Jonathan King

1-17-13          Jonathan King       

Parrot US LP_NEWOn 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’.

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