John Paul Jones became a prolific musical director and arranger of a huge range of prominent sixties artist before forming Led Zeppelin with Jimmy Page in 1968. Since 1980 his collaborators have included Paul McCartney, La Fura Dels Baus, Brian Eno, The Butthole Surfers and Diamanda Galas. His debut solo album Zooma was released in September 1999, followed by The Thunderthief in 2001.

1960

 

organist and choirmaster (age 14) joined father's danceband

1961

 

formed bands at school, played U.S. Airforce bases in England

1962

 

turned professional, various bands touring clubs, theatres, U.S. bases, etc.

1964

musical director for

ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM

1964

arranged for

THE ROLLING STONES, P.P. ARNOLD, BILLY NICHOLS, TWICE AS MUCH, NICO, LIONEL BART, ANDREW OLDHAM ORCHESTRA

1965

musical director for

ROBERT STIGWOOD

 

arranged for

MIKE BERRY THE OUTLAWS SIMON KING

1966

musical director for

MICKEY MOST

arranged for

THE ROLLING STONES, P.P. ARNOLD, BILLY NICHOLS, TWICE AS MUCH, NICO, LIONEL BART, ANDREW OLDHAM ORCHESTRA

 

arranged for

MIKE BERRY THE OUTLAWS SIMON KING

1966

musical director for

MICKEY MOST

1966

arranged for

HERMANS HERMITS (A Kind of Hush, No Milk Today, etc.)
DONOVAN (Mellow Yellow, Hurdy Gurdy Man, etc.)
LULU (Boat That I Row, To Sir With Love, etc)
JEFF BECK (Hi-Ho Silver Lining, Love Is Blue, Beck's Bolero, Truth album)
YARDBIRDS (Little Games, Ten Little Indians, etc.)
JULIE FELIX album
FRANCOISE HARDY album
GRAHAM GOULDMAN album

1966/7/8

arranged for

CLIFF RICHARD, MARC BOLAN, CAT STEVENS, THE ROLLING STONES, P.J. PROBY, DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, ANITA HARRIS, WAYNE FONTANA & THE MINDBENDERS, FREDDIE & THE DREAMERS, SHE TRINITY, AMORY KANE, FRUGAL SOUND, THE MIGHTY AVENGERS, AFFINITY, FAMILY DOG, THE GREENBEATS, MADELINE BELL, MAGIC LANTERNS, PETER & GORDON, DOWNLINERS SECT, etc

1966/7/8

played for

TOM JONES, EVERLY BROTHERS, BURT BACHARACH, SAMMY DAVIS, PAULA ANKA, DEL SHANNON, ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINK, WALKER BROTHERS, MEMPHIS SLIM, ETTA JAMES, CHAMPION JACK DUPREE, PEARL BAILEY, DINAH WASHINGTON, KATHY KIRBY, JAY & THE AMERICANS, PAUL & BARRY RYAN, MARIANNE FAITHFULL, THE SUPREMES, BO DIDDLEY, DETROIT SPINNERS, SHIRLEY BASSEY, SUE & SUNNY, CLAUDE FRANCOIS, MICHEL POLNAREFF, EDDIE MITCHELL, GEORGE MARTIN + many 100's of Recordings, Film and T.V. Sessions.

1968

formed

LED ZEPPELIN with JIMMY PAGE

1969-1980

LED ZEPPELIN 9 albums 1 film 26 tours

1973

produced

MADELINE BELL album "COMIN'ATCHA"

1981

 

set up 24 track electronic music studio in Devon

1982

taught

Electronic composition at DARTINGTON COLLEGE OF ARTS, DEVON

1983

appeared

GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROAD STREET film: PAUL McCartney

1984

commission

JIM FULKERSON trombone and tape for HUDDERSFIELD CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL

1984/5

film score

"SCREAM FOR HELP" LORIMAR

1985

produced/eng.

"SCREAM FOR HELP" album (Jon Anderson, Madeline Bell)

1986

commission

ODYSSEUS theme music Award-winning 13 part serial B.B.C. TV

 

commission

ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC MUSIC ASSOCIATION for ALMEIDA FESTIVAL

 

 

CHRISTOPHER BOWERS-BROADBENT organ and tape

1986

produced/eng.

JOHN RENBOURN/STEFAN GROSSMAN album "THREE KINGDOMS"

1986/7

produced

BEN E. KING album "SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME"

1987/8

produced

THE MISSION album "CHILDREN"

1988

commission

Track for BRIAN ENO album "MUSIC FOR FILMS III"

1986

produced/eng.

JOHN RENBOURN/STEFAN GROSSMAN album "THREE KINGDOMS"

1989

commission

"AMORES PASADOS" for RED BYRD and ARTS COUNCIL for BREMEN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL on FACTORY RECORDS

1990

arrangements

CINDERELLA album

1990

produced

LA FURA DEL BAUS album "NOUN"

1990

produced

JACINDA JONES album

1991

 

set up 32 track digital electronic music studio near BATH

1991

composed/produced

One hour Multimedia show for MERCEDES-BENZ launch

1991

composed/produced

MD for SPANISH PAVILLION, SEVILLE EXPO 1992

1992

commission

RICARDO GALLARDO "MACONDO" steel and drum tape for SONIC ARTS

1992

commission

REBECCA ALLEN /ANIMATICA SPAIN computer animation piece

1992

commission

MONDRIAN QUARTET string Quartet "MAASTRICT TIME" for ZEALAND

 

 

MUSIC FESTIVAL, THE HAGUE

1992

arranged/performed

PETER GABRIEL album " US "

1992

performed

BRIAN ENO album "NERVE NET"

1992

arrangements

R.E.M. album "AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE" - 'Everybody Hurts', 'Drive', 'Nightswimming' and 'The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite'

1992

produced

BUTTHOLE SURFERS ALBUM "INDEPENDENT WORM SALOON"

1993

film score

"RISK" dir. DEIRDRE FISHEL w/ KAREN SILLAS

1993

arranged

Strings for "RAGING SLAB" album

1993

composed

"THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB" - Award winning animation

1993

performed

MTV Music Awards with LENNY KRAVITZ

1994

produced/performed

collaborative album with DIAMANDA GALAS
"THE SPORTING LIFE"

1994

performed

World tour with DIAMANDA GALAS

1994

produced/performed

live album with HEART

1995

produced

"FORGET" - debut album by US band ELEPHANT RIDE

1996

writing

material for new solo album

1996

built and set up new recording studio in LONDON

1998

recording

first solo album

1999

produced/performed

"ZOOMA" by John Paul Jones and world tour.

2000   tour

2001

produced/performed

"The Thunderthief" by John Paul Jones and tour.

2000   Touring in support of Zooma
2001 produced/performed "The Thunderthief" by John Paul Jones
2001   Co-Headline tour of US with King Crimson
2002 performed Concert for the Mines Advisory Group, Manchester, England
2002 performed with Julie Felix
2003 performed with Robyn Hitchcock, London, England
2003   Toured Japan as Special Guest of 'Guitar Wars' (also featuring Nuno Bettencourt, Paul Gilbert & Steve Hackett)
2003 performed with Steve Hackett
2004 performed  as part of John Cage's 'Musicircus', The Barbican, London

2004

produced

THE DATSUNS album “Outta Sight Outta Mind”

2005 performed In Your Honor album, Foo Fighters
2005 perfomed Lunel, France w/ Mike Marshall
2006 produced/performed with Uncle Earl & on their album Waterloo, Tennessee
2007 performed Bonnaroo Festival "SuperJam" with Ben Harper,
and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
2007 / 2008 performed with Robyn Hitchcock
2008 performed BBC Radio2 Folk Awards
2008 performed with Foo Fighters at Grammy Awards, Los Angeles
2008 performed with Jimmy Page and the Foo Fighters at Wembley Stadium, London
2009 produced/performed Sara Watkins solo album
2009 performed/writing with Sonic Youth at "Merce Cunningham at 90", Brooklyn Academy of Music
2009 performed/writing Them Crooked Vultures