Happy Birthday, John Paul Jones!


The "quiet one" in Led Zeppelin was also the one responsible for many of that band's innovative nuances, not to mention his strata shaking low end brilliance. We adore every little thing about John Paul Jones - his musicianship, his versatility, his gentlemanly ways. JPJ is everything good about serious rock musicians, and he embodies much of the underlying philosophy here at JamBase, where a dedication to great music – of whatever stripe – and live performance fuel our efforts. Happy, happy, happy birthday, sir!

We kick off our salute to Jones with his solo instrumental "Tidal" captured at the Hard Rock with Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt throwing down admirably.

Alrighty, let's get some Zep. JPJ's bassline on "Black Dog" is rumored to be a cure for erectile dysfunction. Here's rock's greatest blimp live in 1975 at the end of a five-night run at Earl's Court in London. When their honey drip we really can't keep away.

Jones is a wicked mandolin player and he always seems down to pick with young bands. Here he is with The Duhks at the 2007 Merlefest. The clip begins already in flight and eventually lands in "Whole Lotta Love."

Next, Jones rehearsing "Dazed and Confused" with Ben Harper and ?uestlove before their 2007 Superjam performance at Bonnaroo.

Jones and his pal Jimmy Page popped over to Wembley to join the Foo Fighters for a few Zep tunes last year, including this pleasant run at "Ramble On." Could Dave Grohl look any happier to have these two onstage?

One of the more out there collaborations from Jones' post-Zeppelin years was with avant garde singer/general freak Diamanda Galas. Here's their short-lived band performing live on TV in 1994. You may recognize the program's host.

Next, a sweet lil' acoustic instrumental version of "Going To California" performed by Jones and Paul Gilbert.

Back to Zeppelin with an early TV performance of "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You," where Jones shows both barbarian heaviness and feather lightness in his stunning bass work. What a baby face on Robert here!

We wrap with Jones alone with a triple neck guitar on 2000's Zooma. What a lot of sound from one man, but that kinda goes without saying with JPJ.


[Published on: 1/3/09]

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Deadphishbiscuits Sat 1/3/2009 11:27AM
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a very happy birthday to you sir

irtimed starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/3/2009 11:37AM
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Joshc104 Sat 1/3/2009 11:51AM
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2008 xmas jam was a funtime

RambleOnShelbyRose starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/3/2009 11:57AM
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this dude is one of the most under rated musicians of all time, zep would not be themselves without him

crowesfan starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/3/2009 12:46PM
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Happy Birthday JPJ

fishbone1 starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/3/2009 01:05PM
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my brown sunburst fender jazz with tortoise shell pickguard is named JPJ Jr. for a reason!

snausages Sat 1/3/2009 01:09PM
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sweet! Happy Birthday Mr. Jones. :)

Dire46daysWolf Sat 1/3/2009 02:04PM
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all of those videos were amazing just got better and better

sman Sat 1/3/2009 02:56PM
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John Paul Jones was SICK at X-Mas Jam in Asheville... Soul shine with Warren and then Going to California acoustic... not to mention the all the other silly collaborations that happened that weekend

sixstringbrad starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/3/2009 04:02PM
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JPJ is, and will always be, the man.

TravlynnJoe starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/3/2009 05:08PM
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Happy Birthday John Paul Jones you are "A True Legend" and Simply The Best Bass Player EVER ! That 5-25-75 Earl's Court footage is AWESOME.

beatstock Sat 1/3/2009 05:56PM
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Happy birthday JPJ, you are living proof that there's no such thing as labels if you have the passion of music running through your veins. You surely do, and I will always admire you and aspire to one day play music like you. Esp the mandolin!!

snausages Sat 1/3/2009 06:46PM
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only ?uest can rock it like Bonham. :)

kirkbrew Sat 1/3/2009 07:40PM
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Will anyone go to see Led Zep sans Bonham and Bob Plant? What if tixs were $50?

operationgreenbud starstarstarstar Sat 1/3/2009 11:34PM
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as a bass players point of veiw-- sir Jones was one of the greatest four string player of all time. He was the glue that held zep together, he threw down some of the greatest rythems and basslines of all time. My hat goes off to you mista Sir John Paul Jones, thank you for everything you have done for musicians like myself, and have one hell of a fucking birthday!

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/4/2009 05:01AM
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wishing you many more JPJ.

ykmgeedee Sun 1/4/2009 06:00AM
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Hooray for JPJ! Huge contributor to our scene. Thanks so much!

carphishhead starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/4/2009 10:28AM
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You tha man!!! Thanks for the great memories, and KEEP ON TRUCKIN!!

MerDawg Sun 1/4/2009 05:32PM
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Happy Birthday John Paul Jones! Fans of music everywhere are thankful for your love and dedication and ridiculous talent... music would not be what it is today without your influence over the years. You are a true legend, and here's to many more years of health, love and rock-n-roll!

Sleeper1976 Sun 1/4/2009 08:43PM
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Happy Birthday Brady Patrick Boyle 1-3-09!!!!!!!!!!-

From your very proud father, you are are in very fine comapny... Stephen Stills, J.R.R. Tolkein and John Paul Jones!

Smittea starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/5/2009 11:30AM
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What the hell does a Revoluntionary War naval commander have to do with music? Happy birthday anyway.... thought you be older though.

rster22 Tue 1/6/2009 01:05PM
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thanks jambase. you really know how to give us the stuff we want