TRIBUTES (Page 2)

Jon was one of the icons of British country music and in his heyday along with his band Country Fever was at the top of his profession. Although he had retired – as a special favour Jon came over to Sunny Hunny (Hunstanton) in 2006 and did a guest spot for me and he brought the house down! He was absolutely fantastic – always a true professional – and he had such a superb distinctive voice – he was a thoroughly lovely man. Sleep tight Jon.

 

DIANE RICHARDS (Promoter)

Mark...Happy memories with your dad who was a wonderful act and has been rightly inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

JIMMY CRICKET (Comedian)

Mark...I have some great memories working with Jon when I had 'The Wild Bunch' on the road. He was the star we all looked up to. Mark, you have put together a really great website for which I personally thank you for. Beautiful memories...Rusty.

 

RUSTY DOUCH (Musician)

I was saddened to read about my pal Jon even though we lost touch over the years. Having spent some years on the road with Jon in the mid-late 70's as a young musician playing bass, we shared a lot of good times and laughs travelling the length and breadth of Britain. He was without question one of the best vocalists in UK Country. I feel the need to register my thanks to Jon for some great memories which include appearing at Wembley as a full band - meeting and talking with Albert Lee backstage when he was part of Emmylou Harris's band the same year - for being part of the tour in Malta when Jon had the successful release of his single - for being able to do the live BBC show from Golders Green hosted by David Allan which also featured Boxcar Willie - for travelling all over Britain - giving me a living - doing radio shows, festivals, airbases etc. etc. and having a great time as a young man. Oh, so many treasured memories. Condolences to family, friends and acquaintances - Rest in peace Jon.

 

CHRIS DUNN (Musician)

Mark...I am dismayed to learn that your dad has passed away. I had a huge amount of respect for him every time I backed him. Country Fever were a top band and Jon was a front man par excellence. A lovely person, great singer and entertainer.

 

KEN BYNG (Musician)

A highly talented person. Jon was a one-off and his passing is very premature.

 

GERRY HOGAN (Musician)

I can't say anything that hasn't been already said. We will all miss him.

 

SLIM PICKINS (Musician)

Mark...So sorry to hear about your dad. I knew Jon and your mum in the early seventies. Your dad had real talent, a true performer.

 

LYNN McKEOWN (Fan)

Mark...I am saddened to hear of your father's death. We appeared on many country music shows & festivals together over the years - I was always impressed by his professionalism. He never gave less than his best on stage and off stage always found the time to meet his many followers wherever he performed. He will be remembered for being at the forefront of British country music right from the start.

 

TERRY McKENNA (Musician)