John Richard Baldwin, mostly recognised by his stage name John Paul Jones, is a man of many talents having played a record number of instruments. He has written, composed, arranged and even produced a number of hit songs throughout his career. John formed his first band way back in 1968 along with his friend Jimmy Page. Much of John’s popularity rests on his successful stint as a bass guitarist in the English rock band, ‘Led Zeppelin’.
After the disintegration of the band in 1980, he started his solo career and began to fraternise with several other musicians across wide-ranging genres. There is hardly any instrument that John cannot play- guitar, banjo, sitar, mandolin, cello etc. You name it, and he has played it! To know more about the net worth of John Paul Jones in 2018, keep reading.
Born into a family deeply rooted in music residing in Kent on 3rd January 1946, John Paul Jones began to learn to play the piano from a very young age from his pianist father, Joe Baldwin. Since both his parents were somehow related to music, John got various opportunities to perform and tour around England as part of his parents musical commitments.
Due to the frequent relocations around the country, John had to attend a boarding school in Blackheath called Christ’s college where he learnt music. By the time he turned 14, John had become the choirmaster of the local church where he also played the organ. It was around this time that John bought his 1st bass guitar, which went on to become his greatest passion in life. John Paul Jones’ wife is Maureen with whom he has 3 daughters named Tamara, Jacinda and Kiera.
John began his career at the young age of 15 when he joined his first band, ‘The Deltas’. John’s big break came in 1962, when Jet Harris and Tony Meehan, two of the biggest names in the music industry, hired him for two years for their successful British group ‘The Shadows’. He had his 1st studio recording in 1964 with ‘Decca Records’ and by 1968 he had been a part of more than 100 recording sessions.
John’s growing popularity brought him the chance to work with various renowned artists, like Dusty Springfield. Producer Mickie Most was so impressed with his work on Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman” that he hired him as his choice arranger for the majority of his projects. In 1967, John also arranged the music for Herman Hermits theoretical film “Mrs Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter”. It was around this time that he adopted his stage name of John Paul Jones.
John released his first solo as John Paul Jones titled “Baja”. His career has been quite jam-packed marked with global tours and concerts, and on an average, he used to record 50-60 records in a month.
Awards and Achievement
John Paul Jones has been conferred with various accolades for his immense contribution to music, some of which include:
• Gold Badge Award in 2010
• Outstanding Contribution Award again in the same year from the Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.
Net Worth of John Paul Jones
The estimated net worth of John Paul Jones is $100 million, a fortune that he has painstakingly amassed over the course of his career being what he was born to be- a musician.
John Paul Jones is enumerated as one of the topmost producers and musicians across the globe, thanks to his incredible talent and hard work. John’s enthusiasm and passion for his work showed the world his capability right from the beginning of his career.
His dedication towards his work can be aptly gauged by the fact that at one point he thought his non-stop working schedule would be the death of him, but it never was a deterrent for him, for he continued to work and enthral his audience with the same intensity and vigour year after year. He truly deserves to be in the position he is in.