Cult Faction is sad to report that Australian musician and actor Jon English has passed away aged 66 years old. His facebook page released the sad news:
It is with the deepest sadness and the heaviest of hearts that we confirm the passing of Jon English. Jon died peacefully last night, aged 66. The cause of death was post-operative complications.
At the time of his passing he was surrounded by his four children and other close family members. A public service celebrating Jon’s life will be held with details to be released shortly. We are needless to say completely shocked and devastated by this enormous and unexpected loss. The music industry, and indeed the world, has lost an incredible talent and the biggest of big hearts. We are inconsolable and will miss you immeasurably.
English was born on 26th March 1949 in Hampstead, London, England and emigrated to Australia with his parents in 1961. He was an early vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Sebastian Hardie but left to take on the role of Judas Iscariot in the Australian version of the stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar from May 1972, which was broadcast on television.
English was also a noted solo singer; his Australian top twenty hit singles include “Turn the Page”, “Hollywood Seven”, “Words are Not Enough”, “Six Ribbons” and “Hot Town”.
English was acclaimed for his starring role in the 1978 Australian TV series Against the Wind – he won the TV Week Logie Award for ‘Best New Talent in Australia.’
As a musician and actor, English graced Australia’s stage and screen his entire career receiving many accolades for his work.
Here at Cult Faction he will always be Bobby Rivers – the faded one hit wonder rock star in the TV comedy All Together Now which ran from 1990-1993. In the series English brought laughter as Bobby struggled with finding out he was father to teenage twins Thomas and Anna. English wrote and sang the theme tune to the show.