Jeff St John

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Jeff St John, also known as Jeffrey St. John (born Jeffrey Leo Newton[1] 22 April 1946, in Newtown, Sydney), is an Australian singer who gained fame for top ten hits with Teach Me How to Fly, Big Time Operator[2] and Fool in Love.[3] St John was born with spina bifida.

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[4] (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)[5]

In 1988 as part of Australian Bicentenary celebrations along with many other Australian celebrities St John took part in a video shoot at Ayers Rock called Celebration of a Nation.[6]

St John has been involved in educating people about disabilities and is a member of spina bifida support group MOSAIC.[3] He appeared at the opening of the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney where he sang the Australian National Anthem.[5][7]


  1. ^ Jack Russell (1973-12-27). "Jeff St John". Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  2. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald - Apr 20, 1989". 1989-04-20. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  3. ^ a b Jeff St John - Live
  4. ^ McIntyre, Iain (2006-01-01). Tomorrow Is Today: Australia in the Psychedelic Era, 1966-1970. Wakefield Press. pp. 15–. ISBN 9781862546974. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Jeff St John
  6. ^ White, L., The Bicentenary of Australia: Celebration of a Nation in Fuller, L. K. (Ed.) (2004) National Days, National Ways - Historical, Political, and Religious Celebrations Around the World. p33 ISBN 0275972704
  7. ^ Gilbert, Keith D.; Schantz, Otto J.; Schantz, Otto (2008). The Paralympic Games: Empowerment Or Side Show?. Meyer & Meyer Verlag. pp. 21–. ISBN 9781841262659. Retrieved 5 July 2013.