John Paul Jones (musician)

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John Paul Jones (born John Baldwin on 3 January 1946) is an English multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, arranger and record producer. Best known as the bassist, mandolinist, and keyboardist for English rock band Led Zeppelin, Jones has since developed a solo career and has gained even more respect as both a musician and a producer.[1] A versatile musician, Jones also plays guitar, koto, lap steel guitars, autoharp, violin, ukulele, sitar, cello, continuum and the three over-dubbed recorder parts heard on Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven".[2]

According to Allmusic, Jones "has left his mark on rock & roll music history as an innovative musician, arranger, and director."[1] Many notable rock bassists have been influenced by John Paul Jones, including John Deacon,[3] Geddy Lee,[4] Steve Harris,[5] Flea,[6] Gene Simmons,[7] and Krist Novoselic.[8]

Jones is currently part of the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures with Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age/Kyuss/Eagles of Death Metal) and Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters). He plays the bass, piano and other instruments. The supergroup released their first single "New Fang", and their debut, self-titled album on 17 November 2009.


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