Jon Stevens Profile

Murray Cammick
17 Apr 2014

Jon Stevens got his start in the music business at the age of 15, working alongside his sister at the EMI vinyl pressing plant in Wellington.

He was the youngest of 11 children born to a Māori mother and a Scottish father who had jumped ship in 1946. In 1978, his sister and her friend talked him into entering a talent quest at Quinn’s Post Tavern, Upper Hutt, which he won on the night with Renee Geyer’s ‘Heading In The Right Direction’. Jon’s older brother (by 13 years) Frankie Stevens was already successful on the cabaret circuit in London and Las Vegas and Jon won the final with one of his brother’s songs.

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Jon Stevens with INXS
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Cover of the self-titled second album recorded in Los Angeles in 1982. Designed by Robert Butcher with photography by Moshe Brakha.
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Jon Stevens - Montego Bay
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Jon Stevens - Jezebel
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The cover of the 1981 Big Time re-release of Jezebel in Australia
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Noiseworks with Jon Stevens
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Fly - from the 2013 Disney movie Planes
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Jon Stevens in the 2000s
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Sharon O'Neill, CBS boss John McCready, Jon Stevens, CBS staffer Gaynor Crawford
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Jon Stevens - Testify - his cover version of the 1967 single by The Parliaments (2011)
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The New Zealand pop star - Jon Stevens in the late 70s
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Noiseworks - No Lies (1986)
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The Jon Stevens Story
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The Dead Daisies - It's Gonna Take Time
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The Peter Burt/Dale Wrightson designed sleeve for Jon's debut album released in February 1980. Jon was just 18 when photographed by Des Williams for the cover.
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The Dead Daisies - Washington
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CBS


Universal


Big Time