Jilted John was a character invented by Graham Fellows, a 19-year-old from Sheffield, while he was studying at drama school in Manchester in 1977.
He enjoyed a one-hit wonder in August 1978 with a song also titled Jilted John (but which everyone knows as “Gordon is a moron”, thanks to the oft-repeated phrase in the song).
An album followed, True Love Stories, but after college Fellows moved into repertory, TV and radio work.
In 1986 Fellows created the character of John Shuttleworth, an aspiring singer-songwriter from Sheffield, with a quiet manner and slightly nerdish tendencies. He released a number of albums and singles as John Shuttleworth.