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No. 17      Nov  6, 1965




Kenneth King (b. Dec. 6, 1944, London) was right and proper when he was a lad.   He was  educated at

London’s Charterhouse School and went on a tour about the globe.   He was attending Trinity College in

Cambridge as an English Lit. major when he came upon this scruffy bunch of beat musicians called the

Bumblies.    It was through the Bumblies that King met some execs at British Decca Records–in particular,

a Mr. Ken Jones, who encouraged the youth to try his hand at writing some hip songs.   One of the first of

these was the hodge-podgy “Everyone’s Gone To The Moon.”  At the time, everyone liked it, but no one

seemed to really understand it.    Nonetheless, King’s thing became a worldwide hit; a fading etching in

baby boomers’  aging minds.


King was never a great rock and roll singer, but then again, he never claimed that he was.   After the

success of “Everyone’s Gone,” King issued further flakies, charting in the States with only one other single,

“Where The Sun Has Never Shone” (#97, 1966).   But more importantly, this upright lad became the

assistant to  Sir Edward Lewis, head of Decca’s London office.   At Decca, and later at his own U. K.

Records label, King discovered and produced acts like the Bay City Rollers, Genesis, Hedgehoppers

Anonymous, the Kursaal Flyers, and IOcc, to name but a few.


Jonathan also has the distinction of appearing on the British charts under more guises than any other

bloke in all of popdom.    In addition to eight further homeland chartings under the “Jonathan King”

monicker, King had hits under pseudonyms like Father Abraphart and The Smurps (“Lick a Smurp for

Christmas!’), Bubblerock (“Satisfaction”), 53rd and 3rd (“Chick-A-Boom”), 100 Ton and a Feather (“It

Only Takes A Minute”), Sakharin (a heavy­ metal version of “Sugar Sugar”), Shag (“Loop Di Love”), Sound

9418 (“In the Mood”), The Weathermen (“It’s The Same Old Song”), and possibly untold others.   Other less

successful King personae include Nemo, the Piglets, Robin Jack, Saccharine, and St. Cecilia.


From 1979 through 1980, King hosted a radio talk show over New York’s WMCA.   He has written Bible

Two, an anti-drug novel; hosted “Entertainment  USA” and “A King in America” for the BBC; made regular

appearances on “Top of the Pops”; and continues to work  as a prolific newspaper columnist, an

independent producer and recording artist.   In 1993, King established his own music business

publication, Tip Sheet.