John G. Perry

John G. Perry (born 19 January 1947 in Auburn, New York)[1] is a British bass guitarist and singer. He was born in the US to British parents and when he was young, the family moved back to England.

John G. Perry
Birth nameJohn Gerald Perry
Born (1947-01-19) January 19, 1947
Auburn, New York, US
GenresProgressive rock
Years active1967 to present
Associated actsCaravan, Quantum Jump

Perry's first band of note was Gringo, originally called Utopia, which released an eponymous album in 1971, with future Sailor drummer Henry Marsh. A brief stint touring with Spreadeagle followed until Perry was asked to join Caravan, with whom Gringo had done a UK tour.

During his time with Caravan in 1973-74, with whom he recorded one studio album For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night (1973), and one live album Caravan and the New Symphonia (1974). He also appears on various collections of BBC radio recordings released in subsequent years.

He left Caravan to concentrate on a new band venture, Quantum Jump, led by keyboardist, vocalist and producer Rupert Hine, and consisting of musicians who had initially assembled to play together on studio sessions. The band had a belated hit with a re-release of their single The Lone Ranger.

In 1976 Perry released his first solo album entitled Sunset Wading.[2], with an all-star cast of Geoff Richardson (Caravan) on viola and flute, Rupert Hine on keyboards and production, Michael Giles on drums, Morris Pert on percussion and two members of the Italian jazz-rock band Nova. The album was well-received and moderately successful, and the same line-up recorded a follow-up album, Seabird, which was to remain unreleased for over 15 years.

During the second half of the 1970s he collaborated with Gordon Giltrap and Anthony Phillips on several studio albums, and also played on albums by Kevin Ayers and Curved Air.

In 1978 he got together with guitarist-vocalist Mick Rogers (ex-Manfred Mann's Earth Band), drummer Clive Bunker (ex-Jethro Tull/Steve Hillage) and reeds player Jack Lancaster (ex-Blodwyn Pig) to form Aviator, which released a couple of albums and toured around Europe.

In the early 1980s he toured with Sally Oldfield, and features on her 1982 live album, but then quit touring to concentrate on library music.

The first ever Wal bass guitar was produced by John Perry's friend Ian Waller to Perry's specifications.



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