Best known for being a founding member of and the bassist / keyboard player in L…

Written by on January 3, 2018


Best known for being a founding member of and the bassist / keyboard player in Led Zeppelin, John Paul Jones is celebrating his 72nd birthday today.

Before he was in Zeppelin, John was one of the most in demand session players in London. He worked with numerous artists including the Rolling Stones on Their Satanic Majesties Request (Jones’ string arrangement is heard on “She’s a Rainbow”); Herman’s Hermits; Donovan (on “Sunshine Superman,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” and “Mellow Yellow”); Jeff Beck; Françoise Hardy; Cat Stevens; Rod Stewart; Shirley Bassey; Lulu; and numerous others. As well as recording sessions with Dusty Springfield, Jones also played bass for her Talk of the Town series of performances. His arranging and playing on Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman” resulted in producer Mickie Most using his services as choice arranger for many of his own projects, with Tom Jones, Nico, Wayne Fontana, the Walker Brothers, and many others. Such was the extent of Jones’ studio work – amounting to hundreds of sessions – that he said years later that “I can’t remember three-quarters of the sessions I was on.”

So you can see why when he asked Jimmy Page if he needed a bass player for his new band, Page jumped at the chance to get him.

Happy Birthday John!!!!




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