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JEFF ST JOHN AND THE ID

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Description: Band, Australia

Known For: “Big Time Operator”

Music Styles: Rock, Blues

Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

CONTACT DETAILS
Website: MILESAGO – Groups & Solo Artists – Jeff St John & The Id

Other Links: See below:

YOUTUBE VIDEO

BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Jeff St John and The Id.

Jeff St John was named Jeffrey Leo Newton when he was born in 1946, and grew up in Sydney.
Jeff was diagnosed at birth with spina bifida, a congenital disability that causes malformation of the spine and resultant posture and walking difficulties. For much of his youth, Jeff walked with a caliper on his right leg, and underwent numerous painful operations.

He formed the group “Jeff St John and The Id” from 1966 through 1967.

Jeff and The Id are probably best remembered for their scorching, brass-laden smash single, “Big Time Operator”, which featured Aussie sax legend Bob Birtles heading the horn section.

The single reached #7 in Sydney and a respectable #12 in Melbourne in January 1967, and the recording sessions at Festival in Sydney were even photographed for a special feature in Go-Set. But this was the culmination of a series of accomplished 45s which, established Jeff & the band’s credentials.

Jeff parted ways with The Id. They continued without Jeff, playing regularly at underground dances and events.

Members include:

The Id (1966-67)
Jeff St John (lead vocals)
Peter Anson (guitar)
Bob Bertles (tenor sax ’67)
King Fisher (trumpet)
John Helman (bass)
Bruce Johnson (tenor sax, flute)
Don McCormack (drums 1967)
Dave Montgomery (drums 1966)
Ian Walsh (organ)

The data above hhas been extracted from the “MILESAGO” web site.

The ID on OZ TV May 10 29 19670001