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Encyclopedia > Jonathan King
Jonathan King
Born 6 December 1944(1944-12-06)
Other names Kenneth George King
Occupation Record producer, Singer, Songwriter, Author
Website www.kingofhits.com

Jonathan King (born Kenneth George King, 6 December 1944, London, England) is a British singer, songwriter, TV personality, and pop music producer.[1] December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Authorship redirects here. ... December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ...


He first came to prominence when he wrote and sang "Everyone's Gone to the Moon" in 1965, going on to become a record label executive and media entrepreneur, he recorded more songs under his own name and various pseudonyms and was also a writer and producer for various other musical artists. In total he has amassed career sales in the region of 40 million records world-wide.[2]


In 2001, King was convicted of sexual offences committed in the 1980s against boys aged 14 and 15,[3] for which he served three and a half years in jail. This article is about the criminal term. ...

Contents

Biography

1960s and 1970s

The child of an American father and an English mother, King was educated at Charterhouse School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He made his first recordings with Joe Meek, but those were not released. As an undergraduate, he wrote and sang his first hit, "Everyone's Gone to the Moon", in 1965. Before graduating, he wrote and produced further hits such as "It's Good News Week" by Hedgehoppers Anonymous and "Johnny Reggae" by The Piglets, and also discovered, named and produced Genesis, whose founding members were also at Charterhouse.[4] This article is about the English as a nation. ... Charterhouse School (Originally, Suttons Hospital in Charterhouse), usually known simply as Charterhouse, is a famous boys English public school, located in Godalming in the county of Surrey. ... Full name The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity Motto Virtus vera nobilitas Virtue is true Nobility Named after The Holy Trinity Previous names King’s Hall and Michaelhouse (until merged in 1546) Established 1546 Sister College(s) Christ Church Master The Lord Rees of Ludlow Location Trinity Street... “Sound recorder” redirects here. ... For Joe Meek the mountain man, see Joseph Meek Joe Meek (born Robert George Meek; April 5, 1929 in Newent, Gloucestershire — February 3, 1967 in London[1]) was a pioneering English record producer and songwriter acknowledged as one of the worlds first and most imaginative independent producers. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... Hedgehoppers Anonymous are a 1960s Beat group from England. ... Genesis are an English rock band formed in 1967. ...


Soon after King graduated, his Saturday evening ITV series Good Evening; I'm Jonathan King, was seen nationally for six months. Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting...


He ran Decca Records twice, first in the late 1960s and again in the late 1970s.[5][6] Under various different names he performed and produced a large number of songs. Among these were "Let It All Hang Out", "It Only Takes A Minute", "Sugar, Sugar", "Loop di Love", "Hooked On A Feeling", "Lazybones" and "The Sun Has Got His Hat On". He produced the Bay City Rollers and sang on their first hit, "Keep on Dancing". He backed The Rocky Horror Show and produced the original cast album. It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Sugar, Sugar was a 1969 number-one hit single, originally released on the album Everythings Archie, supposedly by fictional characters The Archies, actually the product of a group of studio musicians managed by Don Kirshner, after The Monkees rejected it. ... Hooked on a Feeling is a 1969 pop song written by Mark James originally preformed by B. J. Thomas. ... The Sun Has Got His Hat The Sun Has Got His Hat On is one of the main songs in the stage production of Me and My GirlThis song is sung by The Hon. ... The Bay City Rollers were a Scottish Pop/rock band of the 1970s. ... The Rocky Horror Show is a long running stage musical (opening in London initially, on June 19, 1973) that inspired the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ...


In 1971, 1972 and 1973 he was Producer of the Year according to industry magazine Music Week. Music Week is a trade paper for the UK record industry. ...


His own record label, UK Records had hits with 10cc, whom he named[7], Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs, Roy C, Carl Malcolm with "Fattie Bum Bum", The First Class with "Beach Baby", Lobo, and St. Cecilia. King frequently performed under pseudonyms, such as "Shag", "Sakkarin", "Bubblerock", "100 Ton and a Feather" and "Nemo", although in 1975, a rendition under his own name of "Una Paloma Blanca" was named Record of the Year at the Ivor Novello awards. This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Jonathan King launched his own record label UK Records to distribute his own releases and some other artists in 1972. ... 10cc was a British pop band which achieved its greatest commercial success during the 1970s. ... Terry Dactyl and The Dinosaurs was a English novelty band, which issued a few recordings under that name in the early 1970s. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ivor Novello David Ivor Davies (January 15, 1893 – March 6, 1951), better known as Ivor Novello, was a Welsh composer, singer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the early 20th century. ...


1980s and 1990s

King moved on from the music industry in the 1980s, to further his involvement in television and radio. He presented a daily radio show on New York's WMCA radio throughout 1980 and regularly reported from the US on Top of the Pops. A spinoff series, Entertainment USA, was successful on BBC Two. He also created the Youth TV show No Limits. The music industry is the industry that creates, performs, promotes, and preserves music. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... WMCA, 570 AM, is a radio station in New York City, most known for its Good Guys Top 40 era in the 1960s. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the album by dance act 2 Unlimited, see No Limits No Limits was a BBC2 pop music television programme that ran in four series from 1985 to 1987. ...


King also wrote a column in The Sun for eight years called 'Bizarre USA' and his criticism of Band Aid and Live Aid provoked 18,500 letters in one day. He wrote regular features in many other newspapers and magazines. King also completed two published novels, entitled "Bible Two" and "The Booker Prize Winner". This article is about a British tabloid. ... This article is about the adhesive bandage. ... Ethiopia, as its borders were in 1985. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ...


King wrote and hosted the BRIT Awards for BBC Television in 1987 and he wrote and produced them in 1990, 1991 and 1992. From 1995, he organised A Song For Europe, the BBC quest for a Eurovision Song Contest winner. The 1996 entrant by Gina G, "Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit", went to number one in the UK Singles Chart, whilst the 1997 entrant by Katrina and the Waves', "Love Shine a Light", won the contest. He was also responsible for the Record of the Year shows on British television, regularly shown at Christmas. The Brit Awards are the annual United Kingdom pop music awards founded by the British Phonographic Industry. ... BBC Television is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which began in 1932. ... The modern logo was introduced for the 2004 Contest (in Istanbul) to create a consistent visual identity. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... Katrina and the Waves were a pop rock band of the 1980s, best known for their smash hit Walking on Sunshine and their 1997 Eurovision Song Contest victory. ... Love Shine a Light was the 1997 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, performed by Katrina and the Waves for the United Kingdom. ... The Record of the Year is an award show voted for by the UK public. ...


In 1993, he formed The Tip Sheet, a music weekly publication, which continues online as a message board discussing and promoting unknown and unsigned musical acts, and in 1997 he was awarded the BPI Man Of The Year Award in a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel with a message of support from the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair [8]. The Tip Sheet is a music weekly publication founded in 1993 by Jonathan King. ... The British Phonographic Industry was founded in 1973 to represent the interests of British music companies and to fight the growing problem of music piracy. ... The Grosvenor House Hotel is one of the largest and most famous luxury hotels in London. ... A prime minister is the most senior minister of a cabinet in the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system. ... For other people of the same name, see Tony Blair (disambiguation) Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born May 6, 1953)[1] is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, Leader of the Labour Party, and Member of Parliament for the constituency...


King was also an early fan of the Harry Potter books, releasing a tribute CD in 1999[9] For more information on fans of football (soccer), see Football (soccer) culture. ... This article is about the Harry Potter series of novels. ... A compact disc or CD is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ...


2001-2004 Conviction and jail

In November 2000, King was questioned by police and charged with sexual offences dating back to the early 1970s. After the case attracted publicity, several more men came forward with complaints, and he was charged and convicted of six offences against 14 and 15 year old boys committed between 1983 and 1989. A subsequent trial relating to allegations dating back to the 1970s saw King acquitted of all charges.[10][11]


2005 Onwards

On his release he stated his intention to return to the music and entertainment industry[12]. In 2007 he released a collection of mainly new songs, entitled "Earth to King". One of these songs attracted controversy in July 2007, when it was seen to defend the serial killer, Harold Shipman. [13] Harold Frederick Fred Shipman (January 14, 1946–January 13, 2004) was an English general practitioner who was one of the most prolific known serial killers in modern history. ...


Trivia

  • King recorded a version of "Who Let the Dogs Out?", before the Baha Men hit, under the name Fatt Jakk and His Pack Of Pets [14][15]
  • He promoted Orson, whom he discovered on MySpace, in The Tip Sheet, and they later released successful singles and an album in the UK.

Who Let The Dogs Out? is a song by the band Baha Men. ... Baha Men is the name of a pop group that plays a modernized style of Bahamian folk music called Junkanoo. ... Orson is a BRIT Award-winning American rock band from Hollywood, California who formed in 2000. ... MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ...

References

  1. ^ Jonathan King[1]
  2. ^ A Jon Ronson profile of JK reports record sales of 40 million [2]
  3. ^ "Pop mogul jailed for sex abuse", BBC News, 2001-11-21. Retrieved on 2007-08-09. 
  4. ^ Information on the history of Genesis [3]
  5. ^ "Who is Jonathan King?", Guardian Unlimited, 2000-11-24. Retrieved on 2007-08-10. 
  6. ^ Yockel, Michael. "Jonathan King, The Queen Of Pop", New York Press, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-08-10. 
  7. ^ 10cc Info [4]
  8. ^ Blair's comment [5]
  9. ^ Harry Potter CD [6]
  10. ^ King's certificate of acquittal on his website [7]
  11. ^ "Jonathan King jailed for child sex abuse", Guardian Unlimited, 2001-11-21. Retrieved on 2007-08-09. 
  12. ^ Jonathan King is released from prison [8]
  13. ^ BBC Article concerning Jonathan King's song 'The True Story of Harold Shipman [9]
  14. ^ "Who Let the Dogs Out [10]
  15. ^ "disc [11]

Jon Ronson Jon Ronson (born 10 May 1967) is a Cardiff born Jewish journalist, author, documentary filmmaker and radio presenter. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Harold Frederick Fred Shipman (January 14, 1946–January 13, 2004) was an English general practitioner who was one of the most prolific known serial killers in modern history. ...

External links


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Jonathan King - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1062 words)
Jonathan King is the stage name of Kenneth George King (born December 6, 1944), a wealthy pop music impresario who in 2001 received a seven year prison sentence for four indecent assaults and two more serious sexual offences on schoolboys aged 14 and 15.
King usually performed under pseudonyms, such as 'Shag', 'St Cecilia', 'Bubblerock', '100 Tons and a Feather', although in 1975 a rendition under his own name of Una Paloma Blanca was named Record of the Year.
King still protests his innocence and he says he is confident that he will be cleared on appeal.
Jonathan King: Reviews, Discography, Audio Clips, and more ||| Music.com (776 words)
King later showed his acumen as a writer and producer by taking the band Hedgehoppers Anonymous [+] in hand and producing the poppish folk protest song "It's Good News Week," which was a Top Five hit in England and brushed the U.S. charts at number 50.
King left Decca in 1970 and two years later -- after an interim period producing a series of minor British hits for bands like the Weathermen, the Piglets, and St. Cecilia, which were often King working pseudonymously -- he formed his own UK Records label, which was distributed by Decca.
King returned to Decca Records in the 1970s, but was unable to reverse the company's gradual decline, which resulted in its sale at the very end of the decade to Polygram Records.
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