Anthony Patrick Hadley (born 2 June 1960) is an English singer-songwriter, occasional stage actor and radio presenter. He rose to fame in the 1980s as the lead singer of the New Romantic band
Spandau Ballet and launched a solo career following the group’s split in 1990. Hadley is known for his suave image, as well as his powerful voice, which has been described by AllMusic as a “dramatic warble”. Music journalist and author Dave Rimmer described his voice as “like a foghorn—if a foghorn could be imagined trying to emulate both [Frank] Sinatra and [David] Bowie“. His Spandau Ballet bandmate Steve Norman described him as having “a massive vocal range”. According to Tim Rice, Hadley has a “strong and expressive voice that few of his contemporaries came near to matching”.
The two Jons in conversation with Tony Hadley.
Probyn spent his early years in Lancashire before moving with his parents, Meg and Clive Probyn, and two sisters, to Sokoto in Nigeria. The family migrated to Australia in the early 1980s. Probyn attended Scotch College in Melbourne, before studying law at Monash University.
He worked at the Herald Sun for nine years before becoming state political reporter with the ABC in Tasmania from 2003 to 2005. He was federal political editor for The West Australian newspaper from 2005 until 2016. Probyn has twice been named Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery Journalist of the Year and was named Western Australian Journalist of the Year for 2016. He also won a Gold Quill award from the Melbourne Press Club Awards, and was a regular guest on the ABC’s Insiders program. In late 2016, Probyn joined 7.30 as its political correspondent, replacing Sabra Lane. When Chris Uhlmann left the ABC, Probyn became the public broadcaster’s political editor.
The two Jons in conversation with Andrew Probyn.
Peter Asher, CBE (born 22 June 1944) is a British guitarist, singer, manager and record producer. He came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the pop music vocal duo Peter and Gordon before going on to a successful career as a manager and record producer. As of 2018, he tours alongside Jeremy Clyde of Chad and Jeremy in a new duo entitled Peter and Jeremy, where they perform hits from both of their respective catalogs. In the early 1970s, Asher also managed the country rock band, Country, which recorded for Atlantic Records through its subsidiary Clean Records, featuring Michael Fondiler and Tom Snow, who has since become a songwriter. For a time, Asher also managed James Taylor’s sister Kate Taylor. When she decided to leave the business, she recommended him to Linda Ronstadt at which point Asher became Ronstadt’s manager. Asher achieved his greatest success producing a long string of multi-platinum albums for James Taylor, including Sweet Baby James, JT and Flag, and for Linda Ronstadt, including Heart Like a Wheel, Simple Dreams, Living in the USA, What’s New, Canciones De Mi Padre and Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind.
Asher also played a role in shaping the Californian rock sound prominent during the 1970s, producing records for Ronstadt, J. D. Souther, Andrew Gold and Bonnie Raitt. In 1976, Asher and Waller reformed for the annual New York “Beatlefest” and played a few other dates. In the 1980s, Asher also worked on hit albums for artists as diverse as Cher and 10,000 Maniacs.
The two Jons in conversation with Peter Asher, CBE
John Hardress Wilfred Lloyd CBE (born 30 September 1951) is an English television producer and writer best known for his work on comedy television programmes, including Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Blackadder and QI.
The two Jons in conversation with John Lloyd CBE