Jonathan King

Creations & Relations

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Between 1965, when the 17-year old Jonathan King scored his first smash single, and 1979, when he wrapped up 15 years of record-making with the aptly titled Hit Millionaire compilation, the bespectacled genius was responsible for well over a score of U.K. chartbusters, and a few American ones, as well. It's a magnificent accomplishment, rivaled by only a handful of other acts, yet open the Guinness Book of Hit Singles and the evidence really isn't that impressive. A couple of Top Five singles, ten years apart, five more lowly Top 30 entries, and a couple of bottom tenners. It's the "see also..." footnote which you have to pay attention to, and even that only begins to tell the story. The Piglets, Sakkharin, 53rd & 3rd, Father Abraphart and the Smurps, Sound 9418, 100 Tons & a Feather, Shag, Bubblerock -- King has more aliases than most people have socks, and somebody would still write in at the end of it, to ask why you never mentioned Nemo. Although it is by no means complete, Creations & Relations is an entertaining summary of some of King's best-remembered, extra-curricular activities, rounding up not only the aforementioned aliases, but also a few of his productions (St. Cecilia, Hedgehoppers Anonymous, but no Bay City Rollers) and a couple of his discoveries -- like the Rollers. Both 10cc and Genesis owe their births to King, and the presence of "Rubber Bullets" and "The Silent Sun" testify to that side of his abilities.