Related Information for Johnny LionJohnny Lion (real name: John van Leeuwarden, born The Hague, The Netherlands, 4 July 1941) is a Dutch singer and actor, who in the early 1960s was regarded as the Dutch equivalent of Cliff Richard.Johnny Lion rose to fame as the frontman of Johnny & The Jewels (later: The Jumping Jewels, a guitar group heavily influenced by The Shadows, with Lion as their ‘Cliff’.Lion left the band in 1965 and had smash solo hit in Holland with Sophietje that same year. read more