In the wake of Barry McGuire’s ‘Eve Of Destruction’, this vocalist reached the UK Top 50 in 1965 with a less bombastic ‘protest’ song in ‘Come Away Melinda’, issued on Columbia Records. St. John could not, however, capitalize on this modest triumph with further chart entries. Nevertheless, he was to find gainful employment as a session singer for artists such as Alexis Korner, Long John Baldry, Duster Bennett and other titans of the late 60s ‘blues boom’. The next decade brought a wider spectrum of work in both mainstream pop (Bryan Ferry, Cockney Rebel, Andy Fairweather-Low, Elton John) and off-beat projects involving Viv Stanshall, Kevin Coyne, John Cale and Daevid Allen. By the 80s, he numbered Pink Floyd, Tom Robinson and Whitesnake among his illustrious clients.
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