Paul Jones was born in Portsmouth, UK, as Paul Pond. Early on in his career, he was asked by Keith Richards and Brian Jones to be the lead singer of a group they were forming, but he chose to be the vocalist and harmonica player of the successful 1960s group Manfred Mann. He became their original frontman and, among many other songs, co-composed the signature tune for Ready, Steady, Go! He was right there in the top of the 60s pop revolution. Alongside bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones. The Kinks, The Who, and The Animals.
During his career he has been a singer, actor, harmonica player, radio personality and television presenter.
These days Paul Jones shares lead vocal ‘duties’ with Mike D’Abo, in the Manfreds. The band consists of most of the original members of Manfred Mann. They continue to tour extensively, both in the UK and abroad.
In 1979 he also founded The Blues Band, which proved to be the start of yet another boom in ‘British Blues’ music.
Paul is the President of the The National Harmonica League and he has recorded with a range of artists including Tina Turner, Percy Sledge, Memphis Slim, Katie Melua and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has written and/or played music for films, TV programs and commercials, and his songs have been recorded by a varied bunch, including early Steppenwolf, Helen Shapiro and Ten Years After.
Paul was a BASCA Gold Badge-winner in 1996. He is a Doctor of Music (University Of Portsmouth) and, in 2001, he received the famous red book for This Is Your Life (BBC TV).
He played harmonica on “I’m Your Kingpin”, credited to Nick Vernier Band with Paul Jones. He also featured on two versions of “You’re Wrong (Again)” from Nick Vernier Band’s “Sessions” album.
Paul Jones is married to Fiona Hendley, who is an accomplished actress and singer. Together they have produced successful albums, as well as the television program ‘The 700 Club’.
Paul Jones & Eric Clapton
Paul Jones – Oundle International Music Festival