Jon B.

Jon B. – 2018 Soul Train Music Awards Presented by BET – Arrivals – Orleans Arena at the Orleans Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV, USA – Photo Credit: PRN /

Birth Name: Jonathan David Buck

Place of Birth: Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 11, 1974

*father – Dutch, English, Scottish
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish

Jon B. is an American R&B and soul singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is known for his singles “Pretty Girl,” “Someone to Love,” “Are U Still Down,” and “They Don’t Know.” He also co-wrote the song “Say You’ll Be There.”

He is the son of Linda and David Buck. His father is a Director of the Los Angeles Symphonic Camerata and professor of music. His mother is a concert pianist.

He has described himself as Jewish, and said, “my mother is Jewish father Dutch.” His father also has English and Scottish ancestry.

He is married to Danette Jackson, with whom he has two children.

Jon’s paternal grandfather’s surname was Buck.

Jon’s paternal grandmother’s surname was Patterson.

Jon’s maternal grandfather’s surname was Gross.

Jon’s maternal grandmother’s surname was Silverman.



Curious about ethnicity

5 Responses

  1. Oaken05 says:

    Here’s a picture of his father David Buck:

    His mother’s name is Linda Gross:

    This seems to be evidence to the claim of Jewish ancestry. If anyone can push back beyond he parents that would be great. Still intersted in the claimed Dutch ancestry.

    • Oaken05 says:

      I’m beginning to wonder if the “Dutch” might actually be Pennsylvania Dutch (German)? A total shot in the dark on my part, but it’ be interesting to see if we how far we can push back that paternal line.

  2. indo says:

    Always thought he was black and white

  3. andrew says:

    it looks better than the previous “Anglo-American” label for sure, but not enough. Source of his Dutch ancestry?

    • Oaken05 says:

      I am also curious about the source of his Dutch ancestry, because it’s not apparent from the surnames of his grandparents. I imagine that he’s more Scottish or English than he is Dutch.

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