Simon Harry Piers Jeffes
19 February 1949
|Died||11 December 1997 (aged 48)|
|Known for||Founder of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra|
Simon Harry Piers Jeffes (19 February 1949 – 11 December 1997) was an English classically trained guitarist, composer and arranger. He formed, and was the primary performer of, the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. He was the composer of the ballet Still Life at the Penguin Cafe, of the much-recorded piece Music For A Found Harmonium, and other music recorded by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
He is also known for assisting Sex Pistols producer Bill Price with the string arrangement for the Sid Vicious version of "My Way" which reached #7 on the UK singles charts as part of The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle soundtrack.
A recording of piano works by Jeffes, "Piano Music", was released by Zopf Records in 1998.
Life and death
Jeffes was born at the Montalan Nursing Home, Crawley, Sussex, on 19 February 1949, the son of James Henry Elliston Jeffes, a research chemist, and his wife, Anne Hope Madeline Jeffes (née Clutterbuck).
- "Obituary: Simon Jeffes". The Independent. 18 December 1997. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
- "Picadilly Records Remastered Release". Picadilly Records.
- MacLaine, Dominic (2004). "Jeffes, Simon Harry Piers". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/68826. Retrieved 28 November 2014. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- Sandall, Robert. "Simon Jeffes". Archived from the original on 28 April 2018.
- Simon Jeffes at the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Profile at Penguin Cafe Orchestra website
- Obituary at The Independent