John Richard Baldwin (born 3 January 1946), better known by his stage name John Paul Jones, is an English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer. Prior to joining with his colleague Jimmy Page in 1968 to form Led Zeppelin, Jones had established himself as an accomplished session man and musical arranger, enjoying significant respect from a variety of singers, songwriters, producers, and bands. However, Jones is best known as the bassist for the band organized by Page, which included vocalist Robert Plant and drummer John Bonham, the English rock band Led Zeppelin. After the 1980 dissolution of Led Zeppelin in the wake of John Bonham's death, Jones developed a solo career and has collaborated with several other musicians across a wide variety of genres. A versatile musician, Jones also plays organ, guitar, koto, lap steel guitars, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, autoharp, violin, ukulele, sitar, cello, continuum and recorder.