John Paul Jones (musician)
John Paul Jones
Jones with a mandolin
|Birth name||John Baldwin|
|Also known as||John Paul Jones|
|Born||3 January 1946|
Sidcup, Kent, England
|Genres||Hard rock, Heavy metal, Folk rock, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, Songwriter, Arranger|
|Instruments||Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Mandolin, Cello|
|Years active||1960 – present|
|Labels||Discipline Global Mobile, Atlantic, Swan Song|
|Associated acts||Led ZeppelinThem Crooked Vultures|
John Paul Jones (born John Baldwin on 3 January 1946), in Sidcup, Kent) is an English musician and record producer, and was known for being the bassist, the keyboardist and the mandolin player for rock band Led Zeppelin.
Early Years[change | change source]
John started playing the Piano when he was six years old. His father, Joe Baldwin was his teacher. When he was 15 Jones joined his first band called The Deltas. In 1962 Jones joined a band called The Shadows. The Shadows had one hit song called Diamonds, which an artist named Jimmy Page had helped write.
Led Zeppelin[change | change source]
During his time with The Shadows Jones was seen by Jimmy Page. When Jimmy was forming his new band, Jones' wife suggested he ask Jimmy about the new band. Jimmy was very glad that Jones had asked, and the two formed a duo. Soon after singer Robert Plant and drummer John Bonham joined them forming a Quartet. At first, the group was called The New Yardbirds, but the name was soon changed to Led Zeppelin.
References[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
- John Paul Jones' Official Website
- Led Zeppelin Official Site
- JPJ Radio Interview 22 February 2002 with Chris Comer & Rob Ervin