Sonny Worthing

Sonny Worthing is an English singer-songwriter who released the album Teenage Dream on Transatlantic Records in 1977. He recorded earlier as Jo Kennett in the pop-psych duo Jon Plum.

Jon Plum

Worthing was born Jonathan Edward Kennett. He first performed as Jo Kennett in the pop-psych duo Jon Plum with Dave Plummer. They signed with Snb, the short-lived label of ex-Yardbirds manager Simon Napier-Bell. The deal generated two 1969 singles of Kennett–Plummer originals, produced by Ray Singer:

Also in 1969, the pair recorded as the Annie Rocket Band on the Jay Boy single “A Little Smile On Christmas Morning” (b/w “Apology For Living”). For that venture, Kennett took the pseudonym George Craig and co-wrote the single with Kenny Edwards (Roderick Falconer, Chi Coltrane, Andrew Gold, Linda Ronstadt).

In 1970, Kennett and blues musician Mike Cooper co-produced the Metronome/Beacon single “Speakin’ My Mind” (b/w “Whitchi Tai To”) by Taiconderoga, which featured short-term Gentle Giant drummer Malcolm Mortimer. During the mid-’70s, he produced pop singles by the German duo Mac & Katie Kissoon, Norwegian singer Hans Petter Hansen, and Dutch group Jen Rog.

Sonny Worthing

Kennett adopted the name Sonny Worthing for two 1976 singles on Transatlantic Records:

  • “La Belle France” / “Round And Round” — Co-written by Nigel Winner (a) and D. Cottam (b). Produced by Andy Cowan-Martin (Pure Gold, Bad Manners).
  • “Head Over Heels” / “Free My Soul” — Both Kennett originals, co-produced by Tony Platt (Aswad, Meal Ticket, Iron Maiden, Samson).

As Worthing, he amassed a batch of originals for a full-length album.


  • Teenage Dream (1977)


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