Two of their earliest and best known hits were "Mexico" (1972) which was based on the 1957 Jimmy Driftwood country hit "The Battle of New Orleans", and "Mama Loo" (1973), based on "Barbara Ann" by The Beach Boys. Additional members included Liz Mitchell, later front woman with Boney M., and John Lawton, who also sang for the German progressive/hard rock band Lucifer's Friend and would go on to be the frontman for Uriah Heep. Much like contemporary disco act Boney M., their music focused on Rhythm and blues, gospel, and disco, but often with psychedelic phasing or flanger effects on solos and bridges, and, much like James Last, much larger background choruses in the studio to emulate a live atmosphere. The group consisted of a large number of singers of diverse ethnic origin, some of whom such as John Lawton also performed with other groups. In May 2006 Lawton joined forces with Dutch guitarist Jan Dumée (ex-Focus) to form the On The Rocks project. This reincarnation totally lacked the hippie feel and look. In September 2008 John Lawton appeared on stage at the Heepvention 2008 in Spain, with former Uriah Heep members Ken Hensley, Lee Kerslake and Paul Newton, together with Jan Dumee from the OTR project on guitar. Made by the Bulgarian TV company "Skat", the films feature interesting historical landmarks of Bulgarian towns and cities, traditional festivities and interviews with the city mayors and local people. In March 2010, John made his acting debut in the motion picture Love.net, filmed and produced by Bulgarian film company Miramar Film. : Although there are now several "John Lawton" Facebook & Twitter pages, none of them was created or authorised by : either John Lawton or his team. During the 4th Uriah Heep Annual Convention in London, May 2000, plans were made for a one-off concert by the so-called Hensley/Lawton Band. * Important notice * Facebook & Twitter.. John does NOT have a Facebook page: and is NOT on Twitter!! Linda Thompson (born 21 September 1948 as Linda Übelherr), who had previously been a member of the Cornely Singers and Love Generation, was a member from 1973 to 1974, and later joined Silver Convention, and had a solo career as Linda G. Thompson, sang as a duo with Jerry Rix, and later joined The Hornettes. [citation needed] The Les Humphries Singers at the time brought something from the flair of the hippie movement into contemporary German-produced (but English-sung) pop music, especially due to their mixed ethnic background and peculiar fashion sense. In 2009 John again joined Ken Hensley, Lee Kerslake and Paul Newton to appear at Heepvention 2009 in Salo, Finland with a Finnish guitarist completing the line-up. In 2001 Lawton teamed up with Ken Hensley to form the Hensley Lawton Band. [3][4][5][6] Henner Hoier (born 19 April 1945), who was a member from 1970 to 1971, had been a member of the Rivets from 1964 to 1968 and of the Rattles from 1968 to 1970. John Lawton was the singer with Lucifer’s Friend, Les Humphries Singers and of course the legendary Uriah Heep, which he propelled through more blues oriented mainstream rock with 1977’s “Firefly” album.Years following the Heep adventure were spent building a vibrant CV that included the release of a solo album in 1980, stints with Rebel, Zar and old compatriot Ken Hensley. John Cooper Lawton (born 11 July 1946 in Halifax, England) is a rock and blues vocalist best known for his work with Lucifer's Friend, Uriah Heep and the Les Humphries Singers. They played a collection of old Heep classics and some of Hensley & Lawton's solo songs, and the concert was recorded for a CD release called The Return. In 2006, the original band members formed "The Original Singers" without Humphries, but with new members Chris Dakota, David Tobin, Jay Jay van Hagen and Willi Meyer, re-recording their old hits and also releasing new material. [9], The Les Humphries Singers performed a mix of popular music and gospel covers and had some success in Europe with this approach. He also joined the Les Humphries Singers, in the early '70s (which included the Eurovision Song Contest in '76). On later albums by the Les Humphries Singers "Mexico" was released with different lyrics, most likely due to copyright problems (plagiarism)[citation needed]. kesäkuuta 1946 Halifax, Britannia) on brittiläinen muusikko, joka muistetaan parhaiten laulajana yhtyeissä Lucifer's Friend (1970-1976, 1981, 1994), Les Humphries Singers ja Uriah Heep (1976-1979). Lawton formed GunHill, later known as JLB (John Lawton Band), in January 1994, touring the UK and Europe. He has also composed and produced music, and appeared in the musical Only You.[7][8]. In 1969 he formed the group in Hamburg, Germany. Updated about 6 years ago. This concert was recorded and released as a CD/DVD. Another member was Jürgen Drews,[2] who later started a long-running solo career, starting with his 1976 hit in Germany, "Ein Bett im Kornfeld", a cover version of "Let Your Love Flow" by The Bellamy Brothers. At the same time, they were the resident vocal band on the internationally syndicated TV series "The International Pop Proms", working with James Last and other renowned artists. He also sang on 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. After Stonewall finished their stint at Top Ten Club in Hamburg in 1969, Lawton decided to stay in Germany, after having been offered the job as singer with legendary German rock cult band Lucifer's Friend (1969–1976 and 1979–1995) with whom he recorded seven studio albums. In August 2000, his solo album Still Paying My Dues to the Blues, produced by Robert Papst, was released in Europe, UK and Scandinavia, by Hypertension Music Hamburg and distributed through EDEL Germany. Last edited on 19 November 2020, at 17:04, Learn how and when to remove this template message, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Lawton_(musician)&oldid=989549439, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Musician, Songwriter, TV presenter, Actor, This page was last edited on 19 November 2020, at 17:04. Lawton and Dumée wrote and recorded the tracks for the debut album Mamonama, released in October 2008. Public . From 1972 onwards, he had a solo career, and from 1988 to 1993 he was a member of the Rattles and from 1994 of the Rivets. One More Night Live at the Mean Fiddler, CD & DVD, was recorded in 2002, which was followed in 2003 by JLB's Sting in the Tale CD, an original studio rock album. Les Humphries was born John Leslie Humphreys on 10 August 1940 in Croydon, Surrey, England. During his longstanding career Lawton has worked with some big names of rock, on various projects, including Roger Glover's "Butterfly Ball" live at the Royal Albert Hall in 1975, featuring David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Ian Gillan and Twiggy. The group consisted of a large number of singers of diverse ethnic origin, some of whom such as John Lawton also performed with other groups. Les Humphries was born John Leslie Humphreys on 10 August 1940 in Croydon, Surrey, England. Inspired by German top producer Robert Papst and his partner Reinhold Hoffman, Lawton re-recorded one of the Les Humphries Singers' favourites, the 1970s hit "Mama Loo", in January 1998. On The Rocks - "OTR" featured Brazilian musicians Ney Conceição on bass, Xande Figueiredo on drums, and Marvio Ciribelli on keyboards. John Cooper Lawton (* 11.Juli 1946 in Halifax) ist ein englischer Rocksänger, der für seine Arbeit mit Lucifer’s Friend (1970–1976; 1981; 2014-), Uriah Heep (1976–1979) und den Les Humphries Singers (1970er Jahre) bekannt ist.. Er war im Chor der Les Humphries Singers Solo-Sänger vieler Titel, u. a. des Hits Mama Loo (1973). In 1995 he briefly rejoined Uriah Heep for 2 weeks, to tour South Africa and Austria with Deep Purple, filling in for their singer Bernie Shaw, who was suffering from voice problems at the time. John Cooper Lawton (s.11. In 1969 he formed the group in Hamburg, Germany. In 1976 they represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest with the Ralph Siegel title "Sing Sang Song", reduced to only six singers (their usual line-ups consisted of 20 performers and up), and came in 15th place, which they regarded as their beginning of the end as a band. John Cooper Lawton (born 11 July 1946 in Halifax, England) is a rock and blues vocalist best known for his work with Lucifer's Friend, Uriah Heep and the Les Humphries Singers. In December 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. He also recorded the movie's soundtrack song - Tonight. Official John Lawton Website. JLB had been touring extensively with their last gig in Hamburg, September 2004, when Lawton decided to take an indefinite break. In 1974 Les Humphries Singers starred in the German movie Es knallt - und die Engel singen directed by Roberto Leoni (as Butch Lion) and produced by Dieter Geissler Filmproduktion. Lawton was joined by former Heep keyboardist Ken Hensley, for the first time 21 years after Lawton's departure from Uriah Heep in 1979. 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Later that year followed another Live CD & DVD Shakin' The Tale. With them were Paul Newton (their original bassist), and 2 members of Lawton's band Reuben Kane on lead guitar and Justin Shefford on drums. On 7 December 2001, both John Lawton and Ken Hensley appeared on stage with Uriah Heep during the annual Magician's Birthday Party at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. Humphries died on 26 December 2007 in Basingstoke, England from a heart attack after a severe bout of pneumonia. He then moved on to West One and later Stonewall which included John Miles, Vic Malcolm (later of Geordie) and Paul Thompson (later of Roxy Music). The album was released in 2012. After 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 returned to their respective solo careers. In November 2011 John teamed up with Bulgarian band Diana Express to record the album "The Power of Mind" which was composed by Dr. Milen Vrabevski. The group had several chart hits in Germany and in other European countries. The Les Humphries Singers was a 1970s musical group formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1969[1] by the English born Les Humphries (born John Lesley Humphreys, 10 August 1940, in Croydon, Surrey, England - died 26 December 2007, in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England), who had been inspired to … Asterix (6), Gunhill, Intelligent Music Project II, John Lawton Band, John Lawton's Gunhill, Jon Petersen & Skyliner, Les Humphries Singers, Lucifer's Friend, On The Rocks (17), Rebel (16), Roger Glover and Guests, The Hensley Lawton Band, The Hiltonaires, The Lawton Dunning Project, Uriah Heep, Zar (7) Lawton worked with some of the finest record producers, including Tony Clarke (Moody Blues), Jimmy Miller (Rolling Stones), and Harold Faltermeyer (Pet Shop Boys), who produced the titles Lawton sang on the Lenny McDowell Project "Lost Paradise". (The album has been re-released in 2010). [citation needed]. In 1976 Lawton joined Uriah Heep as their frontman, recording the albums Firefly, Innocent Victim, Fallen Angel[1] and Live in Europe '79, touring Europe and the U.S. until September 1979. The Les Humphries Singers dissolved at the end of the 1970s and Humphries moved back to England. The John Lawton Band - "JLB" was taken on by Classic Rock Productions in 2001 to record the acoustic CD Steppin' It Up, which features John & Steve Dunning. The Les Humphries Singers was a 1970s pop group formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1969[1] by the English-born Les Humphries. They disbanded shortly thereafter the same year, but enjoyed a short comeback as a pure live act from 1991 until 1993 performing their old hits. John Lawton Music - Official Website. Part of John's scenes were shot at Liscombe Park, UK, featuring a guest appearance by Uriah Heep guitarist Mick Box, with the remainder filmed in Sofia. The film was premiered in Sofia on 26 March 2011. Lawton sang with German rock band Rebel, later known as Zar, on three albums, during the late '80s -'90s including their hit singles "Line of Fire" and "Eagles Flight", and moved on to Volker Barber's classical project "Excalibur". He sang on Eddie Hardin's "Wizard's Convention II" with Chris Farlowe, Denny Laine, Paul Jones and Tony Ashton. Lawton began his musical career in North Shields, UK, in the early '60s with The Deans, a bunch of kids who decided at random that he should be singer. The former members, Jürgen Drews, Tina Kemp-Werner, Judy Archer and Peggy Evers-Hartig, formed a group called the "Les Humphries Singers Reunion" in 2009. So far the series consists of 19 documentaries, including the municipalities of Karnobat, Sozopol, Tsarevo, Primorsko, Burgas, Smolyan, Pamporovo, Varna, Malko Tarnovo, Velingrad, Shumen, Popovo winter, Popovo spring, Chepelare, Lovech, Kavarna, Stara Zagora, Nedelino.