John Jones (record producer)

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John Idris Jones (born December 12, 1957) is a Grammy-winning record producer, musician, and songwriter, best known for his work with Duran Duran, Celine Dion, Fleetwood Mac, Dee Long, and Sir George Martin, spending his working life in; Toronto, Canada; London, England; and Los Angeles, California.

Background[edit]

Jones is of Welsh descent. He was born in London, England and has lived in England, Wales, Jamaica, Canada, usa. He played multiple instruments in local Canadian bands, where he wrote many songs, until he got the chance to record in Toronto Sound studio, the home of Rush producer Terry Brown. It was there that John met Dee Long of Klaatu.

Later he became keyboard/guitarist/vocalist for the [Columbia Records|CBS Canada] pop group Bond, who had a number of hit records, and also toured with the other Canadian bands, including, "Funn", "Canada", and Gary O'Connors; "Kid Rainbow".

A stint as a songwriter for ATV Music with Val Azzoli, led to recording many demos at Brentcliffe, Masters Workshop, The Carriage House, and Shabby Road studios, after the closing of Toronto Sound.

1980s[edit]

In 1980 Jones and Long built ESP Studios around a Fairlight CMI where they worked on many productions for Klaatu, Alice Cooper, Strange Advance, Dalbello, Rational Youth, Red Rider, Images in Vogue, Dan Hill, The Partland Brothers and Glass Tiger.

In 1985 Jones and Long relocated to AIR Studios in London, setting up a Computer Music studio with George Martin and working on productions for Martin, Yes, The Rolling Stones, Paul Rogers, Paul McCartney, Terence Trent D'Arby, The Outfield, Mark Knopfler, Roy Wood, and Duran Duran.

During the late 1980s Jones played piano with George Martin and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducting his Beatles Yellow Submarine Suite. John also wrote a chapter on MIDI for Martin's book Making Music, and presented a segment about computer music on BBC Two's Science In Action.

In the late 1980s Jones began working with Duran Duran on their live shows for the Big Thing album, and then in the studio producing a B side single "This Is How A Road Gets Made", before being hired to play keyboards and program the Duran Duran album Liberty with producer Chris Kimsey. During that time Jones also produced the single "Burning the Ground", which was a remix of Duran's greatest hits for there Decade: Greatest Hits compilation album.

1990s[edit]

In the early 1990s, he worked again with Chris Kimsey on Paul Rodgers's Laying Down the Law', followed by the Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels Live', Flashpoint'.

By 1992, Duran Duran and Jones had finished producing the multi-million–selling "comeback" record, The Wedding Album, featuring the award-winning song "Ordinary World".

Jones played piano with Duran Duran at the Royal Albert Hall for Vanessa Redgrave's "Jerusalem for Reconciliation", with many international musical stars, and for their MTV Unplugged sessions in New York on November 17, 1993.

His final production with Duran Duran was Thank You of 1995, voted one of the worst albums of the century by Rolling Stone magazine.

In the mid-1990s, Jones produced Ny Donsk in Iceland before heading to Los Angeles where he produced the Alan Frew CD Hold On for EMI, co-writing the album's hit song "So Blind" which won awards from the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada for Most Performed Song of 1995 and Number One.

In 1996, Jones co-wrote and produced tracks for Dan Hill's I'm Doing Fine and Fleetwood Mac's Time. He produced the Celine Dion song "Seduces Me" from the multi-platinum CD Falling Into You, for which Jones won 1997 Grammy Awards for "Album Of The Year (Producer)", "Album Of The Year (Engineer)" and "Pop Album Of The Year (Engineer)".

Jones has also written songs for Priscilla Wright, Emily Richards, and Rational Youth, writing four top ten and three number one records, as well as writing and producing film scores for the films Stuart Bliss, Lucky[disambiguation needed], A Perfect Stranger and Hot Money.

In 1998, Jones produced a solo album of his own material called One Moment In Time. Released in Canada by Iron/BMG to critical acclaim, the album garnered three MP3.com Pop Chart number ones and extensive music video play for the single "State Of Mind". He performed many live shows promoting the album in Canada and in Los Angeles including organizing a benefit for the homeless in Toronto for the Salvation Army and Covenant House. In 2009, Jones released the black n white album, his second solo record.

2000s[edit]

Jones' solo album was re-released by Victor Entertainment in Japan in late 2001 to coincide with a massive Kirin Beer campaign for which Jones sang the lead vocal, recorded for Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon's Japanese advertising company Syn Entertainment.

In 2003 John started Drumroll Musicians Workshop with drum legend Steve Ferrone of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers in Burbank, California, and has since worked on productions and sessions for Ferrone's band Farm Fur, as well as Keb' Mo', Dove, Nils, Edgar Winter, Jeff Golub, Sabian, Linspire, Mike Campbell, The Lille Claire Foundation, Ollie, Andre Berry, Karan Han, Susie Chin, Kim Crain, The Dares, Erin Toland, Zuhdi & Frank, Dean & Robert Deleo, Cassandra Denver, Jeff Young, Alex Ligertwood, Brian Auger and Jack Dill.

In November 2009, Jones released his second solo record Black N White.

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