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Jonathan King

Jonathan King is the stage name of Kenneth George King (born December 6, 1944, London), a wealthy pop music impresario who in 2001 received a seven year prison sentence for four indecent assaults and two more serious sexual offences on schoolboys aged 14 and 15.

The child of an American father and an English mother, King was educated at Charterhouse School and Trinity College, Cambridge. As an undergraduate, he wrote and sang his first hit, Everyoneís Gone To The Moon in 1965, selling 4.5 million copies. Before graduating, he wrote and produced further hits such as Itís Good News Week by Hedgehoppers Anonymous, also discovering, producing and naming Genesis, whose founding members were at Charterhouse.

Soon after King graduated, his Saturday evening ITV series Good Evening Itís Jonathan King, was seen nationally for six months.

He ran Decca Records for a time, and in 1971, 1972 and 1973 was acclaimed Producer of the Year. He performed and produced many big hits under different names, often two or three at the same time. He produced The Bay City Rollers and sang most of their first hit, Keep On Dancing. He backed and produced The Rocky Horror Show. His own label, UK Records had hits with 10cc and others. King usually performed under pseudonyms, such as 'Shag', St Cecilia', Bubblerock', '100 Tons and a Feather', although in 1975 a rendition under his own name of Una Paloma Blanca was named Record of the Year.

King presented his own daily radio show on New York's WMCA throughout 1980 and started doing regular reports from the US on Top of the Pops. These developed into Entertainment USA, a BBC2 series that reached over nine million viewers. He also started and produced No Limits which topped the channel ratings chart at over five million.

King wrote & hosted The Brit Awards for the BBC in 1987, 1990, 1991 and 1992. In 1995 he took over A Song For Europe, the BBC quest for a Eurovision Song Contest winner and won the contest in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves' Love Shine A Light. Over nine million ITV viewers saw his Record of the Year show at Christmas 1998/9 and 2000.

In 1993 he formed The Tip Sheet, a music weekly publication, promoting artists like The Corrs and Eva Cassidy, whilst they were unsigned or unknown, and such future hits as Chumbawambaís Tubthumping, Cognoscenti Vs. Intelligentsia and Who Let The Dogs Out. King recorded the original finished version of the latter under the pseudonym Fat Jakk And His Pack Of Pets.

During the 1980s, he wrote a column in The Sun for eight years. He has written regular features in many other newspapers and magazines, and two published novels.

In October 1997, the British Music Industry Trust honoured King with a lifetime achievement award. In a letter read out at the ceremony, Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged King's "important contribution to one of this country's great success stories".

On November 24, 2000, King was charged with three child sex offences, dating back 32 years. In the light of the publicity surrounding his arrest, a dozen other boys (now men) came forward to tell police that King had abused them too, during the 1970s and 1980s. In the ensuing trials there were several guilty verdicts before remaining charges were dropped for the stated reason that, even if he had been found guilty, King's total sentence would not have been appreciably longer than the seven years he is now serving.

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