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Jonathan Peter Sharp (20 February 1964 – 29 May 2009), better known by the pseudonym Jonny Dollar, was an English record producer and songwriter.

Jonny Dollar
Birth nameJonathan Peter Sharp
Born(1964-02-20)20 February 1964
Westminster, London, England
Died29 May 2009(2009-05-29) (aged 45)
Chelsea, London, England
GenresTrip hop, pop
Occupation(s)Record producer, programmer, songwriter, guitarist

Born in Westminster, London, England, Dollar is best known for his work on the Bristol collective Massive Attack's first album Blue Lines, on which he co-wrote the single "Unfinished Sympathy", and credited as one of the main architects of the trip hop genre. Amongst other works he produced Neneh Cherry's albums, Raw Like Sushi, Homebrew and Man, Gabrielle's third album Rise, and early remixes for Portishead; he also co-wrote the anti-racism song "7 Seconds" featuring Youssou N'dour and Kylie Minogue's "Confide In Me".[1][2]

Later works include Natty's "Man Like I" and Eliza Doolittle's debut album of the same name. His father was the Australian film director, Don Sharp.


In August 2008, Dollar was diagnosed with cancer, and died the following May at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea London.[1] He died age 45 leaving behind a family of four children aged 15, 10 and two 6 year old twins, and a wife of 16 years.


  1. ^ a b Pierre Perrone (18 June 2009). "Jonny Dollar: Musician and producer whose work with Massive Attack pioneered the genre of trip hop". The Independent.
  2. ^ Caroline Sullivan (19 June 2009). "Jonny Dollar: Inventive producer and the main architect of the trip-hop genre". The Guardian.