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Paul Jones
Birth name Paul Pond
Born 24 February 1942 (1942-02-24) (age 68)
Portsmouth, England
Genres Pop music. Rhythm and blues
Years active 1960s - present
Associated acts Manfred Mann
Eric Clapton's Powerhouse
The Blues Band
The Manfreds
Website Official website

Paul Jones (born Paul Pond, 24 February 1942, Portsmouth, England[1]) is an English singer, actor, harmonica player, and radio personality and television presenter.

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Career

In 1962 Jones became resident singer with Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated (alongside Long John Baldry, both towering out above a shorter third vocalist, the aspiring Michael 'Mick' Jagger). Jones then went on to be the vocalist and harmonica player of the successful 1960s group Manfred Mann.[1] He had several Top Ten hits with Manfred Mann before going solo in 1966.[1]

He was less successful without the band than they were with his replacement, but did have a few hits, notably with "High Time" (1966) and "I've Been a Bad, Bad Boy" and "Thinkin' Ain't For Me" (both 1967) before attempting to branch into acting.[1] His solo recording career never got off the ground in the U.S., and was barely successful in the UK.[1]

His performance opposite model Jean Shrimpton in 1967 film Privilege,[1] directed by Peter Watkins, did not bring the hoped-for stardom, although the film later became something of a cult classic. Privilege, which unsurprisingly cast Jones as a pop singer, saw him sing a few songs, including "Set Me Free", which was covered by Patti Smith in the mid 1970s.[1]

From 1966 he also worked as an actor, first in films and television, and then on stage, including West End shows such as Conduct Unbecoming (also on Broadway), also musicals Cats and Pump Boys and Dinettes. He has worked with directors such as Sir Richard Eyre, Peter Gill and Toby Robertson. His numerous gold albums include one for the original recording of Evita.

In 1972 Jones recorded "Crucifix in a Horseshoe" with White Cloud, a New York based session group featuring Teddy Wender on keyboards and Kenny Kosek on fiddle.[2]

In 1976, he performed the role of Peron on the original concept album of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Evita alongside Julie Covington as Eva, Colm Wilkinson as Che and Barbara Dickson as The Mistress.

It was not until the 1990s that Jones became a familiar face on television in the children's series, Uncle Jack. In the meantime, he enjoyed a parallel career as presenter of radio programmes focusing mainly on rhythm and blues, notably a long-running weekly show on BBC Radio 2.

He is also a member of The Blues Band and The Manfreds, a group reuniting many original members of Manfred Mann,[1] and has also played harmonica as a session musician on recordings by artists including Gerry Rafferty, Dave Edmunds, Katie Melua, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Marti Webb.

In 2001 Showcase appeared on Hallmark Records. His most recent solo album is 2009's Starting All Over Again on Continental Record Services (aka CRS) in Europe and Collectors' Choice in the U.S.[1] It was produced by Carla Olson, and featured Eric Clapton, Jake Andrews, Ernie Watts, Percy Sledge, Alvino Bennett, Tony Marsico, Mike Thompson, Tom Jr Morgan, Oren Waters and Luther Waters.

On 4 May 2009 Jones and his harmonica featured in a song during a concert by Joe Bonamassa in the Royal Albert Hall, London. That same month saw the single release of "I'm Your Kingpin" by Nick Vernier Band with Paul Jones on harmonica.

Paul is currently the president of The National Harmonica League[3]

Personal life

Jones attended Portsmouth Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford University, although he did not graduate.

Jones was first married to novelist & reviewer Sheila MacLeod and is currently married to the former actress and latterly Christian speaker Fiona Hendley-Jones with whom he converted to Christianity in the mid-1980s as the result of being invited by Cliff Richard to a Luis Palau evangelistic event. Jones had appeared opposite Richard in the 1960s on a television debate show where he had at the time opposed Richard's viewpoint.

Solo discography

  • Sings Privilege & Others (1967)
  • Love Me, Love My Friends (1968)
  • Come into My Music Box (1969)
  • Crucifix in a Horseshoe (1971)
  • Starting All Over Again (2009)

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