Bluesfest with Gibson: John Paul Jones – Led Zeppelin, Leah Gallin & Sea Sick Steve (2012)

Our Managing Director Leah Gallin met John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, he was playing with on playing bass for Seasick Steve at Bluesfest, they had also been hanging out with Lenny Kravitz who was in Byron Bay recording and called in Wolf Mother to join in the set. Leah is friends with Hamish from Wolfmother (formerly The Vines).

John Paul Jones is an English musician and record producer who was the bassist and keyboardist for the rock band Led Zeppelin. Prior to forming the band with Jimmy Page in 1968, he was a session musician and arranger.

During his time as a session player, Jones often crossed paths with guitarist Jimmy Page, a fellow session veteran. In June 1966, Page joined The Yardbirds, and in 1967 Jones contributed to that band’s Little Games album. Vocalist Robert Plant and drummer John Bonham joined the two to form a quartet. Initially dubbed the “New Yardbirds” for the Scandinavian dates, the band soon became known as Led Zeppelin.

Jones was responsible for the classic bass lines of the group, notably those in “Ramble On” and “The Lemon Song” (Led Zeppelin II), and shifting time signatures, such as those in “Black Dog” (Led Zeppelin IV). As half of Led Zeppelin’s rhythm section with drummer John Bonham, Jones shared an appreciation for funk and soul rhythmic grooves which strengthened and enhanced their musical affinity.

After the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980, Led Zeppelin disbanded, and Jones developed a solo career. He has collaborated with musicians across a variety of genres, including Josh Homme and Dave Grohl with the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures.

In 1964, on the recommendation of Meehan, Baldwin began studio session work with Decca Records. From then until 1968, he played on hundreds of recording sessions. He soon expanded his studio work by playing keyboards, arranging and undertaking general studio direction, resulting in his services coming under much demand. He worked with numerous artists including: Paul McCartney,The Rolling Stones Jeff Beck, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Nico, Ben Harper, R.E.M., Heart, Peter Gabriel, Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, Cinderella, Brian Eno, Butthole Surfers, Brian May of Queen, drummer Ian Paice of Deep Purple, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper.