john paul jones

john paul jones

HEART - STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Kennedy Center LED ZEPPELIN Digitaly_ReMastered SMix

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Biography John Paul Jones (Rock bassist and keyboardist, composer and producer; born January 3, 1946, in Sidcup, Kent, England) Jimmy Page (Rock guitarist, composer and producer; born January 9, 1944, in Heston, Middlesex, England) Robert Plant (Rock singer, composer and producer; born August 20, 1948, in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England) It took a whole Lotta Love for Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant to help create a new sound in rock and roll, but that is what they did, spectacularly. James Patrick Page was born in Middlesex on January 9, 1944. He picked up the Spanish guitar. "I taught myself the guitar from listening to records," Page recalled. He enrolled in art school in Sutton at 15, but kept up his music and frequently jammed with classmate Jeff Beck. Soon he was noticed, and work as a session musician became an invaluable part of his musical education. In London studios, Page played for recordings by The Who (2008 Kennedy Center Honorees), The Kinks, Herman's Hermits, Burt Bacharach, Donovan and Lulu. Page's guitar can be heard in such classics as Marianne Faithfull's "As Tears Go By," and the great Petula Clark's "Downtown," as well as later in Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help From My Friends" and Donovan's "Sunshine Superman." When Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds in 1965, Page was approached to be his replacement. But at this time he was hesitant about leaving his own lucrative session work, so he suggested his friend Jeff Beck. He eventually joined what was known briefly as The New Yardbirds, recommended Robert Plant as frontman, added John Paul Jones on bass and keyboards, and John Bonham on drums, reconfiguring a new group that became Led Zeppelin. "There were a lot of virtuoso musicians around at the time who didn't gel as a band. That was the key: to find a band that was going to fire on all cylinders." Robert Anthony Plant was born in West Bromwich on August 20, 1948. He quit school at 15, left home at 16 and started what he later saw as his real musical education, "moving from group to group, furthering my knowledge of the blues and of other music that has weight and was worth listening to." The teenager joined a string of bands in the Midlands, such as the New Memphis Blues Breakers, Black Snake Moan, Delta Blues Band and Crawling King Snakes. In 1968, while touring with a group called Obs' Tweedle, Jimmy Page heard Plant's raw, unfettered vocals at a gig in the teachers training college in Bromsgrove. What followed was rich. John Paul Jones was born John Baldwin on January 3, 1946, in Sidcup, Kent. His was a musical family, the father a pianist and big-band arranger, his mother a dancer and singer. He took to the piano at an early age, started his own band in school, and by 17 he left home to join a blues band that led to session work in London--he can he heard on hits by The Rolling Stones, Lulu, Dusty Springfield, Donovan and others. He stood out. While playing in the studio for Donovan he heard Jimmy Page mention that he was starting a new group. The combination worked, he joined the young threesome that also included the extraordinary drummer John Bonham and Led Zeppelin was now complete. This was no longer the blues, and it was not like the rest of the British Invasion either. There was something new, spicy, and loud in Led Zeppelin, something transgressive but always appealing, raw, sensual, rhythmically almost primitive, and vocally out of this world. Plant himself later objected to their being classified as heavy metal, given that so much of their work is actually acoustic. But Led Zeppelin added a new dimension to rock and roll, and it was heavy. "The very thing Zeppelin was about," Jones said, "was that there were absolutely no limits." The hits came one after another: "Whole Lotta Love," "Thank You," "Ramble On" "Black Dog," "Dazed and Confused," "Immigrant Song," "Kashmir," and, from 1971's album Led Zeppelin IV, the staggering epic "Stairway to ...