Jonathan Kelly

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Jonathan Kelly
Birth nameJonathan Ledingham
Born8 July 1947
OriginDrogheda, County Louth, Ireland
GenresFolk rock
Years activeMid-1960s–1976; 2004-07
WebsiteOfficial website

Jonathan Kelly (born Jonathan Ledingham, 8 July 1947, Drogheda, County Louth) is an Irish folk rock singer-songwriter, who has enjoyed a varied career in music, playing with many musicians and groups, including Eric Clapton and Tim Staffell. He formed Jonathan Kelly's Outside in 1973.

He played bass for Humpy Bong which featured former Bee Gees drummer Colin Petersen. The band did not progress but released one single, "Don't You Be Too Long". Kelly would then retain Petersen as his manager and release two albums through RCA, Twice Around the Houses and Wait til They Change the Backdrop.[1]

Outside was made up of Kelly, Snowy White and Chas Jankel on guitars, Dave Sheen on drums and Trevor Williams (ex-Audience) on bass guitar. White went on to play with Pink Floyd and Thin Lizzy before a successful solo career, and Jankel later played with Ian Dury and the Blockheads. One album was recorded, ...Waiting On You, in 1974, with an accompanying single "...Waiting On You"/"Outside", before the band members went their separate ways.

Kelly stopped performing in 1976.[2] Between 2004 and 2007, Kelly made a brief return to the stage, performing a few solo acoustic concerts at small venues.[3]



  • Jonathan Kelly: LP Jonathan Kelly (Parlophone PCS 7114) – (1970)
  • Jonathan Kelly: LP Twice Around The Houses (RCA SF 8262) – (1972)
  • Jonathan Kelly: LP Wait Till They Change The Backdrop (RCA SF 8353) – (1973)
  • as Jonathan Kelly's Outside: LP ...Waiting On You (RCA LPL 15022) – (1974)
  • Jonathan Kelly: LP Two Days In Winter (RCA SF 8415) – (1975)


  • as The Boomerangs: 7" single "Dream World" / "Upgraded" (Pye 7N 17049) – (1966)
  • as Jon Ledingham: 7" single "Without An E" / "She's Got Me" (Pye 7N 17422) – (1967)
  • as Jon Ledingham: 7" single "Love Is A Toy" / "Thank You Mrs. Gilbert" (Pye 7N 17488) – (1968)
  • Jonathan Kelly: 7" single "Denver" / "Son John" (Parlophone R 5805) – (1969)
  • Jonathan Kelly: 7" single "Make A Stranger Your Friend" / "Daddy Don't Take Me Down Fishing No More" (Parlophone R 5830) – (1970)
  • Jonathan Kelly: 7" single "Don't You Believe It" / "Billy" (Parlophone R 5851) – (1970)
  • as Humpy Bong: 7" single "Don't You Be Too Long" / "We're Alright 'Til Then" (Parlophone R 5859) – (1970)
  • Jonathan Kelly: 7" single "Madeleine" / "Sligo Fair" (RCA 2223) – (1972)
  • Jonathan Kelly: 7" single "Let The People Stay" / "Mother Moon" (RCA 2370) – (1973)
  • as Jonathan Kelly's Outside: 7" single "...Waiting On You" / "Outside" (RCA LPBO 5030) – (1974)


  1. ^ Hughes, Andrew. The Bee Gees: Tales of the Brothers Gibb. Music Sales Group. pp. 563–564. ISBN 978-0-85712-004-5. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Events". The official Jonathan Kelly website. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Gig Reviews". The official Jonathan Kelly website. Retrieved 25 January 2014.