John Jones (record producer)

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John Jones (born December 12, 1957) is a Grammy-winning record producer, musician, songwriter, audio engineer, and programmer, best known for his work on Duran Duran's Wedding Album, and with Celine Dion, Dan Hill, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Ferrone, Alan Frew, Dee Long, and Sir George Martin, spending his working life in; Toronto, Canada; London, England; and Los Angeles, California.


John Idris Jones is of Welsh descent. He was born in Wormwood Scrubs, Hammersmith, London, England, and has lived in United Kingdom, Mona, Jamaica, Canada, and the U.S.A.. He performed multiple instruments in local Canadian bands, writing many songs, until getting the chance to record in Toronto Sound studio, the home of Rush producer Terry Brown. It was there that John met longtime partner Dee Long of Klaatu.

Later he became keyboard/guitarist/vocalist for the CBS Canada pop group Bond, and toured with the Canadian bands;, "Funn", "Canada", and Gary O's; "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.


In 1980 Jones, Dee Long, and Frank Watt, built ESP Studios around a Fairlight CMI, where they worked on albums for Klaatu, Alice Cooper, Gary O', 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 London, setting up a computer music studio with Sir George Martin at AIR Studios, and worked 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 Sir 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 appeared 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.


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

Jones played piano in 1991 with Duran Duran at the Royal Albert Hall for Vanessa Redgrave's "Jerusalem for Reconciliation" concert for UNICEF, and for their MTV Unplugged sessions in New York on November 17, 1993. He also made a brief appearance playing organ with Queen and Liza Minnelliat their The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in April 1992.

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

His final production with Duran Duran was Thank You of 1995, voted one of the 50 Worst Albums Ever! by Q magazine in 2006.[1]

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, 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 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.


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 super guitarist and producer, Steve Postell, and worked on productions and sessions for Ferrone's band Farm Fur, as well as Keb' Mo', Emily Richards, Dove, Nils, Edgar Winter, Jeff Golub, Sabian, Linspire, Mike Campbell, The Lille Claire Foundation, Ollie, Andre Berry, Karan Han, Susie Chin, Kim, The Dares, Erin Toland, Zuhdi & Frank, Dean & Robert Deleo, Cassandra Denver, Jeff Young, Alex Ligertwood, Brian Auger and Jack Dill.

2007 saw the start of Jones' collaboration with Richard Martinez and Meninos do Morumbi, the Brazilian school and social program for kids, headed by Flavio Pimenta.

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