Billy Jones (Outlaws guitarist)

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Billy Jones
Birth name William Harry Jones
Also known as Billy Jones
Born (1949-11-20)November 20, 1949
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Died February 7, 1995(1995-02-07) (aged 45)
Spring Hill, Florida
Genres Southern rock, hard rock, blues-rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1971–81
Labels Arista
Associated acts Outlaws

William Harry Jones (November 20, 1949 – February 7, 1995) was an American guitarist and singer best known as a founding member of the Outlaws.

Jones was a major contributor to the discography and commercial success of the Outlaws. He grew up in Tampa, FL. While in high school he was offered placement in the Juliard School of Music but turned it down electing to attend the University of Florida as a math major. He recorded one album with a band called H.Y. Sledge before joining Outlaws. He was initially brought on as a keyboardist but soon switched to lead guitar helping crystallize the trademark Outlaws sound. After major success throughout the '70's, Jones parted ways with the band in 1981 after the album Ghost Riders.[1] On February 7, 1995 it was reported that he had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.[2] He is buried in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Tampa, Florida.


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Outlaws: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Bill Jones: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 

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