John Parr









John Parr

was born on November 18, 1954 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. He had two hits in the 1980's which was what gained him success. John first began his music career when he was 12 years old. He formed a band with two other school mates and they called their group, The Silence. They gained considerable success and eventually became professional performers and started touring Europe. After John left the group, he joined the group called Ponders End. This group was considered the best live act around, in Newcastle, as was Dire Straits. They never did release any music because they did not acquire a record deal so the band eventually ended. John Parr went on with his life by getting a publishing deal with Carlin Music in 1993 and that same year Meat Loaf asked him to write some songs for him, for his new album. In 1984, Parr made his first trip to America after he had met John Wolfe, the manager for the group, The Who. Wolfe knew The Who had about went their limit as far as fame and he was looking for new talent and Parr seemed to be just what he was looking for. John worked with Meatloaf on Bad Attitude while Wolfe was getting John’s solo Atlantic recording deal in New York.

John’s first top 40 hit was, Naughty Naughty. His song got to the top 3 positions ion all of the rock radio stations in America for about 6 weeks. Parr formed a band called The Business, and was on the road in 1985 supporting Toto. By the end of the tour John received a call from one of the world’s most successful producers, David foster. He wanted John to record a song for the film, St. Elmo’s Fire. John and David wrote a song in honor of Rick Hansen, a wheelchair athlete and activist. The song was called, St. Elmo’s Fire Man In Motion, and it became the theme for the movie. The song was a number one hit for Parr and he received many awards for it, as well as an Emmy Award nomination. John regained temporary success in 2006 when he released a dance remix of St. Elmo’s Fire called New Horizon. It reached number 43 in the U. K. Singles Chart.

After a while John faded out but still wrote and recorded with no real success. In 2007 he released Walking Out of the Darkness which was a tribute to Doncaster Rovers. The albums released by John Par were between 1984 and 1996. They were John Parr (1984), Running the Endless Mile (1986), Man With A Vision (1992), Under Parr (1996).