Keyboardist, bass guitarist John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
Keyboardist ~ Bassist
Led Zeppelin

John Paul Jones

January 3, 1946, London, England

Bassist John Paul Jones was the last to join [Led Zeppelin]. “I answered a classified ad in Melody Maker,” he said. “My wife made me.” Jones had a sessionman's background. He had arranged some of the Stones' Their Satanic Majesties Request album. He also arranged albums for producer Mickey Most's stable. “I arranged albums by Jeff Beck, Lulu, Donovan and Herman's Hermits.” ~ Rolling Stone: the Durable Led Zeppelin ~ March 13, 1975 © Rolling Stone

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In 1960, when Jones was only 14 years old, he became a member of his father's dance band. This time under his father's watchful eye gave him a chance to gain experience and confidence. A year later Jones formed his first band, and by the next year he began to travel and perform professionally, at an age when school alone can apply too much pressure on a teen. By the mid-'60s he had served for other groups as director and arranger, as well as bassist and keyboardist. His remarkable credits from that early period include artists like the Rolling Stones, the Outlaws, Jeff Beck, Mickey Most, the Yardbirds, the Mindbenders, the Everly Brothers, and the Supremes. ~ Allmusic: John Paul Jones ~ retrieved January 3, 2014 © Allmusic

Led Zeppelin

It wasn't just Led Zeppelin's thunderous volume, sledgehammer beat, and edge-of-mayhem arrangements that made it the most influential and successful heavy-metal pioneer. It was the band's finesse. Like its ancestors the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin used a guitar style that drew heavily on the blues; its early repertoire included remakes of songs by Howlin' Wolf, Albert King, and Willie Dixon (who later won a sizable settlement from the band in a suit in which he alleged copyright infringement). But Jimmy Page blessed the group with a unique understanding of the guitar and the recording studio as electronic instruments, and of rock as sculptured sound; like Jimi Hendrix, Page had a reason for every bit of distortion, feedback, reverberation, and out-and-out noise that he incorporated. Few of the many acts that try to imitate Led Zeppelin can make the same claim. ~ Rolling Stone: Led Zeppelin ~ retrieved January 7, 2014 © Rolling Stone

Led Zeppelin ~ Ranked #14 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “Heavy metal would not exist without Led Zeppelin, and if it did, it would suck. Led Zeppelin were more than just a band - they were the perfect combination of the most intense elements: passion and mystery and expertise.” ~ Dave Grohl, Nirvana ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

In 2012 two Led Zeppelin albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #376 Led Zeppelin IV (1971) ~ #225 Led Zeppelin I (1969)

Led Zeppelin ~ Stairway To Heaven ~ Ranked #53 RIAA Top 365 Songs Of The Century in 2001.

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