1-17-13 Jonathan King
On 1/18/69 The Move 45 “Blackberry Way” charts at No. 1 in England. On 1/17/76 the Queen “A Night At The Opera” LP was No. 1 in England; 1/17/81 the Ultravox “Vienna” 45 charts in England. On 1/19/74 Mud “Tiger Feet” charted at No. 1. On 1/17/70 the Badfinger 45 “Come and Get It” charts at No. 4 in England. Happy birthday, Mick Taylor (former Rolling Stones guitarist), born 1948.
I recently found some more Jonathan King releases. Fans over 40 will remember his original 60’s hit, “Everyone’s Gone To The Moon” – which never seems to get played on ‘oldies’ format radio stations anymore. Savvy record collectors will recognize him as the brains behind “UK Records”, the label that launched 10cc. Prog fans know him as the man who gave Genesis their first chance (“From Genesis To Revelations” on Decca / London). I always rather liked that he would cover a successful song as quickly as possible – and sometimes score his own hit from it.
His full discography would be near impossible to accurately compile, but I have managed to hang on to a few titles that marched past me…
7″ BABY, YOU’VE BEEN ON MY MIND / IN THE SUMMERTIME PARLOPHONE UK R 5882
1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, as “Nemo”
7″ KUNG FU ANTHEM, THE UK RECS US 45-49018
1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo
7″ MISSISSIPPI / LITTLE GREATEST LOVE, THE UK RECS UK UK 146
1976 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
7″ SATISFACTION (mono) / (stereo) (PS) promo UK RECS US 45-49020
1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, as “Bubblerock”
LP G.H. – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE UK RECS UK UKAL 1017
1975 12 TRK Collection, stereo
LP HIT MILLIONAIRE WARWICK UK WW 5059
1979 20 TRKS Collection, LP + flexidisc, stereo
LP J.K. ALL THE WAY UK RECS UK UKAL 1024
1976 13 TRKS stereo
LP OR THEN AGAIN… PARROT US PAS 71013
1967? 12 TRKS stereo
I’m not sure how much (if any) of the above are properly on CD, at present. A while back, Mr. King got into a bit of trouble with rather unsavory accusations, in England. It’s not my job to judge. But it would make you think he’d be after as much cash as possible, to get him on his way to wherever rich British people go to ‘hide’.