Wed February 27th, 2002
Wed October 27th, 1999
Thunderthief (2002)
Lovin' Up A Storm (2000)
Zooma (1999)
The Sporting Life (1994)
John Paul Jones (1980-Present), bass / guitars / keyboards / miscellaneous
Though John Paul Jones, the American naval hero, was born almost exactly two hundred years before John Paul Jones the musician (the former was born in 1747, the latter 1946), he led a life that was every bit as adventurous as the average rocker.

Young Jones left his native Scotland at the tender age of 12 to become an apprentice aboard a ship and went on to travel the world, serving the fledgling American navy as well as the Russian and French fleets. He was purportedly involved in at least two major sex scandals and (like Jim Morrison) died in Paris at the relatively young age of 45. But Jones’s adventures didn’t end with his death.

His remains were mummified and he was interred in a Paris cemetery for “foreign Protestants.” More than a century after he was buried, recovering his remains became the obsession of one General Horace Porter, the American Ambassador to France in 1899. It took Porter over ten years to locate Jones’s corpse, have it identified and finally relocated. Several states in America vied for the honor of serving as the final resting place for the man who had, while serving aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard, boldly declared during an epic engagement with the British frigate Serapis whose captain had prematurely assumed victory, “Sir, I have not yet begun to fight.” Jones was eventually re-interred at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

John Paul Jones
Though Robert Plant and Jimmy Page's contributions to Led Zeppelin's music received more fanfare, it was John Paul Jones's titanic bass work and John Bonham's mighty drumming that provided the rhythmic foundation that allowed the band's music to rise to such heady heights of hard rock.

After Zeppelin disbanded following Bonham's death in 1980, Jones (b. John Baldwin 1/3/46 Sidcup, Kent, England) had time to pursue his own exhilaratingly eclectic musical interests. A well-rounded musician, he plays a stunning array of instruments -- all manner of keyboards and stringed instruments including such exotic specimens as triple neck mandolin, koto, autoharp, ukulele, bass lap steel. In addition to sporadic solo work, Jones has been a fairly prolific composer, arranger and producer (his studio credits include British Goth-pop outfit the Mission, R.E.M., Ben E. King and Butthole Surfers). His soundtrack work includes the 1984 film Scream For Help, the theme for a 13-part BBC production of Odysseus in 1986 and 1993's Risk. In 1994, his collaboration with strident avant-blues politico diva Diamanda Galas, The Sporting Life was released. But his eclectic post-Zeppelin pursuits have simply been a continuation of his pre-Zeppelin interests.

Jones's father was a pianist and big band arranger; his mother a singer and dancer, so he grew up in an environment saturated with music. His first instrument was the piano, then came the organ. His father encouraged him to play the saxophone next because it was a sure way to secure a living as a working musician, but bass captured his imagination and he started playing it at the age of 14, while attending Christ College boarding school. Jones began playing with groups at boarding school and with his father as a duo when he was home during holidays.

By the time he was 18, he had become a session player and over the next few years recorded with various artists ranging from the pop singer Lulu to the Rolling Stones and Donovan - which is how he eventually crossed paths with Jimmy Page.
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