Long John Baldry

John William "Long John" Baldry (12 January 1941 – 21 July 2005) was an English-Canadian blues singer, musician and voice actor. In the 1960s, he was one of the first British vocalists to sing the blues in clubs and shared the stage with many British musicians including the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Before achieving stardom, Rod Stewart and Elton John were members of bands led by Baldry. He enjoyed pop success in 1967 when "Let the Heartaches Begin" reached No. 1 in the UK, and in Australia where his duet with Kathi McDonald "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" reached No. 2 in 1980.

Long John Baldry
Baldry in 1972
Background information
Birth nameJohn William Baldry
Born(1941-01-12)12 January 1941
East Haddon, Northamptonshire, England
Died21 July 2005(2005-07-21) (aged 64)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresBlues, blues rock, folk rock
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • musician
  • voice actor
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1957–2004
LabelsDecca, United Artists Records, Pye Records, Warner, GM Records, ABC Records, Casablanca Records, Atlantic Records, EMI, Music Line Records, Stony Plain Records, Hypertension Music
Associated actsBlues Incorporated,
R&B All Stars, Hoochie Coochie Men, Steampacket, Bluesology, Elton John, Rod Stewart

Baldry lived in Canada from the late 1970s until his death. He continued to make records there, and do voiceover work. Two of his best-known voice roles were as Dr. Ivo Robotnik in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, and as KOMPLEX in Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars.