John London

John London

John Carl Kuehne (6 February 1942 - 12 February 2000), better known as John London, was an American musician and songwriter, and was involved in several Hollywood television and movie productions. He was most notably associated with both the band "The Monkees", and their 1960s television series.

A friend of Michael Nesmith's from Texas, who had played with him (mostly bass guitar) in several working bands, he accompanied Nesmith and then-wife Phyllis Barbour to California, to try their luck in the Los Angeles-area music scene. When Nesmith was cast in "The Monkees", he recruited London as his stand-in on the set, and when the originally-fictitious band began playing on their own recordings, London sometimes served as bassist, allowing Peter Tork to play keyboards, banjo, or another instrument. London also co-wrote "Don't Call On Me" with Nesmith, which was featured on "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones, Ltd." and a second-season TV episode, and appeared in bit parts on the show.

London also played bass for other L.A.-based bands. In late 1969, he and Nesmith, who had decided to leave the Monkees, formed a new group with pedal steel guitar ace Red Rhodes and drummer John Ware. Calling themselves the First National Band, the group signed with RCA Records. While praised for their country rock innovations, the band had little commercial success, and eventually broke up.

Years after the Monkees and the First National Band, London served as key grip on several different productions, including "48 Hrs.", "Who Will Love My Children?", "The Karate Kid", "Long Time Gone", and "Hudson Hawk".

He died in Rockport, Texas in 2000, aged 58.

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