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40th Anniversary Tour: Jilted John, John Otway
Aka Graham Fellows of John Shuttleworth fame, reviving his 70's punk character Jilted John, famous for the chorus "Gordon is a moron". The single 'Jilted John' by Jilted John reached no.4 on the UK singles chart in 1978. Fellows brought Jilted John back for the 2008 Big Chill festival, and then resurrected him once again in 2016 for Blackpool's Rebellion festival. 2018 marks Jilted John's 40th anniversary.
Jilted John tour dates
John first achieved notoriety with his eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single 'Really Free' in 1977. A heady mix of blind ambition and rank incompetence was to keep this microstar shining for almost two decades despite Otway's ability to turn any situation to his own disadvantage.
His autobiography 'Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure' out sold, by a factor of ten, all the records he had released since his hit, and now Otway is struggling to live up to this billing - selling out London Astoria for his 2000th gig in 1993, filling the Royal Albert Hall in 1998, and charting at number 9 with his 2002 single 'Bunsen Burner'. For John 'Two Hits' Otway, 'the future's bright; the future's Otway!
John Otway tour dates