Simon Harry Piers Jeffes (19 February 1949 – 11 December 1997) was an English classically-trained guitarist, composer and arranger. He formed, and was the primary performer of, the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. He was the composer of the ballet Still Life at the Penguin Cafe.

Simon Jeffes
Born
Simon Harry Piers Jeffes

19 February 1949
Crawley, Sussex, England
Died11 December 1997 (aged 48)
Taunton, Somerset, England
OccupationMusician
Known forFounder of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra

He is also known for assisting Sex Pistols producer Bill Price with the string arrangement for the Sid Vicious version of “My Way” which reached #7 on the UK singles charts as part of The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle soundtrack.[1]

Jeffes was born at the Montalan Nursing Home, Crawley, Sussex, on 19 February 1949, the son of James Henry Elliston Jeffes, a research chemist, and his wife, Anne Hope Madeline Jeffes (née Clutterbuck).[2]

Jeffes died of an inoperable brain tumor on 11 December 1997 in Taunton, leading to the dissolution of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra.[3]

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  1. ^ "Obituary: Simon Jeffes". The Independent. 18 December 1997. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Jeffes, Simon Harry Piers". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  3. ^ Sandall, Robert. "Simon Jeffes". Archived from the original on 28 April 2018.

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