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

Led Zeppelin had mystique. They rarely gave interviews, since the music press detested the band. Consequently, the only connection the audience had with the band was through the records and the concerts. More than any other band, Led Zeppelin established the concept of album-oriented rock, refusing to release popular songs from their albums as singles. In doing so, they established the dominant format for heavy metal, as well as the genre's actual sound. ~ Allmusic: Led Zeppelin ~ retrieved January 7, 2014 © Allmusic

Led Zeppelin ~ Inducted in the 1995 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Combining the visceral power and intensity of hard rock with the finesse and delicacy of British folk music, Led Zeppelin redefined rock in the Seventies and for all time. They were as influential in that decade as the Beatles were in the prior one. Their impact extends to classic and alternative rockers alike. Then and now, Led Zeppelin looms larger than life on the rock landscape as a band for the ages with an almost mystical power to evoke primal passions. ~ 1995 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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)

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