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10 March 2016 @ 09:39 pm
Sad news day  
Got the sad news today that Jon English died unexpectedly. I had a huge crush on Jon when I was in my teens and I still have one of his albums to this day. He first came to my attention playing Judas in the Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which I saw in Sydney in 1973 (feeling SO OLD now!). At the time I was attending boarding school, and the drive from my home to the school was almost exactly long enough to sing the rock opera in its entirety, with my sister and I taking alternating parts. Some very fond memories there.

And he was a "local" boy, attending Cabramatta High School, not far from where I grew up.

More recently he was starring in various Gilbert and Sullivan productions, like Pirates of Penzance:

(that's him in the tight purple pants, btw)

He went on to star in a number of tv shows, including the miniseries Against The Wind where we all fell in love with him over again.

RIP Jon, you had a grand talent to entertain and will be missed.
Current Mood: sadsad
byslantedlight: Doyle Lean (snarkyllama)byslantedlight on March 10th, 2016 04:50 pm (UTC)
Oh - I loved Jon English when I was a kid! I was too young for Jesus Christ Superstar (sorry! *g*) though I'd heard about it, but I adored Against the Wind, and definitely fell in love with him then... Come to think of it, he may be where my penchant for men in long leather boots, tight trousers and flowing white cotton shirts comes from... *g* And I'd not seen the Pirates show before, but that looks good too... Oh, sad...
miwahnimiwahni on March 12th, 2016 11:21 am (UTC)
There is something to be said for long leather boots, tight trousers and flowing white cotton shirts *g*.
Sad, though. It's been a horrible year for losing people, so far.
Trepkostrepkos on March 10th, 2016 09:25 pm (UTC)
How sad - beautiful man, with a great voice.
miwahnimiwahni on March 12th, 2016 11:22 am (UTC)
Yes, yes and yes. I was late going to bed on Thursday, as I sat up watching Pirates again. I'm glad we at least still have the DVDs and music.