Bridget St. John

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Bridget St John (born Bridget Hobbs, 4 October 1946, South London) is a British singer and songwriter, best known for the three albums she recorded between 1969 and 1972 for John Peel's Dandelion record label. Peel produced her debut album Ask Me No Questions. She also recorded a large number of BBC Radio and Peel sessions and toured regularly on the British college and festival circuit. Her first stage performances were proposed and staged by Bernard Brandon, her drama mentor at Sheffield University in 1964-5. After a few cameo performances in between zany sketches by the Revue team her very first "proper gig" was at a pub in Rotherham. That was the night she walked back home to Sheffield under the stars and knew she was poised to become one herself. In 1974 she was voted fifth most popular female singer in that year's Melody Maker readers poll.

An accomplished guitar player, she credits John Martyn and Michael Chapman as her "musical brothers".

The second album Songs for the Gentle Man, was produced by Ron Geesin. St John then recorded another album, Jumble Queen, for Chrysalis Records in 1974. She emigrated to Greenwich Village in 1976 and virtually disappeared from the public eye for over 20 years. She took part in the Strawbs 25th Anniversary festival held in 1993. She appeared at a Nick Drake tribute concert in New York in 1999. She toured Japan in 2006 with the minimalist French musician Colleen, and appeared with the Electric Strawbs in the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill (NYC) on 27 June 2007.

Aside from work under her own name, Bridget St John has also recorded with Mike Oldfield on his albums Ommadawn (1975) and Amarok (1990), as well as Kevin Ayers and Robin Frederick. In 2007 she reunited with Ayers to record "Baby Come Home" on his album The Unfairground.

She was described by John Peel as "the best lady singer-songwriter in the country".

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Year Title RatingReleases
1969 Ask Me No Questions 2
2005 Songs for the Gentle Man 2
Jumble Queen 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Thank You for... 2
2010 A Pocketful of Starlight: The Best of Bridget St. John 1
BBC Radio 1968-1978 1

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