Janie Jones

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Marion Mitchell (born 1941[1] in Seaham, County Durham), better known by her stage name, Janie Jones, was an English singer. She became renowned for holding sex parties at her home during the 1970s, and was jailed for her involvement in 'controlling prostitutes'.[2][3] She first achieved notoriety in August 1964, when she attended the film premiere of London in the Raw, wearing a topless dress.[4]

Music career[edit]

Jones had been a pop singer in the 1960s, her best results coming from the cackling novelty number "Witches Brew" which peaked at number 46 in the UK Singles Chart.[5]


The cabaret singer was sentenced to seven years imprisonment (serving three years)[2] in 1974 for her involvement in 'controlling prostitutes'.

Whilst in jail, she met and befriended the Moors murderer Myra Hindley and made numerous television appearances insisting that Hindley was a reformed woman and should be considered for release. However Jones developed a deep hatred for Hindley in 1986 when Hindley finally confessed to her crimes.[6] In 1993 she wrote an autobiography titled The Devil and Miss Jones: The Twisted Mind of Myra Hindley.

The Clash[edit]

She is the subject of a song by The Clash called "Janie Jones", which was released in 1977 on the band's eponymous debut album.[7] In 2006, the song was covered by Babyshambles. Jones appeared in the music video for the Babyshambles version, being chauffeured around London together with Mick Jones.

In 1982, Jones, backed by members of The Clash and the Blockheads and credited as Janie Jones & the Lash, recorded a single, "House of the Ju-Ju Queen" b/w "Sex Machine", which was produced by Joe Strummer and released the following year. In December 1983, the British music magazine, NME, reported that Jones was on the 'comeback trail'.[7]


  1. ^ "Janie Jones". Probert Encyclopaedia. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Jimmy Savile: Secret of BBC's first sex scandal". Telegraph. Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ Edwards, Susan (2003-09-02). "The legal regulation of prostitution: a human rights issue". In Graham Scambler. Rethinking Prostitution: Purchasing Sex in the 1990s. Routledge. pp. 61–62. ISBN 9781134807000. Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "In Love with Janie Jones: The Clash and the Bad Girl Who Inspired One of Their Greatest Songs". Dangerous Minds. September 9, 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 289. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ Geraldine Bedell (18 April 1993). "Profile: Beyond forgiveness?: Myra Hindley". The Independent. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 387. CN 5585. 

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