• John Lawton  -    vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, TV presenter & actor ;-))



      John began his musical career in North Shields, UK, in the early '60s with "The Deans", a bunch of
      "kids" who decided at random that John should be "singer".
      He then moved on to "West One" and later to "Stonewall" which included John Miles, Vic Malcolm
      (later Geordie) and Paul Thompson (later Roxy Music).
      After "Stonewall" finished a stint at the "Top Ten Club" in Hamburg in 1969, John decided to stay
      in Germany.
      After having been offered the "job" as singer with legendary German rock cult band
      "Lucifer's Friend" ('69-'76 & '79 -'95) he records 9 studio albums during his time with the band.
      In the early '70s John also joined the Les Humphries Singers, with whom he recorded more than 20
      albums and took part at the mid '70s Eurovision Song Contest  ;-)
      In 1976 John joined Uriah Heep as their front man, recording the albums :"Innocent Victim",
      "Firefly", "Fallen Angel" and "Live '79" touring Europe and the USA until Sept. '79.
      The ex - Uriah Heep front man and vocalist with Lucifer's Friend has built a reputation on his
      powerful vocals and charismatic personality and is regarded as one of the best singers around...
      During his longstanding career John has worked with some big names of rock, on various projects,
      including  Roger Glover's "Butterfly Ball" live in the Royal Albert Hall in 1975, feat. David Coverdale,
      Glenn Hughes, Ian Gillan and Twiggy. He sang on Eddie Hardin's "Wizard's Convention ll" feat. Chris
      Farlowe, Dennie Lane, Paul Jones and Tony Ashton.
      John had the privilege to have worked with some of the finest record producers, including Tony
      Clarke  (Moody Blues) Jimmy Miller (Rolling Stones) and Harold Faltermayer (Pet Shop Boys), who 
      produced the titles John sang on the Lenny McDowell Project  "Lost Paradise" and Robert Papst
      ( Still paying my dues to the blues...)
      In late 1980 John joined German rock band "Rebel" later known as "Zar" on three albums,
      including their hit singles  "Line of Fire" & "Eagles Flight".
      Moving on to Volker Barber's classical  project "Excalibur" and several German commercials,
      including the "Colgate Gel" TV spots, the "Peter Stuyvesant Travel" spots the Stuyvesant single
      "Come Together" and a stint for Harley Davidson Motorbikes.
      John briefly re-joined Rebel, by now known as "ZAR" to record another album.
      In Jan. 1994, John formed GunHill, later known as JLB - John Lawton Band, touring the UK and Europe.
      They record the studio album "Nightheat" followed in '99 by the live album "Live in Germany '99"
      In 1995 he briefly re-joined Uriah Heep, for 2 weeks, to tour South Africa with Deep Purple,
      filling in for their singer Bernie, who was suffering from voice problems at the time.
    2000 - 2010
      In August  2000, inspired by German top producer Robert Papst, John recorded his solo CD
      "Still Paying My Dues to the blues.." Produced by Robert Papst, it was released in Europe, UK and
      Scandinavia, by  "Hypertension Music" Hamburg and distributed through "EDEL" Germany. This
      album has been hailed as one of the "best works " John has  done...;-)
      During the 4th Uriah Heep Annual Convention in London, in May 2000, plans were made for a
      one-off concert by the so-called "Hensley/Lawton Band".  John was joined by former Heep  
      keyboarder Ken Hensley, for the first time 21 years after John's departure from Heep in 1979!
      With them were Paul Newton (Heep's original bassist), and 2 members of John's band, Reuben
      Kane on lead guitar and Justin Shefford on drums. They played a collection of old Heep
       classics and some of Ken & Johnís solo songs to an amazed audience. The concert was recorded
      for a CD release "The Return".    
      In Feb. 2001 John teamed up with Ken Hensley to form the Hensley Lawton BandAfter extensive
      touring, during spring and summer of 2001, culminating with a concert in Hamburg, Germany,
      featuring a  full orchestra and a new rendition of Heep's old classic "Salisbury", both Ken
      and John return to their respective "solo" careers.
      In 2001 the John Lawton Band - "JLB" is taken on by Classic Rock Productions , recording the
      acoustic CD "Steppin' It Up" which features John & Steve Dunning.
      "One More Night" Live at the Mean Fiddler, CD & DVD, is recorded in 2002, followed  in
      2003 by JLB's "Sting In The Tale" CD, an original studio rock album.
      Later that year another Live CD & DVD followed : "Shakin' The Tale"..
      JLB have been touring extensively with their last gig in Hamburg, Sept 2004, when John
      decided to take an indefinite break.
      In May 2006 John joins forces with Dutch guitarist Jan Dumee (ex-Focus) to form " OTR" ( On The
      Rocks ), a Project featuring Brazilian musicians Ney Concei„o on bass, Xande Figueiredo on drums,
      and Marvio Ciribelli on keyboards.
      John and Jan have written some great material for an album that was recorded in Brazil in 2007.
      OTR have  signed a record deal with " Lion Music" , covering Europe and North America. The new
      album is named "Mamonama" and was  released on 10. October 2008. In spring 2009 the
      album has also been released in Brazil by "Dynamo Records"
      John is currently working with Bulgarian musicians to perform his Live Concert schedule. Including
       legendary Bulgarian rock band BTR & Yassen Dimitrov's band Nightheat.
      During  Dec. 2008 John entered the world of television by presenting the Bulgarian travel
      documentary series "John Lawton presents" which also includes music from the "Mamonama" album.
      Made by Bulgarian TV company "Skat" the films feature interesting historical landmarks of
      Bulgarian towns and cities, traditional festivities, breathtaking scenery and interviews with the
      city mayors and local people.
    2010 -
      In March 2010, John made his acting debut, having been offered a small part in the motion
      picture Love.net, filmed and produced by Bulgarian film company Miramar Film.
      Part of Johns scenes were shot at Liscombe Park,  UK , with the remainder in Sofia,  featuring
      also a guest appearance by Uriah Heep guitarist Mick Box.  The film was premiered in Sofia in March 2011
      and released to Bulgarian cinemas on 1. April 2011
    John continues the filming of his popular documentary series about Bulgaria: "John Lawton presents..."
    So far the series consists of  19 documentaries , including the Municipalities of Karnobat, Sozopol,
    Tsarevo, Primorsko, Bourgas winter, Bourgas summer, Smolyan winter,  Smolyan summer, Pamporovo
    Varna, Shumen, Popovo winter, Popovo spring, Chepelare, Velingrad , Lovech, Kavarna, Stara Zagora , Nedelino..
     More documentaries  will be filmed during this year..
    In November 2011  John teams up with Legendary Bulgarian rock band "Diana Express"  to record the album
    "The Power of Mind" written and composed by Dr. Milen Vrabevski, .
     Recorded in Pleven, Bulgaria, during  2011 & Jan. 2012, the album was premiered live in Bulgaria @ the
    "Sofia Live Club"on 29. April 2012.
    In May 2013 John toured with Uriah Heep, again filling in for Bernie Shaw, who was recovering from a routine medical
    Durinng 2013 John became a Patron of the "Mothers for children with autism" charity, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
    In Sept. 2013 John was presented with the "Eagle of the Danube", an award for "Excellence in the promotion of
    Bulgarian history and culture". Presented by Stanislav Petrov Blagov , Mayor of Svishtov, Bulgaria.
    October 2013 saw the recording of a new Album, " My Kind of Lovin' " in collaboration with composer Dr. Milen Vrabevski
    at Intelligent Music.
    The completed Album features  Simon Phillips of TOTO fame on drums, John Lawton on vocals and Joseph Williams
    of TOTO , singing guest vocals on 4 tracks.
      . For latest John Lawton activities see here



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