death.

"It is with great sadness that we commemorate the passing of Jon English," the statement said on Thursday."

Please click the following link to read more:

Nine News

*Please read this article I wrote as a tribute to Jon, shortly after the tragic death of Robin Williams.

R.I.P. Jon English


A True Fan

I was about 13 or 14 years old when the amazing Rock Opera 'Jesus Christ Superstar' first took Australia by storm. I was too young to attend but I followed the media coverage and watched clips of the show on the news and TV. One of the stars of the show was a 22 year old named Jon English paying Judas Iscariot. With his mysterious dark eyes, energetic stage presence and powerful voice he was getting rave reviews and gaining thousands of fans. I was one of them.

I had only recently begun to get seriously interested in music mostly thanks to Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Johnny O'Keefe. Before that I had mainly only listened to my parents choice of country and western classics. I was open for a new Australian music idol.

While still performing in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Jon English released his first solo album 'Wine Dark Sea'. I didn't manage to buy that one, but I made sure I purchased his second 'It's All A Game'. The single from this album was 'Turn the Page' and it became a number 1 in the Australian top 40, though it was far from my favourite song on the album. It was in fact also the only track that Jon English didn't write himself.

Some of my preferred tracks on this album are the wonderfully rollicking 'Space Shanty,' as well as 'He Could Have Been a Dancer,' 'Love Goes On' and 'Snake Eyes.' Most people haven't even heard of these songs because they weren't released as singles, but 'It's All A Game' remains my favourite album to this day.

Live from Jesus Chrst Superstar


Early English History (1948-1979)

He is an Australian entertainment icon - from stage, screen, and song, Jon English has been entertaining Australian audiences for over 40 years with his amazing array of talents.

Jonathan James “Jon” English was born on March 26, 1949 in Hampstead, London, His family migrated to Australia when he was 12. John is one of a select group of Australian performers who have successfully combined a career in music as a singer, song writer and composer, and as an actor on both television and stage.

His musical passion and skill were evident early and before he graduated high school he had been a member of two bands – Zenith and Sebastian Hardie with who Jon played rhythm guitar and sang. In 1968 Sebastian Hardie was employed as the backing band for "The Wild One" Johnny O’Keefe’.

In the early ‘70s English auditioned for Harry M Miller’s first production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. He was awarded the prestigious and demanding lead role of ‘Judas’ at the age of just 22. The show’s phenomenal success kept him busy for the next five years, touring all over Australia and New Zealand.


During this time Jon also recorded his first four albums. the first of these was titled 'Wine Dark Sea' on which he was assisted by some members of the 'Jesus Christ Superstar' chorus band. His debut single from this album,‘Handbags and Gladrags' became his first hit. His second album 'It's All a Game,' produced his first number one song 'Turn the Page' and another hit soon followed with the popular 'Hollywood Seven’ the title track of his third album. Jon's fourth album 'Minutes to Midnight' had three singles released but neither the album or singles realised Australian top 40 chart success.

He was soon appearing in guest roles on popular television drama shows including ‘No 96’, ‘Matlock Police,’ 'The Flying Doctors,' 'Bellamy,' 'Chopper Squad' and the tele-movie, Stopover, for which he received a Penguin award nomination for Guest Actor of the Year. English described these roles "I was doing a lot of police shows in those days. I got to do them all. I was always a drug-crazed axe murdering hippy."


Hollywood 7, Jon English May 12 1976

For the rest of the ‘70s Jon English was constantly in the public eye as an actor and musician. He sang the title role on the soundtrack of the rock opera ‘Ned Kelly’. He starred in the play ‘Bacchoi’, co-wrote lyrics for a ballet called ‘Phases’ and produced his old band’s first album, ‘Four Moments by Sebastian Hardie’.

Jon won an Aria award for best male vocal performance for ‘Turn the Page’ and was voted RAM magazine’s best male singer on three separate occasions. 1977 culminated with his fifth album and the hit single ‘Words are Not Enough’, plus a concert tour with the band, ‘Thin Lizzy’.

In 1978 Jon English took a short break from the rock music scene in 1978 when he appeared in the lead role of the incredibly popular television mini-series, ‘Against the Wind’. He won a ‘Best New Talent’ Logie for his performance as convict Jonathan Garrett in the series and in partnership with his friend Mario Millo, English wrote all the soundtrack music including the theme song, ‘Six Ribbons’, which became a number one hit in more than six countries. As a result of ‘Against the Wind’, Jon English became one of the rare performers to win an acting Logie and a TV Week/Countdown award (for best male vocalist) in the same year.

‘English History’, Jon’s next and seventh album was released in 1978. This was a‘best of’ album and made history by becoming the biggest selling double album in Australia.


Hit song from the popular mini-series "Against the Wind"

Recent English History (1980- )

Jon English's eighth, ninth, and tenth albums followed in 1980, 1981 and 1982 – ‘Calm Before the Storm’, ‘Inroads’ and ‘Jokers and Queens’ (with Marcia Hines). ‘Calm Before the Storm’ produced the hit singles ‘Carmilla’ and ‘Hot Town’. During this time Jon also appeared in and wrote the theme song for a feature film called ‘Touch and Go.'

From 1983 to 1985, Jon English won four Mo Awards, three consecutive 'Entertainer of the Year' awards and a further 'Male Vocal Performer' in 1985.

During 1990—93, Jon English played the main role of Bobby Rivers in the TV sitcom 'All Together Now.' His role of a lovable faded rock star displayed his acting and comedy skills during 101 episodes of the show.

Jon has continued to perform in Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas 'The Pirates of Penzance', The 'Mikado' and 'H.M.S. Pinafore' and performances of the Gilbert and Sullivan trilogy were broadcast on Australian TV from 1994 to 1997. They have all since been released on VHS and subsequently on DVD. (source:wikipedia)

"All Together Now" Found on
"All Together Now" Found on | Source

As well as being a noted theatre, stage, television and rock music performer, English has written film and television scores/soundtracks and numerous songs – his writing credits include a song called "Oh, Paris", about the hero Paris, of Trojan War mythology. Collaboration with producer/composer David Mackay led to the 1990 release of a sound track 'Paris: A Love Story.' The cast for the recording included: John Waters,Terence Donovan, Barry Humphreys, Doc Neeson, Philip Quast, Demis Roussos and was backed by the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Choir. The album sold 50,000 copies and won the 1991 ARIA award for 'Best Original Soundtrack / Cast / Show Recording' for Jon English and David Mackay.

The musical 'Paris' premiered in Melbourne in 2004 at the National Theatre and in Adelaide in 2008 at the Marie Clark Musical Theatre.

Jon English appeared as Sergeant Wilson in stage productions of 'Dad's Army' which toured Australia and New Zealand in 2004.

Paris | Source
Jon will perform at the Gympie Country Music Muster for the first time in 2014.
Jon will perform at the Gympie Country Music Muster for the first time in 2014. | Source

In 2009, he toured in a new production called, "The Rock Show", a revue featuring classic rock music of the '60s and '70s featuring songs by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Bob Dylan, and Elton John and other high profile musicians of those eras. In 2010, "The Rock Show" made two appearances in Tasmania in support of the "Save the Tasmanian Devil" breeding programme of which English is an ambassador.

Since August 2010, he has performed the title role in 'The Removalists', a play by David Williamson at the Perth Theatre Company.

Jon was again in Tasmania in March 2012, for a revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, in which he played the role of Pontius Pilate.

In 2013 Jon English was invited to play the famous Sweden Rock Festival, the biggest rock festival in Scandinavia where he was backed up by Swedish hard rock band Spearfish and shared stage with bands like Kiss, Rush, Europe, Accept, Saxon, Asia etc. Jon English entire show was recorded and filmed for a possible future release. (source: wikipedia)

Jon is currently as busy as ever in 2014 touring with the 'Six is Enough' band, and the 'Foster Brothers'. He is also performing in the stage production of Monty Python's 'Spamalot' alongside Simon Gallaher and Julie Anthony, and for the first time will perform at the Gympie Country Music Muster.

Have you heard of Jon English or any of his songs or shows?

  • Yes
  • No, but I'd like to check out the albums or dvds.
  • No, if he's Australian he can't be that great.
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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

OMG, I raced to the end and now I can go back and calmly read...I love Jon English and though he left us, Mr. John...whew!

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chef-de-jour 2 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Ok, thank you Jodah, a well presented tribute to one of your idols. Lots of information and photos which I found useful as Jon English is a new name to me. If he's an Aussie he can't be any good?!! Dame Edna would have something to say about that!!

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annart 2 years ago from SW England

I've never heard of this guy, sadly, but he sounds like a very talented person. Will look out for the name now!

Great hub, John. Ann

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Oh Marie, sorry to scare you like that. I thought I had made it clear that I had decided to write tributes to my favourite celebrities while they are still alive. Maybe I need to make it more obvious. :) Glad you are a Jon English fan.

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Jodah, a wonderful tribute.. more of these types of hubs are indeed popping up because of folks likes al.. I enjoy the music yet I never heard of English..i will however check some of his stuff out bless you bro :)

Scott A McCray 2 years ago

Awesome hub - makes me want to explore his career!

BTW - I almost wrote "lens" - a sure sign that it will happen someday -

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey chef, thanks for reading. Oh, I'm not saying Aussies are no forbid. I'd hate the wrath of Dame Edna to fall upon me. It surprises me a little that you haven't heard of Jon English, but I suppose apart from being born in England his fame may not have spread to that part of the world, although he did make 'Paris. A Love Story' in London as well.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks For reading about Jon English, Frank. He is a very talented guy. After 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and his next couple of successful albums it was thought that he'd make it big in America. For some reason that didn't happen, apart from his acting in the series 'Against the Wind' which was quite a world wide hit. He is still going strong here however 40 years later.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your kind comment Scott. Please do check out his career, it has been quite remarkable.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Ann. One of the reasons I wrote the tribute to Jon English is that I thought most hubbers outside Australia may not have heard of him. He is much too talented a person to be only famous in Australia and was a real idol of mine growing up. Thanks for reading.

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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

I've never heard of Jon English. You mentioned Against the Wind several times. Is that Bob Seger's Against the Wind?

You did a great job of this tribute, John. And I agree with you - people who influence our lives should receive the recognition they deserve while they're still alive.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Shauna. No, 'Against the Wind' was a tv mini-series Jon starred in that was shown world-wide. The video clip of 'Six Ribbons' is from it. My hub 'Convicts Pt II' has the trailer for the series I think. Actually Bob Seger is another of my favourites so he could get a tribute at some stage too.

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very interesting, I learned much about someone I knew nothing about.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad I could spread some knowledge about a talented human being Eric. Thanks for reading about Jon English.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Loved the tribute, John! A true talent for sure...and I really enjoyed the videos.

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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh John,

You were perfectly clear, now that I read as a rational woman. I re-watched "Dead Poet's Society" last no doubt I was feeling reactive.

Now I can pull out my JC Superstar soundtrack and listen as I work this afternoon...your YouTube brought back many smiles and memories of one of my favorites, along with Godspell.

I must say the other video reminds me a bit of Al Stewart...really tasty. I am going to check out some of his other stuff for sure...

I gained so much more appreciation and knowledge of Jon English thanks to this tribute. I would love to see many more of these from you.

Voted UP and UABI...will be sharing. Hugs, Maria

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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Jodah, you have very well-written and interesting tribute to Jon English and a review of his career. I have heard of him, but learned a lot from your hub. Well done, Jodah, as always. Up and H+

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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Nice tribute to Jon English. I can see why he was chosen to play Judas with his dark good looks. I never heard of him either, but i'm on my way to go up and listen to the videos...Great write!

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Bill. I am glad you enjoyed the videos. He is a talented man.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Maria, glad I don't have to change anything. Enjoy your JC Superstar soundtrack, and I'm glad this hub gave you a new appreciation of Jon English. I appreciate the vote up and share too. Hugs back.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed this tribute Phyllis and at least you had heard of Jon. Now you know a little more. Thanks for the vote up and share too.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Ruby. I hope you enjoy the videos and hopefully this hub has drummed up some new Jon English fans.

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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

Fantastic tribute to Jon English. I didn't realise he was still working so regularly. I recall he had some ill health but must have bounced back. I remember Superstar and I saw him in Pirates here in Melbourne. And of course, his TV work. He's had/having a top career and well deserved. Nice guy. Good piece, thank you, I enjoyed catching up with Jon.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Travmaj. Thanks for reading. I knew he was still performing but now how active he still is. He is touring with two bands, and still working on stage shows such as Paris, Spamalot etc. as well as events like the Gympie Muster and Sweden Music Festival. Glad you got to see him as the Pirate King, and that you enjoyed this hub.

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi John,

Excellent hub here. I love reading about a wonderful artist like Jon who inspired you. Thank you for sharing so much here in this comprehensive hub here. I don't recall hearing his music here in the States, but I sure would have loved to attend that Sweden Rock Festival last year, as I am very familiar with Rush and Kiss. My best girlfriend and I, back in the 80s, saw Rush perform in Lakeland, Florida, as my hubby was stationed in the Air Force back then in Tampa, Florida. However, it was just girls' night out. It was a great concert, but I am a bit foggy in remembering all the great songs that night : ) ... plus my husband was a great fan back when of KISS too and we have seen them live too ...whoa. lol Thanks for the memories of the rock-n-roll days. It is still great to rock on this day! My husband and I have a whole photo album full of concert tickets of great concerts we have seen of all the greats like the Stones and on and on ... and we are still here to tell about those days of sowing our oats ...

I do hope you continue with this series, as you have stated, it is always best to acknowledge those who inspire while they are still alive indeed!

Voted up and more and away

Blessings always

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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is an interesting and informative hub, Jodah. I was going to say that I had never heard of Jon English or seen him perform, but when you mentioned that he played a lead role in "Against the Wind" I realized who he was! I loved that TV series.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Faith for such an interesting comment. I am sure you would have enjoyed the Sweden Rock Concert and hope you enjoy Jon's music too. Glad I could provide something new and interesting for other hubbers to read. I would like to continue this as a series. Thanks for the vote up. P.s. Fancy being Kiss fans :)

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Alicia, yes 'Against the Wind' is where he had the most success overseas. Glad you enjoyed this.

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Yes, fancy that : ) ... my dad loved all genre of music from classical, rock, blues, jazz, Big Band, Elvis, so I have had my rock-n-roll days, country music days and now Contemporary Christian days, but I still listen to all genre of music. Music is universal and I just cannot go one day without it.

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

You always share such interesting hubs. This one is no exception.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Devika. I am glad you always find my hubs interesting. That is a. Nice compliment.

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MPG Narratives 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

What a lovely tribute to Jon English, a great star in my opinion. You prompted so many memories for me in this hub. Oh, and I was lucky enough to see him in Jesus Christ Superstar and have followed his career ever since. Great idea you have of writing tributes before we lose them, voted up and awesome.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Great to see someone new readng my hubs MPG Narratives. I am glad to meet another Jon English fan. I envy you having actually seen Jesus Christ Superstar. I really expected Jon to make it big in America after that and with 'Hollywood 7" but I guess that wasn't to be. He was very successful in Australia, Scandinavia and other areas of stage and screen however. Thank you for the vote up too.

Rosie from Oz 2 years ago

Hi Jodah.

I think what you have done - namely writing a tribute now - is a brilliant idea.

I have been a fan of Jon's since after the first 3 seconds I saw him on the stage in Jesus Christ Superstar.That was in 1972.

I have seen him many times but not nearly as much as I would have liked to. I regret this immensely.

Last time was at the end of June in Mulwala this year.

I think I own almost every song he has recorded and I still listen to all of them after all these years.

Also, may I say I am very flattered that you posted two of the several clips I have posted on You Tube. I really appreciate that.

They are also on my blog and can easily be found using Google. I won't post the URL here. That would be a 'shamelss plug'!

Thanks for this great tribute again. You really have echoed my thoughts very well indeed!

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow Rosie, thank you for that great comment. I am glad this hub is finding some true Jon English fans as well as introducing this talented man to others who don't know him. I am glad you are flattered that I used your You Tube videos here...they are among my favourites and illustrate his voice well. I have only had the opportunity to see him perform live once and that was about 15 years ago in Brisbane. I would have liked to attend the Gympie Muster this year to see him but oh well. Thanks for reading. Take care.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Beautiful tribute to Jon English, and while we're giving flowers, I'd like to say that you have become an excellent poet and writer.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Aw thank you MsDora. That is a very kind thing to say. Thanks for the flowers. Glad you enjoyed this.

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carrie Lee Night 2 years ago from Northeast United States

Thank you for introducing me to a new musical genius :). I have never heard of this man before, but I have heard of Jesus Christ Superstar. Will have to check out his work. Great hub!

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi Jodah this talented singer is new to me. You certainly did a fine tribute here.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed this hub Carrie. Please do check Jon out..he is an incredible entertainer.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks DDE, glad you enjoyed getting to know Jon English. I hope you check out his music further.

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DrBillSmithWriter 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

I do like tribute hubs. Thanks for sharing. New to me, so I learned, as well. Hard to beat that. I especially appreciate the early history of an artist or performer. ;-)

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your kind words DrBill, yes after Robin Williams tragic death, I thought why not write tributes to our heroes while they are still living. I thought I'd choose celebrities that inspired me but that everyone may not be familiar with. Jon English is the first of these. I am glad you enjoyed the hub and learned something new.

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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

I love your message of celebrating the people we enjoy why they are still alive. Good hub.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Dana, I'm glad you agree with this idea. Thank you for reading, and your kind comment as always.

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I had never heard of him before this but totally agree that we wait too late to recognize people for their brilliance and contributions.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Flourish, much appreciated.

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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Always liked Jon English in "All Together Now". Voted awesome!

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Great to see another fan Suzanne. I agree he was very god in that comedy role in ATN. Thank you for the vote up.

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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Nice hub with a touching tribute!

I agree with your views in the opening paragraph that we should appreciate the qualities of a person, while they are still there.

Thanks for sharing and voted up!

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and for your supportive comment Chitrangada. Also for the vote up.

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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

Hi Jodah, You have done a fine job on Jon English's biography. I enjoyed learning about him and viewing the videos. I remember "Against The Wind" from the late 1970s. It was a favorite show for me and my sister and of course we ogled over Jon. That was our first introduction to him as a singer.

The photo you showed dated 2014 for his next appearance, I don't know if that is current or old, but if it is current - he looks darn good for his age!

Thanks for this great biography into a very cool guy. You should do more of these. Oh I know they are a lot of work, they are for me too - but it is amazing what I learn along the way about people. Looking forward to reading more :)

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the great comment Rachael. I am glad you found this tribute interesting and that I could reintroduce you to Jon English. That photo for the 2014 Gympie Muster is quite recent. I tried to find the most flattering recent one I could of Jon. I think he dies his hair because I've seen a couple of him a bit greyer than that.. :). He's still quite an imposing looking guy at 6'2" tall too. enjoyed researching and writing this hub, so hope to do more like it.

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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi John…

This is the second Australian artist we share in common of being such devout fans…John Butler is another. Jon has a musical spirit that is filled with phenomenal gifts. You have done well, John, with this tribute. And I wasn’t aware of his tribute post to Robin Williams (RIP, dear Robin). This was so well written. Voted up and much more, and shared. :-)

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad to find another Jon English fan Genna. He has been a great entertainer over many years. Yes, John Butler is a remarkable musician as well and such a warrior for the environment. Thank you for your kind comments, vote up and share.

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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

Wow! A comprehensive write. Maybe, someday I will write of my favourite like this. I hope someone will write of me these sweet lines before that inevitable plague arrives. Most people fail to appreciate those they love until death and after death send arrears of words and messages. Very odd.

But like you, am gonna write about my favourite too. Well done!

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Thandi for your wise words. I look forward to reading your tributes to your favourites and hope someone writes a tribute to you as you ask before that time also comes.

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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

Hey John,

It is I who flies in and out as time and energy allow. Smiles.

I have just learned of Bill's music inspiration challenge and hoping it will inspire me. Have you taken the challenge? You have done such an awesome job covering Jon English and his career. I had no idea about his connection with "Turn the Page." If it is the same song, I think I have only heard it performed by Bob Seeger. I hope you are well.

As always, V+/Share.

Best to you my friend,


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello to "The One Who Flies". Yes Kim I have responded to Bill's challenge, however my hub is currently submitted pending review before it is published as I included the lyrics from the Beatles original song "Across the Universe" and it says the content is similar to that published elsewhere. I may have to delete that part of it before it will be published...we will see. I am not sure in regard to Turn the Page, but think it is probably a different song to Bob Seger's. They would probably be similar in age now and it was John's first real hit song. I am well, hope you are too.

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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Okay Jodah, so your first sentence has established I'm a little older than you. lol. I had the good fortune of attending a few performances of JCS. Dare I tell you I even went backstage? :) Had I known I'd encounter a Jon English fan this many years later, I'd have saved his autograph and sent it to you.

I greatly enjoyed reading about him - and the flashbacks you provided me. Nice work. Voted up ++.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow, I would have liked those autographs LTM. John is currently performing in Spamalot with Simon Gallaher and Julie Anthony in Victoria I think. Doesn't come to Queensland a lot, but did do Gympie Country Music Muster. Glad you enjoyed this hub and the flashbacks.

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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York

My grandmother used to say, "if you can't visit me while I'm alive, don't come around when I'm dead." Your idea of writing tributes to live stars is a good one.

This was very interesting as Jon English is not familiar to me. His voice is beautiful...can you say that about a man's voice? Well, actually I did. Anyway, great hub.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I have been meaning to write more hubs as tributes to living artists Mary. I just haven't got around to more yet, but I will. I am sure Jon would be quite ok with you saying his voice is "beautiful". He is still touring regularly and performing in his own live shows and musicals. Thank you for the vote up.

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Sunshine625 7 months ago from Orlando, FL

RIP, Jon English. A wonderful tribute to an amazing legend.

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fpherj48 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jodah...Thanks to your wonderful tribute, I now know more about a fabulous singer I had been only vaguely familiar with. Thank you! Great voice!...Peace Paula

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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Sunshine. I have been following him on Facebook, and it was a shock to me.

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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Paula, he was one of my favourite performers. He will be sadly missed.

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Snakesmum 7 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Just heard about Jon. Remember him in "Against The Wind", which was a great series. R.I.P. Jon.

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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Snakesmum, he was very memorable in "Against the Wind" and he co-wrote the soundtrack as well.

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LongTimeMother 7 months ago from Australia

His passing is sad news. :(

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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes, LTM. It certainly is sad news. Thanks for reading.

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Vellur 7 months ago from Dubai

A great tribute to Jon English, the world has lost a great artist.

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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Vellur, I was shocked and saddened by the news. Had been planning to see him in concert this year. He was planning to tour Australia.

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