Singer and music lover, Jason calls Lighthouse Lodge home.
Jason’s musical career has been star-studded, filled with travel, the theatre and even royals. He now calls Lighthouse Lodge home and brings his musical tales and charisma with him.
Jason was born in London but spent most of his life in Australia making hit records. He performed in a harmony duo, sang cabaret, toured on cruise ships and with theatre companies and even had his own television and radio show whilst living abroad.
In his early years, Jason joined the RAF and was posted to St Athens in Cardiff, where he performed in shows and was a favourite among those who were stationed with him. Whilst there he was in a harmony duo called Johnnie.
Two became three when the glamorous June Taylor joined the two and later married Johnnie from the duo now called Johnnie and Duggie Dean. They took cabaret bookings as well as toured American Air Force bases all around the UK. Now under the name of Duggie Dean, he was immediately booked for a season at the prestigious London Mayfair Hotel where he performed cabaret. His next 18 months were spent touring the UK with appearances in big productions with artists such as Roy Castle, The Kay Sisters, Danny Williams, The Patten Brother.
Jason then joined the cast of ‘A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum’ with David King and then Roy Hudd – then it was straight back into cabaret!
After a chance meeting with Count Basie, Jason was asked to top the bill on the P&O Empress Cruise Liner and he was accompanied by the Eric Winstone Orchestra.
On one memorable cruise, he met Prince Rainer and Prince Albert whom asked for his autograph! He then sang ‘True Love’ with Grace Kelly, from her film with Bing Crosby.
Cruises to Australia were Jason’s favourite part of his career. It was during this time that he was invited to appear on the TV talent competition ‘New Faces’ whilst docked, representing both Sydney and Melbourne respectively within the same series, winning a place in the final for both!
Opportunities came flooding in after his appearances and he started performing throughout the Federal Hotel Circuit the NO 1 hotel chain in Australia.
Following this, Jason released his first record including the powerful ballad, ‘Love Is All’ and ‘Sail Along Silv’ry Moon’, which topped the charts and was particularly well received in Tasmania.
Not being one to hang around, Jason then hosted his own weekly tv & radio show and even toured as Prince Charming in a production of Snow White which lasted many years, allowing him travelled the whole of Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.
In 2009 Jason retired from his successful career in showbusiness. A career that provided his independence and saw him travel the world many times over. When he came back to England things had changed, he found himself a little older and in need of a little more help. Everything was becoming too much and Jason found himself in and out of hospital.
“The phone call that changed my life”– Jason’s life changed for the better when he got in touch with the team at Lighthouse Lodge; Now Jason is proud to call the lodge home.
Lighthouse Lodge is located on the Wirral Peninsula, in New Brighton, overlooking the beautiful Irish Sea.