Spencer P. Jones, at one time guitarist for The Johnnys, Beasts of Bourbon and Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls, has lost his battle with cancer.
Spencer was born in Auckland, New Zealand and moved to Australia in 1976 were he played in a number of bands before forming The Johnnys in 1983.
The Johnnys cracked the Australian charts in 1985 with Injun Joe. It was produced by Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool, Mondo Rock).
In 1983, Spencer had the sideproject Beasts of Bourbon with Tex Perkins, Kim Salmon and James Baker.
Spencer also spent time in 1985 touring with Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls.
Spencer P. Jones was also associated with Chris Bailey, Maurice Frawley and Sacred Cowboys. In 2012 he released Spencer P. Jones and the Nothing Butts through Shock Records and in 2013 ‘Runaways’ with Kim Salmon.
X frontman Steve Lucas posted:
“Very sad to hear Spencer P Jones has ‘left the building’… He was a nice guy, and I mean that in a big way. He was a brilliant guitarist. He was a gifted song writer and for awhile an honorary member of X.
We raised some hell for a while… Condolences to his loved ones, family, friends and fans. My god he held on to life. Tenacious…
I don’t know what to say anymore. So many gone now. So very sad. I intend to tie one on in his honor.
RIP. Spencer. Guess I’ll catch up sooner or later, myself.
Just thinking about the old days. The Johnnys were such a great band. The knew how to put on a show and have a ducking good time. Some of my favourite gigs ever were served up by that unruly mob. Strength to strength until weakness takes us at the last. Damn it. Whisky time.