Billy Jones (Outlaws guitarist)
|Birth name||William Harry Jones|
|Also known as||Billy Jones|
November 20, 1949|
Ann Arbor, Michigan
|Died||February 7, 1995
Spring Hill, Florida
|Genres||Southern rock, hard rock, blues-rock|
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 crystalize the trademark Outlaws sound. After major success throughout the '70's, Jones parted ways with the band in 1981 after the album Ghost Riders. On February 7, 1995 it was reported that he had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He is buried in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Tampa, Florida.