An English musician and record producer, John Paul Jones is widely considered as one of the most influential multi-instrumentalists in the history of rock music.
Jones is one of the most underrated musicians to date.
What is John Paul Jones famous for?
Inside Content (Biography)
– Jones is famous as the bassist and keyboardist of the legendary rock band, “Led Zeppelin”.
When was John Paul Jones born?
John Paul Jones was born on January 3, 1946, in Sidcup, Kent, England. His birth name is John Richard Baldwin.
Jones was born to Joe Baldwin(father). His father was a pianist and arranger for many big bands while his mother was also in the music business.
He learned to play the piano from his father at the age of six.
How was John Paul Jones’s Early life?
The 73 years aged Jones was raised in his hometown, Sidcup, Kent. His nationality is British and his ethnicity is white. His zodiac sign is Capricorn.
He was interested in learning music since his childhood as his family’s profession was related to music. He used to follow his father’s direction and learned to play the piano.
When he was a child, his family often used to perform together touring around England.
Jones was sent to boarding school at a very young age as his parents had to travel through different places. Jones then attended Christ’s College in Blackheath, London, where he learned music. And at the age of 14, he became choirmaster and organist at a local church.
How is John Paul Jones’s Career?
John started his professional career at the age of just 15 when he joined a band called “The Deltas”. There he started playing bass for the jazz group “Jett Blacks”.
Jones was a session musician & arranger who had to arrange 50 things monthly, complete 3 sessions a day, and also arranged music for Madeline Bell’s 1974 album “Comin’ Atcha”.
“John Paul Jones” is his stage name by which he is celebrated. Jones also played the bass for Family Dogg’s album “A Way of Life” and Roy Harper’s album “HQ” and along with his bandmate drummer Bonham, he played bass for songs Wings’ Rockestra and Back to the Egg.
Jones’ solo albums include “Screen for Help”, “The Thunderthief”, “Zooma”, and “The Sporting Life”. Jones along with other musicians formed the legendary English rock band named “Led Zeppelin” which was formed in 1968.
He was the bassist & keyboardist for the band and the other members were Robert Plant the vocalist, Jimmy Page the guitarist, and John Bonham the drummer. The band was formed after Jones met the guitarist Page.
Eventually, Jones joined the band along with Robert Plant and John Bonham which was named “Led Zeppelin”. The band started giving many hits like “Stairway to Heaven”, “Whole Lotta Love”, “Rock and Roll”, “Royal Orleans” and much more. They began to go to concerts winning over the hearts of many people.
Jones delivered his baselines for songs, “The Lemon Song”, “Ramble On”, “Black Dog” and so on. Jones and his bandmates were successful and continued going on tours which were eventually started to become stressful and tiring.
So, Jones thought about quitting the group in late 1973 since he was going into depression and wanted to spend time with his family. Thus, he left the group and promised to return back.
However, it was in 1980 when the band finally disbanded after the death of their drummer John Bonham. They started pursuing their solo careers and started achieving success on their own.
At present, the Led Zeppelin members are doing a reunion tour in different locations like Austin Texas, Greater London, and so on.
In 2009, Jones co-founded the band “Them Crooked Vultures”, with Dave Grohl and Joshua Homme, releasing a universally acclaimed album. In 2011 John toured with Seasick Steve and performed in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera Anna Nicole.
In 2016 Jones finished writing his debut opera, “The Ghost Sonata”. John performs with his computer noise duo Minibus Pimps, and with acclaimed Norwegian free improvisation group Supersilent.
Career Highlights and Awards
Jones was awarded a “Gold Badge Award” in October 2010 by the British Academy for Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. The following year he was given the “Outstanding Contribution Award” at the Marshall Classic Rock Roll of
Honor Awards. In 2014, he was ranked first among the 20 most “Underrated Bass Guitarists” on the Paste Magazine list.
He also has been ranked among the best rock bassists of all time and was named the best bassist on Creem Magazine’s 1977 Reader Poll.
How is John Paul Jones’s Personal Life?
John Paul Jones is married to Maureen Jones. The couple got married in 1967. The couple is currently residing in West London.
They are blessed with three daughters: Kierra Jones, Jacinda Jones, and Tamara Jones. His daughter Jacinda is also a musician.
They now have been together for 50 long years but they have no doubts about getting parted yet.
What is the net worth of John Paul Jones?
The legendary musician John Paul Jones is estimated to have a net worth of $90 million. He has great money from his share of the Led Zeppelin and his past earnings which sum up to a wealth of £45 million. Jones’ company JPJ Communications and the Separate Cap Three had assets worth £9 million in 2009.
How tall is John Paul Jones?
Jones has an average body build. He stands tall at a height of 5ft. 8inh.(1.73m). He has a fair complexion with blonde hair and brown eyes.
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