John Paul Jones, Manchester, TN, Jun. 17, 2007
John Paul Jones, Jun. 17, 2007, Bonnaroo 2007, This Tent, Manchester, Tennessee
Vital Stats
Birth Name: John Richard Baldwin
Also Known As: John Paul Jones
Born: January 3, 1946
Sidcup, Kent, England
Occupation(s): Musician, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer
Instrument(s): Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Mandolin, Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Kyma, Vocals
Associated Act(s): Led Zeppelin, Them Crooked Vultures
Website: http://www.johnpauljones.com/

John Paul Jones was born John Richard Baldwin on January 3, 1946, in Sidcup, Kent. Both of his parents were musicians, his dad, Joe, a pianist and arranger for big bands and his mother was a singer and a dancer.

He learned to play the piano at an early age. He soon began to take organ lessons and played at his church. By age 14, he picked up the bass guitar. His father wanted him to play the saxophone because, as John Paul explained, "He said...I'd never starve".

He started a band in his boarding school and he and his father performed as a duo during the holidays. He left school at age 17 and auditioned for Jet Harris and Tony Meehan, who were putting together a band. He got hired as their bass player and John Paul toured with the band for about a year or so, playing music that bands like Blood, Sweat, and Tears and Chicago would play years later.

John Paul started doing sessions in about 1964, and for the next four years, recorded for just about everyone from Lulu to The Rolling Stones. He released his own single in April 1964, entitled Baja.

During a session for Donovan, he heard Jimmy Page, a popular session guitarist, talking about starting a new group. His wife Maureen "Mo", whom he'd married in 1965, convinced him to call up Jimmy Page after reading an article in Disc and Music Echo to take the bass guitarist position. Since Jimmy's first two choices for new bass players were unavailable, he agreed to have John Paul in this new group.

After Led Zeppelin, John Paul took the most low-key position of all the remaining members, focusing mainly on producing and arranging for such performers as The Mission in 1987, R.E.M. in 1992, Ben E. King in 1986, Cinderella in 1990, The Butthole Surfers in 1992 and Peter Gabriel in 1992.

On December 7, 1983, he joined Robert Plant for an encore performance of Little Sister. John Paul put out a soundtrack album for the movie Scream For Help, which was released on March 22, 1985.

He rejoined Jimmy and Robert at LiveAid on July 15, 1985, and on May 14, 1988, for Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary party.

In September 1993, he joined the stage with Lenny Kravitz for the MTV Awards show, performing Are You Gonna Go My Way. In August 1994, John Paul joined Heart for five performances at The Backstage Theatre in Seattle performing with them as well as producing the live album that was recorded. In late 1994, John Paul joined up with Diamanda Galas for a short European tour and a tour in the States in November 1994.

In 1998, John Paul started work on his first solo CD, which was called Zooma. John Paul toured the US, Europe, and Japan throughout late 1999 and early 2000, with a thunderous response. 2001 found John Paul preparing material for his second solo album, The Thunderthief, to which toured through the US and the rest of the world, providing support for King Crimson.

Since 2004, John Paul Jones has made a more public showing of his acoustic abilities, performing in 2004 as part of the Mutual Admiration Society, with Glen Phillips and the members of the band Nickel Creek, performing at the Festival Mandolines de Lunel in 2005 and 2006, performing at MerleFest, Bonnaroo and other festivals in 2007 and making several appearances with Robyn Hitchcock.

John Paul Jones joined Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, along with Jason Bonham on Dec. 10, 2007, as part of a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun.

2008 saw Jones hook up with Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, first at the 2008 Grammys, then at an encore at a Foo Fighters concert at Wembley Stadium on Jun. 7, 2008, in front of 86,000 people.

In 2009, John Paul Jones scored music, along with members of the band Sonic Youth and Takehisa Kosugi, for Merce Cunningham's Nearly 90 dance show, performed in NYC on April 16-19, 2009.

In 2009-2010 he was part of a supergroup with Dave Grohl and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme named Them Crooked Vultures. 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.

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.

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

On 16 September 2012, Jones appeared at the Sunflower Jam charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, performing alongside guitarist Brian May of Queen, drummer Ian Paice of Deep Purple, and vocalists Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper.

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

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

On 30 April 2013, Jones appeared live on the BBC TV Show Later... with Jools Holland, playing bass for Seasick Steve on Down on the Farm from Seasick Steve's new album Hubcap Music.

On 1 May 2013, Jones appeared with Seasick Steve at a concert at the Roundhouse in Camden, London. Introduced by Seasick Steve as a member "of the best rock band ever", Jones played bass, mandolin, and steel guitar, and provided vocals.

On Saturday 29 June 2013, Jones played guitar whilst appearing with Rokia Traoré, who opened the Pyramid Stage that morning at Glastonbury 2013. He also supported Seasick Steve on the West Holt's stage at the same festival.

During November 2013, Jones joined a seven-day tour of the Southeast US, playing mandolin with the Dave Rawlings Machine. The Atlanta show (21 November 2013) included a rendition Led Zeppelin's Going to California. Jones also toured with the Dave Rawlings Machine in autumn 2014.

On 5 and 6 September 2015, Jones, along with Queen drummer 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 singing.

In 2019 Jones formed a new band called the Sons of Chipotle with the Finnish Cellist, Anssi Karttunen. The group premiered with a duo of live concerts at the Pit Inn in Tokyo, Japan in September of that year. For the Tokyo shows they were joined by musicians Jim O'Rourke and Otomo Yoshihide. The band is scheduled to play their first U.S. date in March 2020 at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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