Singer / Songwriter
: 24 November 1937 Newbury Berkshire.
Education: St Bartholomew's Grammar School Newbury, Trinity College
Oxford. MA Modern Languages.
set South Africa alight in the sixties with his “Ag Pleez Deddy”
and was then banished from South Africa
for ridiculing apartheid. After two years on the West End stage in Wait
A Minim, a South African musical revue, he became a leading entertainer on the British folk circuit with
songs like “Jobsworth”, “Red Velvet Steering Wheel Cover Driver” and “Prawns in the Game”.
of Ground” was recorded in the USA
by Miriam Makeba. With John Wells he wrote songs for the West End musical satire Mrs.
Wilson's Diary, was for two years Spike Milligan's stage
partner in For One Week Only, wrote a Latin lyric (“O Caritas”)
for Cat Stevens, made frequent concert appearances with Donald Swann and Sidney
Carter and performed his own one-man show at Soho's Boulevard Theatre. TV series included Granada's At
Last Its Friday with Richard Stilgoe, Diana Quick and Keith Dewhurst, Psssst!
which included Julie Covington, Jean Hart and Kenny Lynch, and Songs
From The Two Brewers in which he hosted stars from the folk world including The Dubliners, Ralph McTell and Pentangle.
he had his own series on BBC2 with Telephone Bill and the Smooth Operators.
of government in 1979 led to his re-admittance to South Africa and from
1980 to 1994 he chronicled his life in Broederstroom, a farming area of the Transvaal, in
a series of tales which were gradually woven into his one-man stage shows. These included Back
In Town, Go For The Gap, Jeremy
Taylor Stuff, Jeremy Taylor Entertains, An Evening With Jeremy Taylor and Broederstroom
acted in Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood, Robert Hewett's Gulls
( two awards), The Fire Raisers by Max Frisch, Aladdin
in pantomime and The Earl And The Pussycat by Harold Brooke and Kate
Bannerman. In 1991 he narrated Peter And The Wolf and Carnival
Of The Animals on stage with the SA National Orchestra. He has made fifteen solo albums, five shared
albums, ten singles, four EP's, three CD's and one 78, released in Johannesburg on the african 'Bush' label New Era in 1962
and featuring his 'Kwela'-style song 'Tsotsi Style'.
years he was the television face of South Africa's
highest-selling brand of tea. He published the book Ag Pleez Deddy- Songs and Reflexions
in 1992 and in 1994 returned to the UK.
He has settled with his wife in Mid -Wales
and continues to entertain widely in folk clubs. He also lectures in schools on the subject of South
Africa and in 2000-2001 was Artist in Residence at Wellington
College, Crowthorne. He has also co-produced a new album of songs and
poems by Sidney Carter for Stainer & Bell entitled Lord
Of The Dance.