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Jon signed his first record deal in 1988, as bass player/backing vocalist with white soul band The Foundation.The London-based band originally signed to Magnet Records, but when the company was bought by Warner Brothers later in the year, the project was shelved.

In 1989, Jon formed Funky Dad with keyboard player Baz Archer. They began as an instrumental quartet, playing TV and film themes in the pubs of London but later added a singer and for 10 years were active on the cabaret, pub, club and German military circuits. Jon also played in a number of originals bands, predominantly on the London pub and club circuit.

In 1993, he joined Ouch!, who had just released their first UK single, and played over 50 dates on UK support tours for The Commitments and David Essex. Ouch! were signed to London independent label Cavell Records, but were also licensed to Polydor in Germany, RPM in South Africa and Sony in Japan. In 1994, Ouch! played the Radio One and Atlantic 252 roadshows, alongside acts such as the Brand New Heavies, East 17, Right Said Fred and Eternal. In the same year, 2 singles from the Life Goes On album went to no. 1 in Japan – Can’t Stop Looking At You and You Should Know By Now. The band toured Japan, mixing promo appearances, full band gigs and cut down acoustic sessions featuring the 4-part harmony arrangements for which they were to become renowned.

In 1996, Jon co-arranged and produced Ouch!’s second album, Knock! Knock! Another Japanese hit single, It Could Have Been Me, followed and the band again toured Japan later in the year. Date On The Moon, written by Jon, was even used as the theme tune to a Japanese TV show!

Jon began writing music for film and in 1998 was commissioned to compose the score for a full-length feature, The Last Seduction II (Universal). Jon also produced and recorded the score, written predominantly for cello and guitar. During the same year, Jon completed a diploma in Sound Design & Music Technology at the London College Of Printing. In 1999 Ouch! recorded their third and final album, Medway Dog, which Jon produced on his own record label, Funky Dad.

When Ouch! split up in 2000, Jon formed a semi-acoustic trio with singer Kevin Taylor and Freestylers drummer Clive Jenner. When Clive joined Groove Armada, the act became a duo, Bulldog, and over the next 9 years was one of the busiest and most respected in the South East, with a set list of over 250 songs. Kevin and Jon also performed as John & Paul II, one of the first Beatles tribute duos in the UK and also one of the busiest. In 2009, Kev was replaced by Son Pascal, an Italian singer already well known in his native country and later to become a superstar in his adopted Kazakstan.

Later that year, Jon emigrated and settled in Melbourne. He met singer/songwriter Mandy Meadows and joined her band The Madness Method. Over the next 3 years, the band became one of the most prominent on a thriving Melbourne ska scene and released two CDs, Better Without You and Dirty Money.

In 2011, Jon was recruited by Italian businessman Peter Valentino to play in his ska big band, Strada9. At its largest, the band boasted three singers, a rapper, 3 brass players, keyboards, guitar, bass and drums and was for a short time fronted by Riv, before she was whisked off to fame via X-Factor.

In October 2016, Jon returned to Europe to play the British Pop Invasion tour, which played 34 dates across Holland.

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Jon Mellor on Bass