Ken Jones

Born: October 2nd, 1927, Manchester (United Kingdom)
Died: April 25th, 1988, France
Nationality: British

Often working with producer Norrie Paramor, Ken Jones was a studio arranger for artists such as The Zombies, Jim Dale, and Jonathan King. In the early 1960s, he also recorded instrumentals with his Ken Jones Orchestra. He was best known for being the musical director of Michael Parkinson’s BBC talk show. He occasionally worked on other TV projects as well, amongst which a show with Shirley Bassey. He arranged and conducted the song ‘There’s never been a girl’ in the 1962 UK heats for the Eurovision Song Contest (sung by Kenny Lynch). Jones also was a prolific jazz pianist.

Ken Jones conducted the Eurovision orchestra on one occasion, in 1979 in Jerusalem, when the United Kingdom was represented by Black Lace and their song ‘Mary-Ann’ (composed and produced by Peter Morris). It was essentially a rock tune, to which some strings were added. The song finished seventh among nineteen contestants. Jones had not been the musical director of the UK preselection that year – it was Alyn Ainsworth who had performed that task. It is unclear why Ainsworth was replaced by Jones for the international final.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Ken Jones will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1979: Mary-Ann