John Paul Jones is one of the most talented and highly respected bassists to have ever played rock music. The son of big band pianist and arranger, Joe Baldwin, he first made his way into music with a jazz rock unit called Jett Blacks. He then joined the Tony Meehan Combo, with Tony Meehan of The Shadows. With his reputation increasing rapidly, he then worked as both an arranger and musician for an impressive list of well-known artists, and in doing so encountered fellow session man, guitarist Jimmy Page. In September 1968 they formed Led Zeppelin, along with Robert Plant and John Bonham. It is with this band that he earned worldwide renown, as they proceeded to become one of the most acclaimed and influential bands of all time. After they disbanded in 1980, he occupied himself with numerous projects, but kept a significantly lower profile than in his days with Led Zeppelin. He collaborated with Paul McCartney on a film soundtrack, Give My Regards To Broad Street, recorded and released an album with American vocalist Diamanda Galás, and worked as a producer for several acts. He released his debut album in 1999, in the form of the instrumental Zooma, and followed it up with a second album in 2001, which contained his first solo lyrics and vocals. He has played on occasion with Page and Plant since Led Zeppelin's dissolution, although persistent rumours of a full scale re-union have not come to fruition. In 2009 he worked alongside Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters) and Josh Homme (Kyuss/Queens Of The Stone Age) in the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, and finally the Zeppelin reunion in London. His performances on bass with this group have re-confirmed his standing as one of the true greats of the instrument.
Followers: Flea, Gene Simmons, Les Claypool, Geddy Lee
Influenced By: Charles Mingus, Paul Chambers, Willie Dixon, Big Bill Broonzy, Sergei Rachmaninoff...