John Paul Jones (musician)

British bassist

John Paul Jones (born John Baldwin on 3 January 1946), in Sidcup, Kent) is an English musician and record producer, and was known for being the bassist, the keyboardist, backing vocalist, and the mandolin player for rock band Led Zeppelin.

John Paul Jones
Jones with a mandolin
Jones with a mandolin
Background information
Birth nameJohn Baldwin
Also known asJohn Paul Jones
Born (1946-01-03) 3 January 1946 (age 78)
Sidcup, Kent, England
GenresHard rock, Heavy metal, Folk rock, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock
Occupation(s)Musician, Songwriter, Arranger
InstrumentsBass Guitar, Keyboards, Mandolin, Cello
Years active1960 – present
LabelsDiscipline Global Mobile, Atlantic, Swan Song

Early Years


John started playing the Piano when he was six years old. His father, Joe Baldwin was his teacher. When he was 15 Jones joined his first band called The Deltas. In 1962 Jones joined a band called The Shadows. The Shadows had one hit song called Diamonds, which an artist named Jimmy Page had helped write.

Led Zeppelin


During his time with The Shadows Jones was seen by Jimmy Page. When Jimmy was forming his new band, Jones' wife suggested he ask Jimmy about the new band. Jimmy was very glad that Jones had asked, and the two formed a duo.[1] Soon after singer Robert Plant and drummer John Bonham joined them forming a Quartet. At first, the group was called The New Yardbirds, but the name was soon changed to Led Zeppelin.


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