Jon English

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Jonathan James "Jon" English (26 March 1949 – 9 March 2016) was an English-born Australian singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He emigrated to Australia with his parents in 1961. He was an early vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Sebastian Hardie but left to take on the role of Judas Iscariot in the Australian version of the stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar from May 1972, which was broadcast on television. English was also a noted solo singer; his Australian top twenty hit singles include "Turn the Page", "Hollywood Seven", "Words are Not Enough", "Six Ribbons" and "Hot Town".

English was acclaimed for his starring role in the 1978 Australian TV series Against the Wind – he won the TV Week Logie Award for 'Best New Talent in Australia'. He also co-wrote and performed the score with Mario Millo (ex-Sebastian Hardie). The series had international release, known as Mot alla vindar (1980) in Swedish, where both "Six Ribbons" and "Against the Wind" were released as singles, both singles and the soundtrack album peaked at No.1 on the Norwegian charts; the first single, "Six Ribbons" and the album, peaked at No.4 on the Swedish charts.

From 1983 to 1985, English won four Mo Awards with three consecutive 'Entertainer of the Year' awards and a further 'Male Vocal Performer' in 1985. English has performed in Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore from 1984. Performances of Essgee Entertainment's productions of the Gilbert and Sullivan trilogy from 1994 to 1997 were broadcast on Australian TV. They were all released on VHS and subsequently on DVD.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Wine Dark Sea Jon English 1
1974 It's All a Game Jon English 1
1976 Hollywood Seven Jon English 1
1977 Words Are Not Enough Jon English 2
1977 Minutes to Midnight Jon English 1
1980 Calm Before the Storm Jon English and Baxter Funt 1
1981 In Roads Jon English 2
1982 Jokers and Queens Jon English and Marcia Hines 1
1983 Some People Jon English 1
1987 Dark Horses Jon English 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 English History Jon English 1
1993 The Best of Jon English (20th Anniversary album) Jon English 1
2008 The Great Jon English Jon English 1
2011 Six Ribbons - The Ultimate Collection Jon English 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Beating the Boards Jon English 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Against the Wind Jon English 1
1990 Paris Jon English and David Mackay 3

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