John Paul Jones

Born 3 January 1946.

UK rock musician of Led Zeppelin & Them Crooked Vultures

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Seasick Steve and John Paul Jones chat to Jools Holland

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Biography

John Baldwin (born 3 January 1946), known by the stage name John Paul Jones, is an English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer. Best known as the bassist, keyboardist, and co-songwriter for English rock band Led Zeppelin, Jones has since developed a solo career. A versatile musician, Jones also plays organ, guitar, koto, lap steel guitars, mandolin, autoharp, violin, ukulele, sitar, cello, continuum and the three over-dubbed recorder parts heard on Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven". He ranked first in The "20 Most Underrated Bass Guitarists" in Paste magazine.

According to Allmusic, Jones "has left his mark on rock & roll music history as an innovative musician, arranger, and director." Many notable rock bassists have been influenced by John Paul Jones, including John Deacon, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, Flea, Gene Simmons, and Krist Novoselic. Jones is part of the band Them Crooked Vultures with Josh Homme and Dave Grohl, in which he plays bass guitar, keyboards, and other instruments. During November 2013, Jones was touring the Southeast playing mandolin with the Dave Rawlings Machine.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Thunderthief

    The Thunderthief 2006

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    The quiet one from Zeppelin isn't so quiet anymore. This is a finest slice of...
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