William Jellett, a music fan who was identified for attending music festivals bare throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, has died.
He was 72 years of age and is claimed to have been sick lately, in keeping with his brother Eric.
“William Jellett was born on sixth June 1948 [in] Poole, Dorset, the youngest of 4 youngsters. I’m his brother and the eldest. I’ve not seen him for fairly some time however one in all my sisters has remained in touch with him,” he mentioned when confirming the information, Loudersound experiences.
“He has all the time remained within the London space however over the previous couple of years he has not loved the very best of well being, just lately the decline was fast. Final Friday my sister phoned to inform me that at 1 o’clock that morning the eighth January 2021 William died peacefully in his sleep in a London hospital.”
Jellett can be cremated and his household need his ashes to be scattered at what they are saying was his favorite place, Speaker’s Nook at London’s Hyde Park.
Jellett, who was additionally identified by the nickname Jesus, attended a whole lot of festivals and exhibits, and appeared in plenty of live performance footage through the years. He might be seen in The Rolling Stones’ Rock And Roll Circus and was filmed at Cream’s farewell present on the Royal Albert Corridor in 1968. A few years later, he would go on to be the inspiration for the art work for the Chemical Brothers’ single ‘Give up’, which was based mostly on a 1976 photograph of him.
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Talking to NME about being impressed to bounce by The Loopy World Of Arthur Brown, he mentioned: “This man was up there dancing about […] and instantly, I simply obtained up out of my seat and began dancing like I’d by no means danced earlier than. And there are individuals taking a look at me as if to say I’m loopy.”
The music fan was additionally identified for his speeches at Speaker’s Nook, the place he would discuss in regards to the significance of music whereas highlighting the hazards of medicine. He additionally arrange a Jesus tent at Glastonbury in 1973 and claimed to be the reincarnation of the biblical determine.
Stars and music followers have paid tribute to Jellett on-line, with Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp writing: “He was at each gig I ever went to within the 70s, doing his groovy dancing and blessing us all together with his completely happy presence. We’d name his identify from the bleachers. He was validation that the artist was price seeing.”
Simply heard that ‘Jesus’ William Jellett died right this moment. He was at each gig I ever went to within the 70s, doing his groovy dancing and blessing us all together with his completely happy presence. We’d name his identify from the bleachers. He was validation that the artist was price seeing. #Jesus ? pic.twitter.com/bxvyM83NlW
— Gary Kemp (@garyjkemp) January 10, 2021
“Many recollections of ‘Jesus’ William Jellett who died this week, however a late 70s Zappa live performance at Hamm Odeon involves thoughts,” wrote @StuartPenney1. “Frank invited individuals onstage to bounce and naturally Jesus was first up and the final to depart. Frank knew him by identify and ultimately needed to inform him to go.”
Many recollections of ‘Jesus’ William Jellett who died this week, however a late 70s Zappa live performance at Hamm Odeon involves thoughts. Frank invited individuals onstage to bounce and naturally Jesus was first up and the final to depart. Frank knew him by identify and ultimately needed to inform him to go. . pic.twitter.com/Wx6IW9zC7p
— Stuart Penney (@StuartPenney1) January 10, 2021
See extra tributes beneath.
Jesus is lifeless.
He was a well-recognized determine to any London gig-goer within the final fifty-odd years, and was a fixture at The Roundhouse and The Marquee, and a legendary character who should have seen extra gigs (and danced on extra levels) than anyone else
William Jellett 1949-2021#Jesus pic.twitter.com/4w780jpcEe
— eddie duggan (@eddieduggan) January 11, 2021
Unhappy to listen to that William Jellett, higher referred to as ‘Jesus’ to these od us who went to gigs in mid 70s London, has departed this mortal coil. A stalwart on the 60s and 70s pageant scene, he appeared to be at each gig I went to. Right here he’s, finger on the heart beat at a early Pistols gig pic.twitter.com/Ubs7O7pOIc
— Gown as much as Mess Up… (@e17hero) January 10, 2021
Saddend to listen to that William Jellett, or “Jesus” as he was identified to a myriad of out of doors gig and pageant goers of the late 60’s/early 70’s knew him as, sadly handed away at 1.00am on Friday after many months of dangerous well being,he was An enormous a part of Britains gig circuit.R.I.P. “Jesus” pic.twitter.com/yalKjSHYik
— Progrokcer (@G1Gordon) January 10, 2021