John, a cousin of round-the-world yachtsman, Sir Francis Chichester, previously played lead guitar in Gold (1968) then the Bradford band, Siren, prior to guitar and vocals in Crew.
The original Siren 6-piece consisted of: Kevin Coyne (vocals, harmonica), Dave Clague (bass), Nick Cudworth (piano), John Chichester (lead guitar), Dave Gibbons (guitar) and Tat Meager (drums).
From left to right: Tat Meager - David Gibbons - Kevin Coyne - Dave Clague - Nick Cudworth - John Chichester.
The band recorded the 13-track album 'Siren', released on John Peel's Dandelion label in 1969.
Dave Clague's DJC Records released the 2005 CD, Ruffstuff, by the original 1969 Siren.
John played lead guitar on tracks: 1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 18.
John worked for Greg Lake, of ELP, as guitar tech/back-line equipment manager, for several memorable years, and then a successful stint with Chris Squire of Yes.
October 2015, John will have lived in the U.S.A. for 40 years… 18 of those in New York City where he worked at Christie's.
He now lives now in Ulster Park, NY in the Hudson Valley ... home of The Headless Horseman Hayride.
John, who played a Gibson les Paul Goldtop in Crew, still has a closet full of guitars that he doesn't play as often as he should, listens to a lot of music but has arthritis in several fingers, which doesn't do much for his fretboard chops!
Divorced with a son, Nigel, who has autism, he is happily ‘retired’ and drives a school bus, which he loves.
That writ… John is still a ‘rock and roller’ ... and always will be!