Paul Jones (singer)
Paul Jones, Sevenoaks, Kent, June 2011
|Birth name||Paul Pond|
24 February 1942 |
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK
|Genres||Pop music, blues|
|Associated acts||Manfred Mann
Eric Clapton's Powerhouse
The Blues Band
Paul Jones (born Paul Pond, 24 February 1942) is an English singer, actor, harmonica player and radio personality and television presenter.
Paul Jones was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire. As "P.P. Pond," he performed duets with Elmo Lewis (aka future founder member of the Rolling Stones, Brian Jones) at the Ealing Club, home of Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, whose singers included Long John Baldry and Mick Jagger. He was asked by Keith Richards and Brian Jones to be the lead singer of a group they were forming, but he turned them down. Jones then went on to be the vocalist and harmonica player of the successful 1960s group Manfred Mann. He had several Top Ten hits with Manfred Mann before going solo in July 1966. He remained with His Master's Voice.
He was less successful without the band than they were with his replacement, but did have a few hits, notably with "High Time" (1966) and "I've Been a Bad, Bad Boy" and "Thinkin' Ain't for Me" (both 1967) before attempting to branch into acting. While his solo recording career was barely successful in the UK, it never got off the ground in the US. He did have enough hits in Sweden however to have a greatest hits album released there on EMI.
From 1966 he also worked as an actor, first in films and television, and then on stage, including West End shows such as Conduct Unbecoming (also on Broadway), plus the musicals Cats and Pump Boys and Dinettes. He has worked with directors such as Sir Richard Eyre, Peter Gill and Toby Robertson.
His performance opposite model Jean Shrimpton in the 1967 film Privilege, directed by Peter Watkins, did not bring the hoped-for stardom, although the film later became a cult classic. Privilege, which unsurprisingly cast Jones as a pop singer, saw him sing a few songs, including I've Been a Bad, Bad Boy and Set Me Free, which was covered by Patti Smith in the mid 1970s.
In 1972 Jones recorded Crucifix in a Horseshoe with White Cloud, a New York based session group featuring Teddy Wender on keyboards and Kenny Kosek on fiddle. In 1973 he played the title role in Bob Fosse's production of Pippin at Her Majesty's Theatre in London.
In 1975 he guest starred in a TV episode of The Sweeney (Chalk & Cheese) as a boxer turned gangster, Tommy Garret. In 1976 he performed the role of Peron on the original concept album of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Evita alongside Julie Covington as Eva, Colm Wilkinson as Che and Barbara Dickson as the Mistress. His gold albums include one for Evita.
It was not until the 1990s that Jones became a familiar face on television in the children's series, Uncle Jack. In the meantime, he enjoyed a parallel career as presenter of radio programmes focusing mainly on rhythm and blues, notably a long-running weekly show on BBC Radio 2, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011.
He is also a member of the Blues Band and the Manfreds, a group reuniting many original members of Manfred Mann, and has also played harmonica as a session musician on recordings by artists including Gerry Rafferty, Dave Edmunds, Katie Melua, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Marti Webb.
In 2001 Showcase appeared on Hallmark Records.
His most recent solo album is 2009's Starting All Over Again on Continental Record Services (aka CRS) in Europe and Collectors' Choice in the US. It was produced by Carla Olson, and features Eric Clapton, Jake Andrews, Ernie Watts, Percy Sledge, Alvino Bennett, Tony Marsico, Michael Thompson, Tom Jr Morgan, Oren Waters and Luther Waters. A sequel was recorded, again in Los Angeles, in February 2012.
On 4 May 2009 Jones and his harmonica featured in a song during a concert by Joe Bonamassa in the Royal Albert Hall, London. That same month saw the single release of "I'm Your Kingpin" by Nick Vernier Band with Paul Jones on harmonica. In 2010, Jones also featured on two versions of "You’re Wrong" from Nick Vernier Band's Sessions album. In 2012, he featured on a song "Solid Ground" from the Oli Brown's album Here I Am.
Jones is currently the president of the National Harmonica League and was awarded "harmonica player of the year" in the British blues awards of 2010 and 2011, as well as Blues Broadcaster of the year in 2011
Jones was first married to novelist and reviewer Sheila MacLeod, and is currently married to the former actress, and latterly Christian speaker, Fiona Hendley-Jones. He converted to Christianity in the mid 1980s as the result of being invited by Cliff Richard to a Luis Palau evangelistic event. Jones had appeared opposite Richard in the 1960s, on a television debate show where he had, at the time, opposed Richard's viewpoint.
- My Way (1966)
- Sings Privilege & Others (1967)
- Love Me, Love My Friends (1968)
- Come into My Music Box (1969)
- Crucifix in a Horseshoe (1972)
- Starting All Over Again (2009)
- "High Time" (1966) — UK no. 4
- "I've Been a Bad, Bad Boy" (1967) — UK no. 5
- "Thinkin' Ain't for Me" (1967) — UK no. 32
- "Aquarius" (1969) — UK no. 45
- "Biography by Richie Unterberger". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
- Paul Jones on BBC4 Blues Britannia 11 March 2011
- Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 160. CN 5585.
- Scott, A. O. (7 February 2005). "We're Sorry". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- Nick Vernier Band with Paul Jones, video (segment)
- The National Harmonica League
- "Winners of the British Blues Awards 2011". British Blues.com. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
- Radio Times, 15 December 1973.
- British Hit Singles, Paul Gambaccini, Tim Rice & Jo Rice, Guinness Publishing Ltd., 7th edition, 1989
- Official Site
- Paul Jones at BBC Programmes
- The Manfreds
- The Blues Band
- Paul Jones at the Internet Movie Database
- Paul Jones discography
- Plays Live at NHL Festival