Jeff Jones (music industry executive)

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Jeff Jones
Born Arlington, Massachusetts
Residence London, UK and New York City
Nationality American
Education Massachusetts College of Art, New York University
Employer Apple Corps (CEO)
Spouse(s) Susan Dodes

Jeff Jones (born Arlington, Massachusetts) is a music industry executive best known as the CEO of Apple Corps, the company founded by The Beatles. Jones was formerly an Executive Vice President at Sony/BMG,[1][2] where he managed Sony's recorded catalogs, including repackaging classic albums.[3]

At Apple Corps he has overseen Beatles projects such as the launch of TheBeatles.com,[4] the release of the band's remastered catalog on CD, iTunes,[5] and vinyl,[6] the DVD and Blu-Ray releases of Help!, Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles: Rock Band, and the Cirque du Soleil collaboration, including the Grammy-winning Love album.

He also produced the compilations The Beatles in Mono and The Beatles Stereo Box Set, for which he won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album.

Early life, education[edit]

Jeff Jones is a native of the Boston suburb of Arlington, Massachusetts. He studied at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and later at New York University.

Career[edit]

Marketing positions (1970s-2000)[edit]

After working in marketing and music since the mid-1970s, Jones joined as marketing director of Columbia Records in 1984, where he stayed for four years. Jones then left Columbia to serve as VP of marketing at MCA Records for two years. In 1991 he moved to the PolyGram Label Group to again serve as Marketing VP. In 1993 Jones moved to Elektra Entertainment as VP of marketing. He gained the additional position of Senior VP of Jazz at Columbia Records in 2000. He also managed the Columbia Jazz A&R and Marketing departments.[7]

Sony (1995-2007)[edit]

In 1995 Jones joined Sony as Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at Legacy Recordings, Sony's catalog division. He was promoted to Senior VP of Legacy in 1998, and rose to Executive Vice President of Legacy, overseeing all of the division’s operations.[7] While with Legacy, Jones spearheaded such projects as the Miles Davis re-issues series,[8] which earned multiple Grammy awards, and the historical Ken Burns JAZZ project.[9]

Apple Corps (2007-present)[edit]

Jones became the chief executive of Apple Corps, the company founded by The Beatles, in April 2007. He replaced long-time incumbent Neil Aspinall.[1][2] Jones, and his family moved from the US to London, and he said his new job was "a dream come true".[3]

At Apple Corps he has overseen Beatles projects such as the launch of TheBeatles.com,[4] the release of the band's remastered catalog on CD, iTunes,[5] and vinyl,[6] the DVD and Blue-Ray releases of Help!, Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles: Rock Band, and the Cirque du Soleil collaboration, including the Grammy-winning Love album.

In 2010, under his direction, The Beatles' catalogue was made available on iTunes through EMI, marking the first time Beatles music had ever been sold as digital downloads.[5]

Jones took part in talks for the use of “Tomorrow Never Knows” in AMC series Mad Men, which was the first time a Beatles song had been used in an American television series. He also oversaw the release of Beatles box sets with remastered tracks, both stereo and The Beatles in Mono. As the compilation producer for The Beatles Stereo Box Set, Jones won a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album in 2011.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Susan Dodes, a former music executive. Together they have two sons.

Awards[edit]

Year Category Song/album Role Result
2011 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album The Beatles Stereo Box Set Producer Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kozinn, Allan, "Magical Mystery Tour Ends for Apple Corps Executive", New York Times, 12 April 2007, passim. (link)
  2. ^ a b "Beatles' friend quits top job at Apple Corps". New Musical Express. 10 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-10. 
  3. ^ a b "'Fifth Beatle' quits Apple Corps", BBC News, 11 April 2007. Retrieved on 25 April 2007
  4. ^ a b Cashmere, Paul (May 19, 2010). "Apple Corps CEO Jeff Jones Heads To Music Matters". Undercover. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  5. ^ a b c "How CEO Jeff Jones helped The Beatles on iTunes a reality". EdibleApple. November 17, 2010. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  6. ^ a b "Beatles Back Catalogue". Mojo4Music. November 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  7. ^ a b "Jeff Jones". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  8. ^ "Jeff Jones". AllThatMatters. 2010. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  9. ^ Masson, Gordon (2007). "Sony BMG's Jones replaces Aspinall". Variety. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 

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