St. Louis-born Roy St. John grew up in England, becoming a Pub Rock stalwart in the 1970s, playing in Phoenix, Billy & Leroy, Klondike Pete & the Huskies, and the Fabulous Reed Brothers. He has released albums for Virgin, Ace, Trapeze, and most recently released Flight Risk on Rollercoaster Records in 2023.
Roy, with schoolfriend John Renbourn, recorded for Denny Cordell in 1970, before the beginning of the Pub Rock scene, where he played in bands with Charlie Sinclair – bass (Kilburn & the High Roads/The Tommy Band/Davy Jones), Adrian Pietryga – guitar (John Dummer Blues Band/JoAnn Kelly), Michael Paice – sax/harmonica (Red Beans & Rice/Dana Gillespie), Geraint Watkins – keyboards (Dire Straits/Bill Wyman/Fabulous Thunderbirds/Eric Clapton.)
In 1975, Roy signed with Pink Floyd Music to co-write songs for the band Unicorn, before releasing the Melody Maker-acclaimed album Immigration Declaration (with liner notes by Roy’s friend John Peel) and the single The Way You Look Tonight, the first Virgin 45 to place on the BBC playlist.
Since then, he has released two albums as Klondike Pete & the Huskies – Some of the Fellers and Who Axed You. Roy returned to St. Louis in 1988, recording two albums as Roy St. John & the Morning Show Band during his tenure as award-winning morning show host and producer. Roy was listed as one of the ‘Fifty Best Things About St. Louis’ in St. Louis Magazine; and, with his co-host and long-time friend, the late Otis Woodard, played many benefits and won the Riverfront Times Best Radio Personality.
Roy and his wife Lindsey, returned to England in 2003, to live and paint in the West Country.
They now live in St. Louis, where Roy exhibits artwork, plays with Rocky & the Wranglers and the duo Roy & Joe, and has recorded three albums for Rollercoaster Records, based in the Cotswolds of Gloucestershire.