Jim Pons

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Jim Pons
BornSanta Monica, California, United States
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
Occupation(s)Guitarist, singer
Instrument(s)Bass guitar
Years active1964-1973; 2000s-present

Jim Pons is an American bassist, author and singer who most notably played for the Leaves, the Turtles, and the Mothers of Invention.[1]


Jim Pons was born in Los Angeles. In 1964, he joined The Leaves and stayed in the group until 1967. Afterwards, Pons joined The Turtles and remained in the band until their disbandment in 1970. From February 1971 until December 1971, he toured with The Mothers of Invention.

In 1973 Pons left the music industry to become the film and video director for the New York Jets football club; he designed the team's 1978–97 team logo.[2][3] He held this position until his retirement in 2000.[4]

Pons and his family moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2005, where he does game day video for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and plays upright bass in a bluegrass band called Lonesome Ride. In the 2010s, he has occasionally toured with The Turtles alongside Flo and Eddie.

In 2017, Pons wrote an autobiography titled Hard Core Love: Sex, Football and Rock and Roll in the Kingdom of God which won the 2017 Florida Writers Association Book Of The Year award.[5]


  • Hard Core Love: Sex, Football and Rock and Roll in the Kingdom of God (2017)


  1. ^ Steve Moore (April 24, 2000). "Frank Zappa Tribute: The Jim Pons Interview". Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  2. ^ Ronald N. Campbell (December 14, 1981). "A LOT OF GOOD TEAMS FUMBLE WHEN IT COMES TO DECORATING THEIR HELMETS". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  3. ^ Randy Lange (April 4, 2019). "A Timeline of the Jets' Uniforms Through the Seasons". NewYorkJets.com. New York Jets. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  4. ^ Richie Unterberger. "Jim Pons". AllMusic. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  5. ^ "JIM PONS". JIM PONS. Retrieved 2022-02-15.

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