Jeff St John

From an early age, Jeff refused to see Spina Bifida as a disability or use it as an excuse to prevent him achieving his goals. Of course, many things were beyond his control and with his mobility deteriorating in early 1965; he had no option but to exchange his leg calipers for crutches. This setback did little to deter him and he soon joined his first band, The Syndicate. With Jeffrey fronting the band, they quickly evolved, via The Wild Oats, into The Id and at the same time, Jeffrey adopted the stage name Jeff St John.

On record, they are best remembered for their scorching, brass-laden smash single ‘Big Time Operator’ and album of the same name.  At the peak of their popularity, musical indifferences caused Jeff and the band to split. Soon afterwards, he underwent a series of complicated operations that resulted in loss of mobility and him becoming wheelchair-bound. Undeterred, he soon returned to live performance and transformed what many saw as a ‘liability’ into his own trademark, executing ‘wheelies’ and ‘pirouettes’ across the stage as he sang. Jeff recalled, “with crutches, your hands are always full. The wheelchair allowed me to move around onstage and be self-sufficient.”

In 1975, he became the first Australian artist to sign with US record label Asylum, whose artists at the time included The Eagles, Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt. He continued to record and perform live throughout the late 70s and into the early 80s, but in 1983, at the age of 37, he announced his retirement from the music scene.

In 1984, he joined forces with The Royal North Shore Hospital as a lecturer for their ‘Awareness and Prevention of Spinal Injuries Program’, where he used his celebrity status to focus as much media attention as possible on this worthy cause.

In 2000, music promoter Michael Chugg invited him to sing the national anthem at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony in Sydney. Shortly after he returned to live performance but failing health caused him to retire again in 2011.

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    A true Aussie music legend! An inspirational and uplifting story of willpower, passion, rock’n’roll, hit singles, fame, drugs, séances, broken marriages, self doubt, attempted suicide, triumph and finally, true love… The Inside Outsider, as told by Jeffrey St John.


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