Melvyn "Deacon" Jones

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Melvyn "Deacon" Jones
Born December 12, 1943
Richmond, Indiana, U.S.
Died July 6, 2017(2017-07-06) (aged 73)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Genres Soull, R&B, blues
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active c.1960 – 2017
Associated acts James Ramey, Baby Huey & the Babysitters, Johnny Ross, Buddy Miles, John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Pappo

Melvyn "Deacon" Jones (December 12, 1943 – July 6, 2017) was an organist and founding member of Baby Huey & the Babysitters.


In 1963 along with Johnny Ross and Jimmy Ramey, Jones formed Baby Huey & the Babysitters who went on to become a well known live attraction in Chicago. After Ramey's death in 1970 Jones embarked on a career that would see him work with Curtis Mayfield, Freddie King, and John Lee Hooker. During his career he worked with many musical luminaries, including Gregg Allman, Elvin Bishop, Lester Chambers, Albert Collins, Pappo, and Buddy Miles. His brother is the drummer Harold Jones. He is survived by his son, Jason Christopher Jones and daughter Sarah Lee Grace Jones.

1990s onwards[edit]

In 1992, the Bay Area Blues Society and the South Bay Blues Awards named Jones, "Keyboard Player of the Year".[1]

In 2008, Jones published his autobiography, The Blues Man: 40 Years with the Blues Legends.[2]


Jones died at the age of 73 in Hollywood, California.[3]


  • Let's Talk About The Blues (Blue Rock'it Records, 1987 – LP #107)
  • Let's Talk About The Blues (Nile Lotus Productions, 2002 – CD) UPC: 634479396724
  • Let's Talk About The Blues (D7 Sounds LLC, 2015 – worldwide digital release)
  • Makin' Blues History - Vol. 1 (BDC Records, 1997 – CD)
  • Makin Blues History (Nile Lotus Productions, 2002 – CD) UPC: 634479396823
  • Makin' Blues History (D7 Sounds LLC, 2015 – worldwide digital release)
  • Jonesen For Money (Nile Lotus Productions, 2002 – CD) UPC: 634479405426
  • Jonesin' For Money (Kent Music/Kent Entertainment Group, 2006 – CD) UPC: 754387884523
  • Jonesin' For Money (D7 Sounds LLC, 2015 – worldwide digital release)


  1. ^ "Profile". Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ ""Forty Years with the Blues Legends", by Melvin (Deacon) Jones". Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ Mike Emery. "Blues legend from Richmond dies in California". Retrieved July 10, 2017. 

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