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Jilted John

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Biography

With its simple melodies and endearing silliness, Jilted John's song of the same name became one of the U.K.'s most popular punk/new wave novelty singles. Written and sung by actor Graham Fellows, "Jilted John" tells the story of an awkward teenager whose girlfriend Julie leaves him for Gordon, a better-looking guy with more money; John spends much of the song in a tantrum flinging insults at the pair ("Gordon is a moron!," etc.). When Manchester indie label Rabid released the song in 1978, demand was so overwhelming that EMI stepped in to handle its distribution. Fellows appeared on several television programs as the Jilted John character, which helped send the single to number four on the U.K. charts. "Jilted John" was followed by an album, True Love Stories, which failed to duplicate the success of its predecessor. Fellows returned to his acting career, which included a stint on the British soap Coronation Street and a biographical play about John Lennon.