Not to be confused with either of the jazz drummers with this name, Joe Marshall is a rock guitarist whose activities on the St. Louis music scene date back to the early '70s and two bands that recorded, Jake Jones and Men in the Moon. As for the former group, it is a sure sign someone is speaking through his hat if he says, "Jake Jones? He's great!," at least in the case of the outfit that Marshall played for on a pair of Kapp albums; nobody involved was actually named Jake Jones. Other members of the group included Phil Jost, who worked as a record producer in late-'70s Los Angeles prior to returning to the Midwest.
The heyday of Jake Jones was a period that Marshall describes with a sprinkling of wonder: "I can't believe how young we were." Sometimes a willingness to put in long hours of rehearsing goes hand in hand with youth and that seems to have been the case with Jake Jones, based on the recollections of Midwest rock old-timers as well as those who stumble upon an LP such as Different Roads in the used record pile. Marshall wrote at least one song in the Jake Jones repertoire, "In All My Dreams." The band's final job happened in 1973, a slot opening up for the Eagles. Although dating from somewhat later in that decade, the self-titled album by Men in the Moon is even harder to actually touch, also involving fellow Jake Jones member Charlie Sabatino. For nearly a dozen years beginning in 1984, Marshall gigged regularly at a St. Louis club called Timbers. In 2003 Marshall reported that both he and Jost were employed by a shop called St. Louis Music. The guitarist's projects at that time included a weekend rock combo, the Sloppy Joes, and a wedding band, Sundance and Brass.