Jim Pons

Jim Pons was a founding member of San Fernando Valley rockers The Leaves, who waxed a raucous rendition of "Hey Joe" - which became a standard by way of ensuing recordings by The Byrds and Jimi Hendrix, among others.

Pons joined The Turtles in 1967, just in time to appear on several seminal sides and singles. In 1971 Jim hooked up with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (Pons played the part of God in "Billy the Mountain") for a few classic slabs including Fillmore East: June 1971, 200 Motels (1971), and the live sides of John & Yoko's Sometime In New York (1972).

Weary of the music business, Pons moved to Long Island to work as video director for the NFL New York Jets for 27 years.