John Shuttleworth

John Shuttleworth

Real Name:
Graham David Fellows
Profile:
(For the producer of classical recordings, see John Shuttleworth (2).)

The creation/alter ego of musician/actor Graham Fellows, John Shuttleworth 'is' a middle-aged "versatile singer-songwriter" from Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Achieving a UK hit single early in his career as Jilted John, Fellows followed the misguided advice of his record label to keep a cult profile and did not see any further hits. In 1985, having signed a songwriting deal with Chappell Music, he was played some of their bad demo tapes and was inspired to create John Shuttleworth, a man with a hum-drum life and little aptitude for pop music who nonetheless writes song after song on his Yamaha keyboard with "built-in auto-accompaniment".

Shuttleworth was initially confined to home-produced tapes that were only circulated among Fellows' friends (some of these tracks later compiled on 'Blue John') but he gradually became more mainstream, with appearances on Radio 4 ('The Shuttleworths' series), Radio 1 ('Shuttleworth Showtime') and on Jonathan Ross's 'Saturday Zoo' on Channel 4, eventually progressing to his own TV shows ('500 Bus Stops', 'Europigeon') and films ('It's Nice Up North'). Most incongruously, perhaps, Shuttleworth played to 25,000 bemused Blur fans when he supported them at London's Mile End Stadium in 1996. Fellows has also written books as John and regularly tours in character.

The humour of John Shuttleworth is gentle and observational, bearing comparison to the work of Alan Bennett, being similarly rooted in a Northern English perspective. Although John is clearly never going to be a star, we are not invited to mock him, more to identify with him and his hopes and dreams. His songs, though unlikely to top the charts when covered by Clannad or Paul Young, as John perennially hopes, are nonetheless whimsical and clever beyond his understanding.
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John Shuttleworth Discography

Albums

No Catalogue Numbers At All John Shuttleworth Seven Songs By Sunset(Cass) No Name Given No Catalogue Numbers At All UK 1992 Sell This Version
John Shuttleworth The Shuttleworths 1 (Album) Chic Ken UK 1994 Sell This Version
John Shuttleworth The Yamaha Years (Album) Chic Ken UK 1997 Sell This Version
ZBBC 2033 John Shuttleworth The Shuttleworths 2(2xCass, Album) BBC ZBBC 2033 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Chic Ken Cas 003 John Shuttleworth The Shuttleworths 3(Cass, Album) Chic Ken Chic Ken Cas 003 UK 1999 Sell This Version
ISBN 0563 553480 John Shuttleworth Radio Shuttleworth(2xCass) BBC Radio Collection ISBN 0563 553480 UK 2000 Sell This Version
CHIC KEN CD004 John Shuttleworth Shuttleworth Live(CD, Album) Chic Ken CHIC KEN CD004 UK 2000 Sell This Version
LAFF CD 0128 John Shuttleworth One Foot In The Gravy(2xCD) Laughing Stock LAFF CD 0128 UK 2001 Sell This Version
CHICK KENCD012 John Shuttleworth John Shuttleworth's Open Mind(2xCD, Album) Chic Ken CHICK KENCD012 UK 2007 Sell This Version
John Shuttleworth The Dolby Decades (Album) Chic Ken UK 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

LFN CDS 002 John Shuttleworth Y Reg(CD, Single) Eleven Records LFN CDS 002 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CHIC KENCD015 John Shuttleworth 4 Rather Tasty Tracks(CD, EP) Chic Ken CHIC KENCD015 UK 2007 Sell This Version
John Shuttleworth Swimming With Sharon (Single) Idea (3) UK Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

Chic Ken CD005 John Shuttleworth Blue John(CD, Album, Comp) Chic Ken Chic Ken CD005 UK 2001 Sell This Version
CD007 John Shuttleworth Radio Shuttleworth 2(2xCD, Comp) Chic Ken CD007 UK 2003 Sell This Version
CHIC KENCD010 John Shuttleworth The Shuttleworths Specials(CD, Album, Comp) Chic Ken CHIC KENCD010 UK 2005 Sell This Version

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