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John Parr


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John Parr (born November 18, 1954, Worksop, Nottinghamshire) is a British musician who received considerable success following his two chart topping hits in the 1980s.

John Parr’s first entrance in to music was when he was 12 years old and formed a band with 2 fellow schoolmates named The Silence. The band enjoyed considerable success. They eventually became professional and started to tour Europe.

Ponders End

When John Parr left the band, he joined a group called Ponders End who were hailed as the ‘best live act around’ in Newcastle, along with the Dire Straits. In the end they did not make a record deal and the bands chapter in history closed.

Working With Meat Loaf

John secured a publishing deal with Carlin Music in 1983 and in the same year Meat Loaf asked him to write some songs for his new album. That led to the fateful meeting with John Wolfe (manager of The Who). Foreseeing the demise of The Who, Wolfe was looking for a new venture and John Parr seemed to be the one. 1984 was John’s first trip to America. He worked with Meat Loaf on Bad Attitude while Wolfe was putting finishing touches on John’s Atlantic Recording Deal in New York.

Solo and ‘The Business’

Naughty Naughty was John’s first U.S. top 40 hit record. The song built his career very quickly by achieving top 3 positions on every rock station in America for up to 6 weeks. 1985 saw John on the road with his band “The Business” supporting Toto and playing 10,000-seater venues across America.


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