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An explanation on why John Baldwin changed his name to JPJ

Here's the skinny on why John Baldwin changed his name to John Paul Jones, courtesy of an interview with Andrew Loog Oldham in "Goldmine" magazine (November 24, 1995):

 

GOLDMINE: How did it come about that you hooked up with John Paul Jones, later of Led Zeppelin?

 

OLDHAM: I was given a chance by Decca to produce something other than the Stones, so I called on a young arranger I knew named John Baldwin.

 

The thing was, I wanted my arranger to have a more artistic surname than Baldwin, particularly as I'd be recording a single with him.

 

There was a new Robert Stack movie going the rounds, called "John Paul Jones." I had no idea what, or who, it was all about, but the name had the kind of ring to it that I'd always liked. I called up John and told him the news. "No more answering to the name of Baldwin. From now on, you're John Paul Jones."

 

If only I'd known what he would go on to become, maybe I'd have asked for a percentage on what he earned from the name. Or maybe I wouldn't. I'd pinched it from an American folk hero; all I'd done was pass it onto an English one.

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September 07, 1968 - The band fulfills some old Yardbirds dates in Scandanavia
September xx, 1969 - Jimmy Page is reported saying the second album will be harder than the first
September 19, 1970 - Led Zeppelin gross over $100,000 for two performances at Madison Square Gardens on the same day
September xx, 1971 - Jimmy Page is furious over a live Yardbirds release. It was forced off the shelves
September xx, 1971 - The band vacations in Hawaii
September xx, 1972 - Discussions to play various countries ends with a decision to play Japan again
September xx, 1973 - Jimmy Page considers a live release of material before releasing a new album
September 14, 1974 - Led Zeppelin and CSN&Y jam at an after party
September xx, 1975 - Jimmy meets up with Robert in Malibu, where he is staying on a tax exile
September 12, 1976 - Page and Bonham return to Switzerland and record a drum piece title Bonzo’s Montreux
September 08, 1977 - Page takes to the stage with other well knowns at a WEA records sales conference
September 15, 1978 - Zep road manager Richard Cole and Bad Company’s Simon Kirke get married in a double ceremony
September 17, 1979 - Promoter Fred Bannister forced into liquidation over Knebworth Sales with Led Zeppelin
September 18, 1980 - Jimmy reviews a new stage set up and technical details for the Eighties Part One tour at Swan Song offices
September 25, 1980 - John Bonham is found dead in Jimmy Page’s Windsor mansion by sound technician Benji Le Fevre
September 12, 2007 - It was announced at a press conference by Harvey Goldsmith that the remaining members of Led Zeppelin would reunite with Jason Bonham on drums.
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