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Happy birthday, John Paul Jones

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John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin

John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin

Happy birthday, John Paul Jones...
Born John Baldwin on January 3 1946 in Sidcup, Greater London, England, John Paul Jones is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and record producer. He is best known as the bassist, keyboardist and co-songwriter of Led Zeppelin.
John also plays organ, guitar, koto, lap steel guitars, mandolin, autoharp, violin, ukulele, sitar...
When he was six, his father, who was pianist and arranger for big bands in the 40s and the 50s, taught him to play the piano.
When he was 14, Jones became choirmaster and organist at a local church.
The same year, he bought his first bass. Through the years, he bought multiple basses until he bought his 1962 Fender Jazz Bass which he used until 1976.
At the age of 15, he joined his first band, The Deltas.
In 1962, he was hired for two years by Jet Harris and Tony Meehan (who had recorded the Number 1 hit Diamonds with Jimmy Page not long before) from The Shadows.
In 1964, Jones began studio session work with Decca Records. He played on hundreds of recording sessions and worked with several artists like the Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, Jeff Beck, Françoise Hardy, Rod Stewart...
In 1967, Jones contributed to The Yardbird's album, Little Games.
Later the same year, The Yardbirds disbanded and, at the suggestion of his wife, Jones asked Jimmy Page if they could collaborate.
They were quickly joined by Robert Plant and John Bonham. The band initially played under the name the New Yardbirds in order to play Scandinavian dates of The Yardbirds that had been booked before the band splitted. They soon became known as Led Zeppelin.
With Led Zeppelin, Jones palyed several instruments including a triple-necked acoustic instrument consisting of a six and twelve strings guitar and a mandolin.
Jones was seen as the most quiet and reserved member of the band.
In late 1973, exhausted by long tours and extended periods away from his family, Jones considered quitting to spend more time with his family.
While being in Led Zeppelin, Jones kept on working in studio for various artists.
After Led Zeppelin's dissolution following John Bonham's death in 1980, Jones collaborated with musicians and bands like Peter Gabriel, Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, Cinderella...
He also appeared on sessions and videos for Paul McCartney.
In 1985, Jones played with Jimmy Page on songs for the soundtrack of the film Scream for Help.
On May 14 1988, Led Zeppelin re-formed (Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham's son, Jason) for the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert.
In 1995, he produced and played on Heart's live acoustic album, The Road Home.
In 2005, Jones played on two tracks on the album In Your Honor by the Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl, as a big Led Zeppelin, was pretty happy of the collaboration.
On December 10 2007, Jones played alongside Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Jason Bonham in the Led Zeppelin reunion show at London's O2 arena.
In 2009, with Dave Grohl and Josh Homme, he formed the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures.
On September 16 2012, Jones performed with Brian May, Ian Paice, Bruce Dickinson and Alice Cooper at the Sunflower Jam charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Jones has influenced several rock bassists like John Deacon, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, Flea, Gene Simmons...
To conclude, we wish a happy birthday and years of rock to John Paul Jones!

John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)

John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)

John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) - Live at O2

John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) - Live at O2

[french version :
Joyeux anniversaire, John Paul Jones ...
Né John Baldwin le 3 janvier 1946 à Sidcup, Greater London, Angleterre, John Paul Jones est un auteur-compositeur, multi-instrumentaliste, compositeur, arrangeur et producteur de disques. Il est plus connu en tant que bassiste, claviériste et co-auteur-compositeur de Led Zeppelin.
John peut aussi jouer de l'orgue, de la guitare, du koto, de la lap steel guitar, de la mandoline, de l'autoharpe, du violon,  du ukulélé, de la sitar...
Quand il a six ans, son père, pianiste et arrangeur pour des big bands durant les années 40 et 50, lui apprend à jouer du piano.
A 14 ans, Jones devient chef de choeur et organiste dans une église locale.
La même année, il achète sa première basse. Au fil des nnées, il achète de nombreuses basses jusqu'à-ce qu'il achète sa 1962 Fender Jazz Bass qu'il utilise jusqu'en 1976.
A 15 ans, il rejoint son premier groupe, The Deltas.
En 1962, il est engagé pour deux ans par Jet Harris et Tony Meehan (qui ont, peu de temps auparavant, enregistré le hit numéro 1, Diamonds, avec Jimmy Page) du groupe The Shadows.
En 1964, Jones commence à travailler en tant que musicien de studio avec Decca Records. Il joue sur des centaines d'enregistrements et travaillent avec de nombreux artistes comme les Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermit, Jeff Beck, Françoise Hardy, Rod Stewart...
En 1967, Jones contribue à l'enregistrement du l'album Little Games de The Yardbirds.
Plus tard la même année, The Yardbords se séparent et, après la suggestion de sa femme, Jones demande à Jimmy Page s'ils pourraient collaborer.
Ils sont rapidement rejoints par Robert Plant et John Bonham. Au début, le groupe joue sous le nom New Yardbirds afin de faire les dates scandinaves qui ont été prévues avant la séparation de The Yardbirds.
Avec Led Zeppelin, Jones joue de nombreux instruments dont un étrange instrument à trois manches composé d'une guitare à six cordes, d'une guitare à douze cordes et d'une mandoline.
Jones est vu comme étant le plus calme et le plus réservé des membres de Led Zeppelin.
Fin 1973, épuisé par de longues tournées et par de longues periodes passées loin de sa famille, Jones songe à quitter Led Zeppelin.
Pendant qu'il fait partie de Led Zeppelin, Jones continue à travailler en studio avec d'autres artistes.
Après la mort de John Bonham et la séparation de Led Zeppelin, Jones collabore avec des musiciens et des groupes comme Peter Gabriel, Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, Cinderella...
Il apparait aussi sur des enregistrements et des videos pour Paul McCartney.
En 1985, Jones et Jimmy Page jouent des chansons pour la bande-son du film Scream for Help.
Le 14 mai 1988, Med Zeppelin se reforme (Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones et le fils de John Bonham, Jason) pour le concert des 40 ans d'Atlantic Records.
En 1995, il produit l'album live et acoustique de Heart, The Road Home.
En 2005, Jones joue sur deux chansons de l'album In Your Honor des Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl, en grand fan de Led Zeppelin, est très heureux de cette collaboration.
Le 10 décembre 2007, Jones joue avec Robert Plant, Jimmy Page et Jason Bonham pour le concert de réunion de Led Zeppelin à la London's O2 arena.
En 2009, avec Dave Grohl et Josh Homme, il forme le supergroup Them Crooked Vultures.
Le 16 septembre 2012, il joue aux côtés de Brian May, Ian Paice, Bruce Dickinson et Alice Cooper au concert de charité Sunflower Jam au Royal Albert Hall, Londres.
Jones a influencé de nombreux bassistes de rock comme John Deacon, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, Flea, Gene Simmons...
Pour conclure, nous souhaitons un heureux anniversaire et des années de rock à John Paul Jones !]

John Paul Jones (2010)

John Paul Jones (2010)

John Paul Jones (2010)

John Paul Jones (2010)

John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin (1971)

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin (1971)

John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin photographed by Carl Dunn at Cabana Hotel, Dallas, 1970

John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin photographed by Carl Dunn at Cabana Hotel, Dallas, 1970

John Paul Jones and Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin

John Paul Jones and Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin (1970) - Terry Coulton - TAPD PHOTO

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin (1970) - Terry Coulton - TAPD PHOTO

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin (1969)

John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin (1969)

John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones

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