Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones real name is not John Paul Jones. His birth name is John Baldwin but in 1964 before his Led Zeppelin fame, he took his stage name after the Scottish sailor and the United States’ first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolution, John Paul Jones (July 6, 1747 – July 18, 1792).
The name suggestion came from his friend, producer Andrew Loog Oldham, who had seen this poster for the 1959 biographical epic film John Paul Jones starring Robert Stack.
Jones (as John Baldwin) was a very in demand session player and arranger before he joined Zeppelin. Baldwin’s credits included, The Rolling Stones, Donovan, Jeff Beck, Cat Stevens and Dusty Springfield to name a few. The frist time he used the John Paul Jones moniker was for this solo single “Baja/A Foggy Day in Vietnam” released in April of 1964 by Pye Records.
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