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John Parr

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Biography

Singer/guitarist John Parr can't exactly be declared a one-hit wonder, since he scored two hit singles in the '80s, but he seems to have been all but forgotten over time. Parr's self-titled 1984 debut spawned a modest hit with "Naughty Naughty," a track that possessed a rock edge but managed to be melodic at the same time (almost identical to the same formula that such other '80s rock bands as Bon Jovi and Poison would soon ride to the top of the charts). But Parr's biggest hit was just around the corner -- "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)," the theme song from the 1985 movie St. Elmo's Fire (which starred such '80s heartthrobs as Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez). But just as it appeared as though Parr may be connecting with a large mainstream audience, the hits suddenly dried up. That all changed in 2011 when Parr reworked the lyrics to his biggest hit and released the NFL quarterback-inspired parody "Tim Tebow's Fire," which earned over a million views when it was uploaded to video-sharing sites. A year later he released The Mission, an album with proceeds going to the USO, USA Cares, and other charities that help military families. ~ Greg Prato

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Birth Name:

John Parr

Born:

18 November 1954 in Nottingham, England

Genre
Years Active:

'70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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