Jon English has passed away today. He did regular appearances on Countdown during his singing and acting career.
There is an episode of Countdown from July 16 1978 that John hosted that has never been shown on Rage due to quality as it was recorded off air, although I think it is still quite good. The ABC could show that as a tribute next Retro season or lift the segments featuring John for a tribute likely to air either this or next week.
Has been another sad week with Ross Hannaford, George Martin and John English all departing.
So sudden and so very sad.
Loved Jon’s early songs such as Six Ribbons, Hollywood Seven and Turn The Page.
He was fantastic all those years ago in the mini series, Against The Wind.
He was also the perfect Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar – he certainly looked the villain.
Very striking looking with his tall, lanky build, pale blue, shadowy eyes, long dark hair and rugged looks. By all accounts a lovely, humble and charismatic man as well.
Hopefully Rage will have a fitting tribute this weekend, including the Countdown ep Guru Bob mentioned.
But most likely they will just play a handful of his better known clips...
Surely Rage could at least play a few of Jon's songs in his memory??
Perhaps, because he died on Wednesday and they didn't have much time, they are putting together a proper tribute to be shown next weekend...
This was very sad news. He did heaps of appearances on Countdown. This is what I came up with looking through my papers.
91/4 – 1976 summer special Hollywood 7 Clip discussed and shown in full (no. 37 for that year)
113 – Jon English hosts, performs Behind Blue Eyes, talks with Molly about his Minutes to Midnight album
159 – Jon English Hosts, interviewed in Humdrum and performs Words Are Not Enough
169 – Jon English performs Nights In Paradise
181 – Six Ribbons excerpt x2
184 – Six Ribbons excerpt Top Ten
208 – Hollywood 7, Nights In Paradise and Words Are Not Enough (excerpts?)
221 – Hot Town excerpt in Humdrum
228 – Jon English Hot Town excerpt in Chartbusters
235 – Awards. John English Performs Get Your Love Right.
238 – Jon English hosts and performs Carmilla
241 – Camilla excerpt
272 – Jon English performs Hold Back The Night
290 – Jon English Hosts and performs Straight From The Heart
305 – Jon English performs The Shining
314/4 – 1982 Summer Special John English finishes the show with Against The Wind
322 – Jon English hosts and performs Beating The Boards
335 – Jon English performs Jokers And Queens (with Marcia Hines)
389 – Jon English performs Some People Have All the Fun
562 – Excerpt from play Rasputin (49:07)
There's plenty for the RAGE team to chose from even if they just take some clips. Next retro perhaps they could play 238? To the best of my knowledge its never been repeated and it features him performing Camilla which I've always thought was one of his better songs.
It looks like Rage are showing everything they have access to for the Ross Hanaford and Jon English tributes this morning. Was hoping they had a full performance of Six Ribbons (No.5 in Australia, No.1 Norway and No.4 Sweden...thanks wikipedia) or Turn The Page somewhere. Still, as comprehensive a special as you would find anywhere.
Yes, disappointing Turn The Page and Behind Blue Eyes are missing from Rage's tribute to Jon.
My two favourite songs of his.
Bur still a pretty good Special - would have required quite a bit of effort on Rage's behalf to find all those all clips and Countdown performances.
Watched it with great enjoyment. Loved seeing the clip for "Some People Have All The Fun"!