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John Paul Jones (musician)

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John Paul Jones (musician)

English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer add

Category: Music

Born in 1946.

Countries: United Kingdom (59%), United States (34%), Turkey (2%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Page

Linked to: Foo Fighters, Alembic Inc, Heart, Iron Maiden




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John Paul Jones was born in 1946 add something


At the age of 14, Jones became choirmaster and organist at a local church and during that year, he bought his first bass guitar, a Dallas Tuxedo solid body electric followed by multiple basses in which he part exchanged until he finally bought his 1962 Fender Jazz Bass which he used until 1976 add something


Jones' big break came in 1962 when he was hired by Jet Harris and Tony Meehan of the successful British group The Shadows for a two-year stint add something


In 1964, on the recommendation of Meehan, Jones began studio session work with Decca Records add something


John met his wife, Maureen, in 1965, and they have been together ever since add something


In June 1966, Page joined The Yardbirds, and in 1967 Jones contributed to that band's "Little Games" album add something


Keith Moon - In 1966, Moon worked with Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck, session man Nicky Hopkins, and future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones to record an instrumental, "Beck's Bolero", released as a single-double later that year


From until 1968, he played on hundreds of recording sessions add something


In 1969 he returned to the studio to play bass guitar on The Family Dogg's "A Way of Life" album, in 1970 and keyboards for guitarist Peter Green on his solo album "The End of the Game" add something


However, following exhausting tours and extended periods of time away from his family, by late 1973 Jones was beginning to show signs of disillusionment add something


Jones was Madeline Bell's first choice to produce and arrange her 1974 album "Comin' Atcha" add something


After "retiring" his Fender Jazz Bass in 1975, which he had been using since his days with The Shadows in the early 1960s, Jones switched to using custom-designed Alembics while out on the road add something


He was named the best bassist on "Creem Magazine"'s 1977 Reader Poll add something


On the band's 1977 tour of the United States, Jones would sing lead vocals on "The Battle of Evermore," filling in for Sandy Denny who sang on the studio version add something


Since Led Zeppelin dissolved in 1980 with the death of Bonham, Jones has collaborated with a number of artists, including Diamanda Galás, R.E.M., Jars of Clay, Heart, Ben E. King, Peter Gabriel, Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, Cinderella, The Mission, La Fura dels Baus, Brian Eno, the Butthole Surfers and Uncle Earl add something


In 1985 Jones joined the other former members of Led Zeppelin for the Live Aid concert with both Phil Collins and Tony Thompson filling in on drums add something


In 1985, Jones was asked by director Michael Winner to provide the soundtrack for the film, "Scream for Help", with Jimmy Page appearing on two tracks add something


The former members again re-formed for the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert on 14 May 1988 add something


In 1992, he arranged the orchestration on the R.E.M. album "Automatic for the People" add something


He recorded and toured with singer Diamanda Galás on her 1994 album, "The Sporting Life" add something


In 1995 the band Heart released a live acoustic album called "The Road Home" which was produced by Jones, and on which he played several instruments add something


"Zooma", his debut solo album, was released in September 1999 on Robert Fripp's DGM label and followed up in 2001 by "The Thunderthief" add something


In 2000, "Guitar" magazine ranked him third in the "Bassist of the Millennium" readers' poll add something


As previously mentioned, Jones toured with Watkins, Glen Phillips, and the rest of Nickel Creek in late 2004 in a collaboration entitled Mutual Admiration Society add something


He has branched out as a record producer, having produced such albums as The Mission's album "Children", The Datsuns' second album "Outta Sight, Outta Mind" and Uncle Earl's "Waterloo, Tenneesee" album of Old-time music, released in March, 2007 on Rounder Records add something


In 2004, he toured as part of the group Mutual Admiration Society, along with Glen Phillips and the members of the band Nickel Creek add something


Jones performed on mandolin with the all-female bluegrass group Uncle Earl, whose album he had produced in 2007 add something


In May 2007, he accompanied Robyn Hitchcock and Ruby Wright in performing the song "Gigolo Aunt" at a tribute for Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett in London, which he did on mandolin add something


Jones played in the Led Zeppelin reunion show at London's O2 Arena on 10 December 2007 with the other remaining members of Led Zeppelin as part of a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun add something


In 2008, Jones produced Nickel Creek singer-fiddler Sara Watkins' debut solo album add something


On 10 February 2008, John Paul Jones appeared with the Foo Fighters on the Grammy awards conducting the orchestral part to the song "The Pretender" add something


On 7 June 2008, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page appeared with the Foo Fighters to close out the band's concert at Wembley Stadium add something


According to "The Sunday Times" Rich List Jones' assets are worth £40 million as of 2009 add something


The trio played their first show together on 9 August 2009 at the Metro in Chicago, and their first album" "was released on 17 November 2009 add something


On 10 November 2010, he was honoured with the "Outstanding Contribution award" at the Marshall "Classic Rock" Roll Of Honour awards add something


In February and March 2011 he appeared in the onstage band in Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera "Anna Nicole", about the "Playboy" model Anna Nicole Smith, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London add something


In August 2011, he appeared at Reading and Leeds Festivals to play alongside Seasick Steve add something


On 16 September 2012, Jones appeared at the Sunflower Jam charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, performing alongside guitarist add something


In November 2012, Jones toured the UK with the Norwegian avant-garde/improvisational band Supersilent add something


On 6 December 2012, Jones performed on bass, guitar and mandolin with Robyn Hitchcock as 'Biscotti' at Cecil Sharp House, London add something


Brian May - On 16 September 2012, May appeared at the Sunflower Jam charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall, performing alongside bassist John Paul Jones , drummer Ian Paice , and vocalists Bruce Dickinson and Alice Cooper


On May 1, 2013, Jones appeared with Seasick Steve at a concert at the Roundhouse in Camden, London add something


On Saturday June 29, 2013, Jones played guitar whilst appearing with Rokia Traore, who opened the Pyramid Stage that morning at Glastonbury 2013 add something


During November 2013, JPJ joined a seven-day tour of the Southeast playing mandolin with the Dave Rawlings Machine add something


During November 2013, Jones was touring the Southeast playing mandolin with the Dave Rawlings Machine add something


In 2014, Jones ranked first in The "20 Most Underrated Bass Guitarists" in "Paste" magazine add something


On 5 and 6 September 2015, he, along with Roger Taylor joined Foo Fighters on stage in Milton Keynes to perform a cover of Queen's Under Pressure with Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl filling in on the vocal duties add something