John Paul Jones Biography
An EnglishÂ multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer,Â arrangerÂ and record producer. Best known as the bassist, keyboardist, and co-songwriter for English rock bandÂ Led Zeppelin, Jones has since developed a solo career.Â A versatile musician, Jones also plays organ, guitar,Â koto,Â lap steel guitars,Â mandolin,Â autoharp,Â violin,Â ukulele,Â sitar,Â cello,Â continuumÂ and the three over-dubbedÂ recorderÂ parts heard on Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven".
According toÂ Allmusic, Jones "has left his mark on rock & roll music history as an innovative musician, arranger, and director."Â Many notable rock bassists have been influenced by John Paul Jones, includingÂ John Deacon,Â Geddy Lee,Â Steve Harris,Â Flea,Â Gene Simmons,Â andÂ Krist Novoselic.Â Jones is part of the bandÂ Them Crooked VulturesÂ with Josh HommeÂ andÂ Dave Grohl, in which he plays bass guitar, keyboards, and other instruments.
In 2014, Jones ranked first in The "20 Most Underrated Bass Guitarists" inÂ Pastemagazine.