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Biography

John Lawton (born July 11, 1946 in Halifax, England) is a rock and roll vocalist best known for his work with Lucifer's Friend (1970–1976; 1981), Uriah Heep (1976–1979), and the Les Humphries Singers (1970s). Most recently he has performed with Gunhill and the John Lawton Band and he has currently started a new project with Dutch guitarist Jan Dumée (ex-Focus) called On The Rocks.


He is known for a vocal style somewhat reminiscent of David Coverdale and David Byron.

He has remained on good terms with Mick Box. In 1995 he temporarily deputised for Bernie Shaw in Uriah Heep, for tours of South Africa and Austria, due to Shaw's throat problems. On December 7, 2001, both John Lawton and Ken Hensley appeared on stage with today's Uriah Heep line-up during the annual Magicians Birthday Party in London.

Discography

With Asterix
(pre-Lucifer's Friend)

Asterix - 1970

With Lucifer's Friend
Lucifer's Friend - 1970
Where the Groupies Killed the Blues - 1972
I'm Just a Rock & Roll Singer - 1973
Banquet - 1974
Mind Exploding - 1975
Mean Machine - 1981
Sumo Grip - 1994

With the Les Humphries Singers
We Are Goin' Down Jordan - 1971
Singing Detonation - 1971
Old Man Moses - 1971
Mexico - 1972
Sound '73 - 1973
Mama Loo (= La Onu Cantante) - 1973
Live in Europe - 1973
Carnival - 1973
Sound '73/II - 1973
The World Of - 1973
Kansas City - 1974
Sound '74 - 1974
One of These Days - 1974
Rock 'n Roll Party - 1974
Amazing Grace & Gospeltrain - 1975
Party on the Rocks - 1975

With Uriah Heep
Firefly - 1977
Innocent Victim - 1977
Fallen Angel - 1978
Live in Europe 79 - (Recorded 1979, released 1986)

With the Hensley Lawton Band
The Return (Live at Heepvention 2000) - 2000

With Zar
Live Your Life Forever - 1990

With Rebel
Stargazer - 1982

Solo albums
Heartbeat (also released as "HardBeat") - 1980
Still Paying My Dues to the Blues - 2000

With Gunhill
One Over the Eight - 1995
Night Heat - 1997

With the Lawton Dunning Project
Steppin' It Up - 2002
One More Night (Live) - 2002

With the John Lawton Band
Sting in the Tale - 2003
Shakin' the Tale - 2004

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