Michael Jones (Welsh-French musician)
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Michael Jones (born 28 January 1952) is a Welsh singer, guitarist, and songwriter who lives in France. He has made several hit albums and toured as trio Fredericks Goldman Jones (formed by Michael Jones, French singer-songwriter Jean-Jacques Goldman and American singer Carole Fredericks) and collaborated on a number of songs with Goldman.
Jones was born in Welshpool of a Welsh father, John Merick Jones (who landed in Normandy during World War II) and a French mother from Normandy, Simone Lalleman. As a young man, he studied drums and guitar. In 1966, he started his first group: Urban District Council Dib Bob Band. At 19, he went to France on vacation and never left. He played guitar and sang with a Norman group called Travert & Cie from 1971 to 1979 and with the group BUDDY C from 1979 to 1983. Later, he joined the group Taï Phong, where he met Jean-Jacques Goldman, whom he replaced on tour.
In 1979, he performed with the group from Toulouse Week-end Millionnaire. When Taï Phong disbanded in 1980, Michael formed another group called Gulfstream.
In 1983, he rejoined Jean-Jacques Goldman and Carole Fredericks. In 1985, he co-wrote the hit "Je te donne" with Goldman. In 1986, he wrote the single "Guitar Man," which he sang on tour with Goldman.
In 1998, he participated in Goldman's album En passant and in the tour that followed. In 2001, he participated in Goldman's album Chanson pour les pieds and in the tour that followed. In addition to his work with Goldman, he continued a solo career, releasing A consommer sans modération in 1997, and Prises et reprises in 2004.
In November 2008, Jones was invited by the English group Status Quo to join them as support act on their French tour.
The album, Celtic Blues, appeared in 2009 and was followed by a tour in France and a live album Celtic Blues Live.
In 2013, Jones presented his album 40 60 and stated that he is going to end his career as a musician due to health reasons. The title of this album is a reference to the 40 years span of his career and his age. Two new songs composed by Jean-Jacques Goldman are on this album and a new recording of the Jones-Goldman duet "Je te donne" in an acoustic version. It contains also a duet with Francis Cabrel.
- Albums since 1972
- Travert & Cie (1972)
- Tai phong – Last Flight (1979)
- Gulfstream (1981)
- Viens (1984)
- Guitar Man (1986)
- Michael Jones and the Swinglers (1987)
- Fredericks Goldman Jones (1990)
- Sur scène (1992)
- Rouge (1993)
- Michael Jones 83–93 (1993)
- Du new morning au Zénith (1995)
- A consommer sans modération (1997)
- Prises et reprises (2004)
- El club (2007)
- Celtic Blues (2009)
- Celtic Blues Live
- 40 60 (2013)