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Rarities

With the exception of the CD release of 'Twice Around The Houses' and 'Wait 'Til They Change The Backdrop' none of Jonathan's back catalogue is easy to find, but with a little searching both the original releases of these albums plus his last two albums 'Two Days In Winter' and 'Waiting on you' can be found at record fairs or via online auction sites such as Ebay. Therefore this page will concentrate on truly very difficult and hard to find items. At the bottom of the page I have added a lost songs section as well as a cover version section

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This single released on the Target Label in Ireland featured an early song written by Jonathan especially for the band. It is now very rare and the photo opposite is Jonathan's personal copy. Jonathan also wrote tracks for other artists around 1967-68 including a song featured on 'Johnny McEvoy's Christmas EP'.

 

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Courtesy of Thomas McLoughlin

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This is certainly one of the most difficult of Jonathan's singles to find and be prepared to get your wallet out, because it is not only sought after by Jonathan Kelly collectors but also by fans of Eric Clapton because he played guitar on this track. It is backed with the Song 'Billy' which has never appeared anywhere except on this single making it even more collectable to JK fans

 

This is Jonathan's first LP and it is the hardest and rarest of all his LP releases, not only did it not sell as well as his later releases but it has the added attraction of including the A side of the single above, namely the track 'Don't you believe it' on which Eric Clapton guests on guitar, so many copies are in the hands of Clapton collectors.

 

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Like 'Madeleine', 'Let the People Stay' is one of the more common JK singles to turn up at Record Fairs, both the A side and the B side 'Mother Moon' were tracks that Jonathan sometimes sang in concert at the time but was never included on any album making them well worth tracking down.

 

This marks the last single release by Jonathan and neither of these tracks have appeared on albums The A side 'Waiting On You' was backed with the track 'Outside' being the name of Jonathan's band. Sadly it sold poorly and is very hard to find. This scan is of Jonathan's personal copy.

 

This is Jonathan's first single released in 1966 under the name of the Boomerangs, it is also very rare and hard to find.

The A side is 'Dream World' backed with 'Upgraded' Next to it is a newly discovered Very Rare Advance copy

 

Here are both the original Ireland and British releases of the first single to appear under Jonathan's own name, he did not change his name from Ledingham to Kelly until the late sixties.

The A side was 'Without An E' and the B side 'She's Got Me'

 

Jonathan's next single was also released under his own name, sadly as it was not a major hit these are also very rare and sought after by collectors. The A side was 'Love Is A Toy' backed with 'Thank You Mrs. Gilbert' A brilliant antiwar song. Please note: Mrs. Gilbert is a different recording to the version featured on Jonathan’s self titled first album!

Jonathan's next single was released under the name of Humpy Bong, The A side was titled: 'Don't You Be Too Long'and the B side was 'We're Alright 'Til Then', the A side would later appear on Jonathan's first LP but there would be a wait of two years for the B side to finally reappear on the 'Twice Around The Houses' LP, but both of these tracks were completely different versions to the ones that appeared on albums, with Tim Staffell taking over the vocal duties from Jonathan on this single..

This Is Jonathan's first single under his new name of Jonathan Kelly, produced by Colin Petersen who was formally a member of the 'Bee Gees'. From now on all writing credits would say Kelly and not Ledingham.

Pictoured is the British release alongside the super rare Demo version of the 'Denver' single. It came in a picture sleeve as did some of his other singles. Also pictured is the recently acquired this rare Dutch release colour picture cover Single for Denver

Jonathan's next release was 'Make A Stranger Your Friend' backed with 'Daddy Don't Take Me Fishing No More'. This is sought after because although the B side would turn up on Jonathan's first LP, the A side is unavailable except on this single. Pictured is the very rare Demo Version. Beside it an even rarer picture cover single

The single 'Madeleine' backed with 'Sligo Fair' were two tracks taken from Jonathan's most famous album 'Twice Around The Houses' The 'Madeleine' single although hard to find is one of the more common singles to turn up at Record Fairs, however this Demo version will be much harder to come across.

This Portuguese picture cover version is very rare.

 

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Above are 8 track cassette releases of the albums ‘Twice Around The houses’ & ‘Wait Till They Change The Backdrop’

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The German Cassette version of ‘Twice Around The Houses’ were there any British Cassette Releases?

Jonathan Kelly Acetates

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This is a scan of the Label of a CBS acetate of the single ‘Another Man’s Wife’ which is not in the collection but is part of a private collection.

This is a very special rare item which I purchased from Ebay and which cost me nearly an arm and a leg to obtain it for the JK archive this is the single sided Acetate for the track another man's wife from Jonathan's first album on Parlophone. It is from IBC studios in London where the entire album was recorded. This is a mono mix of the track.

 

Acetate of the album by Jonathan Kelly’s Outside ‘Waiting On You’ Recently purchased from Ebay & next to it the super rare acetate of the track ‘Another Man's wife’, this time a double sided acetate with Robin Gibb on the B side, it is a mystery as to why it is on the CBS label.

 

 

This Acetate is for an unreleased Jonathan Kelly song called ‘Wild Horses’ This is a very rare item, unfortunately the acetate is rather worn and therefore not great quality. This is a song Jonathan would often perform in concert but which never made it onto an album.

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Above are both sides of a rare double sided acetate containing rare and different versions of ‘I Used To Know You’ and ‘Rock You To Sleep’ This acetate was discover by Tom Gilboy who has now been kind enough to sell it to me

Jonathan Kelly Related Records

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JULIA a cover version which appeared on the B.Side of "Lord Of The Dance" by the Irish band McAnnix 1973

 

This is the Johnny McEvoy Christmas EP which features Jonathan's Christmas song "The Bells On Christmas Eve and is a very hard to find item.

Supplied by Tom Gilboy

 

The hard to find cover version of Jonathan's famous song ‘Don’t You Believe it’ by the group ‘CHOPPER’

 

Rare Acetate test pressing for the Single Denver, often these test pressings feature different versions of a song or different mixes however unfortunately this appears to be the same as the official realse, neverless it is a great raeity in it’s own right and I’m pleased to have added it to the collection

Recent Finds

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LOVE IS A TOY advance Pye copy recently came up for auction on Ebay

 

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The hard to find cover version of Julia by ‘Shades of McMurragh’ released on the Dolphin label

Also hard to find, the Transatlantic records release of the ‘Johnstons’ version of Jonathan’s song “Walking Out On Foggy Mornings which Jonathan never recorded himself!

Lost Songs

Like most artists Jonathan wrote many more songs than were included on his albums, he would often perform these in concert, due to the loss of many of his TV and Radio appearances it is not known how many of these songs are now lost, but some have survived, a few from radio performances but many just from bootleg recordings, below I have listed the songs that I know exist and the quality of the recording.

 

Song Title:                                 Date of live Recording Recording                                                   Quality

The Old Day Maker (with Band)                      1972                                                                             Very Good

The Old Day Maker (Solo)                               1972                                                                             Very Good

Dedications To Mary Unlimited (With Band)  1972                                                                             Very Good

'Note" both the above band tracks come from a BBC in concert show which he shared billing with Julie Felix

Guru Rakan                                                       1971                                                                               Excellent

The Dreamer                                                      1971                                                                              Excellent

'Note' both these performances come from a mixing desk recording made at the Shakespeare's Head in London which also includes a great version by Jonathan of All Along The Watchtower

Babylon August                                                 1971                                                                               Good

'Note' Recorded by Graham Bates with a cassette recorder at the Turville Folk Club

Feel Good                                                          1972?                                                                            Excellent

'Note' this is not the correct title, which is unknown, it comes from a recording made for BBC radio Sheffield

If you have any unrecorded JK compositions, live recordings or anything to add to the archive, please get in touch!

Grateful thanks go to all those who helped with the compilation of this discography, Jonathan Kelly and Christophe Simplex whose personal copies are listed above.

Cover Versions

Below is a list of known cover versions of Jonathan's compositions which have been recorded by various artists It has been compiled by Eddie Kelly to whom I am very grateful

 

THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS EVE (1967) Johnny McEvoy (track on EP 'About This Time') Target NEP 24290

CHILDREN OF THE STREETS (1968) Johnny McEvoy (track on LP 'With An Eye To Your Ear') Target NPL 18264

JULIA (1968) The Johnstons (track on LP 'Give A Damn') Transatlantic TRA 184

WALKING OUT ON FOGGY MORNINGS (1968) The Johnstons (track on LP 'Give A Damn') Transatlantic TRA 184

LA LA SONG (1968) The Greenbeats Target 7N 17463

MEET MY LORD (1969) The New Seekers Philips BF 1821

DON'T YOU BELIEVE IT (1971) Chopper United artists UP 35286

JULIA (1972) Shades of MacMurrough Dolphin DOS 94

I USED TO KNOW YOU Jim McCann (track on LP 'McCanned') Polydor 2489 053

JULIA (1973) McAnnix Polydor 2078-029

ONLY YOUR LOVE (1976) The Tymes RCA 2658

SLIGO FAIR (1987) Heritage (track on LP 'Celtic Mystery') Raglan RGLP 5

 

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