Wizz Jones

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Raymond Ronald Jones, 25 April 1939, Croydon, Surrey, England. Taking his nickname from a character in the children’s comic The Beano, Jones took up the guitar after seeing ‘Big’ Bill Broonzy, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Muddy Waters in 1957 at London’s Roundhouse Theatre. Having learned from the blues licks of Long John Baldry and Davey Graham whilst playing Soho coffee bars, he played with the skiffle band the Wranglers before busking his way around Europe and Africa throughout the early 60s. After returning to England, Jones made a name for himself on the folk scene as a guitar player of rare technical ability. He worked as a session musician before forming a bluegrass duo with banjo player Pete Stanley, which worked on the folk circuit until 1967 (releasing one album for Columbia Records). Jones embarked on a solo career at the end of the decade, releasing an excellent self-titled debut album for the United Artists Records label. In the...

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