Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
5 March 2018 (aged 72)
Jeff St. John (Jeffrey Leo Newton, 22 April 1946 – 6 March 2018), was an Australian musician and singer who gained fame for top ten hits with Teach Me How to Fly (1970), Big Time Operator (1967) and A Fool in Love (1977). aka Jeff St John.
Jeff St John was born in Newtown, Sydney and attended Cleveland Street Boys High School in Surry Hills, New South Wales. He was born with spina bifida and spent much of his life in a wheel chair..
He appeared with a number of bands during the late 1960s and early 1970s including; John The Syndicate aka The Wild Oats (1965), The Id (1966–67) with Bob Bertles (tenor sax '67), Jeff St John & Yama (1967–68), Jeff St John & Copperwine (1969-72), with Harry Brus (bass 70-72) and Wendy Saddington (co-lead vocals 70-71), Jeff St John Band (1972–73) and, Red Cloud (1975-76).
In 1980 he was the subject of an episode of the documentary series The Australians presented by Peter Luck. The episode was titled "Jeff St. John - Rock 'n' Roll Man".
In 1988 as part of Australian Bicentenary celebrations along with many other Australian celebrities, Jeff St John took part in a video shoot at Ayers Rock called Celebration of a Nation.
St John was involved in educating people about disabilities and was a member of spina bifida support group MOSAIC. Jeff appeared at the opening of the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney where he sang the Australian National Anthem.
Jeff St John died on 6 March 2018, at his home in Perth, Western Australia.
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