b Jonathan James English, 26 March 1949, Hampstead, London, England. Blessed with good looks, a good rock voice and all-round musical talents, English has been one of the few artists to perform in all forms of media in his adopted Australia. English emigrated to the country in 1961, and four years later joined his first band, Zenith. He initially received attention for his performance as Judas, in the 1971 production of Jesus Christ Superstar, although during the late 60s he had made a minor splash with Sebastian Hardie, a progressive rock band that later recorded several interesting albums and backed legendary rocker Johnny O’Keefe. In addition, English occasionally filled in as lead singer with Duck (a short-lived band that released one jazz-influenced album).
His 1973 debut album indicated that his songwriting showed promise. Intermittent recording, which produced such chart entries as ‘Turn The Page’, ‘Hollywood Seven’ and ‘Words Are Not Enough’, continued between his stage and television commitments. However, it was his collaboration on the soundtrack of the television series Against The Wind, in late 1978, that drew the attention of a wider audience and age range. Subsequently, he wrote and produced most of his own albums and continued to write film and television scores. English spent the late 80s writing, in conjunction with UK/Australian producer David Mackay, the rock opera Paris, based on the ancient legend of Troy.
During the 90s, English starred in the television comedy All Together Now and toured in his own productions, Turn The Page and Buskers And Angels.