Jonathan King (born Kenneth George King; 6 December 1944) is an English singer-songwriter, record producer, music entrepreneur, and former TV and radio presenter.
King entered the music industry with his 1965 single “Everyone’s Gone to the Moon”, which reached no 4 in the UK and no 17 in the USA. He followed this with more record releases of which several made the UK Singles Chart Top 10 in the 1960s and 1970s.
King also produced other acts. He discovered and named Genesis. He produced the Bay City Rollers’ first hit. He started the record label UK Records in 1972. An early signing was 10cc whom he named and who released their product with the label. In the 1980s King increased his media work and appeared as a presenter of British television programmes including Entertainment USA.
King was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2001 for sexually abusing five boys, aged 14 and 15, in the 1980s.
King was born in London of an American-born father and English-born mother. His father, a company managing director, died when King was nine. The family had moved to Surrey, and King and his two brothers, James and Anthony, were raised in the village of Ewhurst near Dorking. He attended Stoke House boarding school in Seaford, East Sussex, and later Charterhouse, in Godalming, Surrey, both private schools.
On a trip around the world before starting university, King met the manager of The Beatles, Brian Epstein in Hawaii. He was encouraged by Epstein to pursue a career in the music industry. King studied at Trinity College, Cambridge