Heston, West London, Middlesex, England, UK
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The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin
Rock & Roll, Blues, Hard Rock, British Invasion, British Blues, Album Rock, Regional Blues
Exuberant, Confident, Rousing, Playful, Rambunctious, Energetic, Aggressive, Rowdy
Guitar, Composer, Guitar (Electric)
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James Patrick Page, OBE (born 9 January 1944) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. He began his career as a studio session guitarist in London and was subsequently a member of The Yardbirds from 1966 to 1968, when he co-founded the English rock band Led Zeppelin.
Page has been described as "unquestionably one of the all-time most influential, important, and versatile guitarists and songwriters in rock history". In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Page #9 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of The Yardbirds (1992) and as a member of Led Zeppelin (1995).
Page was born in the west London suburb of Heston, which today forms part of the London Borough of Hounslow. His father was an industrial personnel manager and his mother was a doctor`s secretary. In 1952 they moved to Miles Road, Epsom. Jimmy Page first picked up the guitar when he was 12 years old and although he took a few lessons in nearby Kingston, was largely self-taught. Among his early influences were rockabilly guitarists Scotty Moore and James Burton, who both played on recordings made by Elvis Presley. The Presley song "Baby Let`s Play House" was an early favourite on one of his first electric guitars, a second hand 1959 Futurama Grazioso. Page`s musical tastes included skiffle and acoustic folk playing, particularly that of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, and the blues sounds of Elmore James, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Freddie King and Hubert Sumlin. At the age of 14, Page appeared on Huw Wheldon`s All Your Own talent quest programme in a skiffle trio, a popular English music genre of the time. One performance was televised. Page said in an interview with Guitar Player magazine, "There was a lot of busking in the early days, but as I say, I had to come to grips with it, and it was a good schooling."
Page would take a guitar to school each day and have it confiscated and handed back to him at 4.00 pm. He was interested in science and had an interview for a job as a Laboratory Assistant, but he chose to leave school to pursue music instead  and after brief stints backing Beat poet Royston Ellis and singer Red E. Lewis, Page was asked by singer Neil Christian to join his band The Crusaders. Page toured with Christian for approximately two years and later played on several of his records, including the November 1962 single, "The Road to Love".
During his stint with Christian, Page fell seriously ill with glandular fever and couldn`t continue touring. While recovering, Page decided to put his musical career on the shelf and concentrate on his other love, painting. He enrolled at Sutton Art College in Surrey.
While still a student, Page would often jam on stage at The Marquee with bands such as Cyril Davies` All Stars, Alexis Korner`s Blues Incorporated and with guitarists Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. He was spotted one night by John Gibb of The Silhouettes, who asked him to help record a number of singles for EMI, including "The Worrying Kind". It wasn`t until an offer from Mike Leander of Decca Records that Page was to receive regular studio work. His first session for the label was the recording "Diamonds" by Jet Harris and Tony Meehan which went to Number 1 on the singles chart in early 1963.
After brief stints with Carter-Lewis and the Southerners, Mike Hurst`s group, and Mickey Finn and the Blue Men, Page committed himself to full-time session work. As a session guitarist he was known as `Little Jim` so there was no confusion with Big Jim Sullivan. Page was the favoured session guitarist of producer Shel Talmy, and therefore he ended up doing session work on songs for The Who and The Kinks as a direct result of the Talmy connection.
Page`s studio output in 1964 included Marianne Faithfull`s "As Tears Go By", The Nashville Teens` "Tobacco Road", The Rolling Stones` "Heart of Stone" (released on Metamorphosis), Van Morrison & Them`s "Baby Please Don`t Go" and "Here Comes the Night", Dave Berry`s "The Crying Game" and "My Baby Left Me", and Brenda Lee`s "Is It True". Under the auspices of producer Talmy, Page contributed to The Kinks` 1964 debut album and he sat in on the sessions for The Who`s first single "I Can`t Explain" (although Pete Townshend was reluctant to allow Jimmy`s contribution on the final recording, although Jimmy did play on the B-side "Bald Headed Woman".)
In 1965, Page was hired by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham to act as house producer and A&R man for the newly-formed Immediate Records label, which also allowed him to play on and/or produce tracks by John Mayall, Nico, Chris Farlowe, Twice as Much and Eric Clapton. Page also formed a brief songwriting partnership with then romantic interest, Jackie DeShannon. He worked
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James Patrick Page
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James Patrick Page (industrial personnel manager)
Patricia Elizabeth Gaffikin (doctor's secretary)
Danetree Secondary School, West Ewell, Surrey, England, UK
Sutton Art College, Surrey, England, UK
Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul, Gibson EDS - 1275, Fender Telecaster, Danelectro 59 - DC, Custom Manson Guitars, Jolana Resonet, Danelectro 3021, Gibson Les Paul Standart # 1, Gibson Les Paul Standart # 2, Vox 12 - String, Gibson Les Paul Custom, Fender Electric XII ( 12 - String), Martin D - 28
Guitarist, Songwriter, Record producer
He plays on guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, theremin, bass guitar, banjo, harmonica, dobro, sitar, keyboards, tambourine, tambura, hurdy gurdy, pedal steel guitar, synthesizer, guitar synthesizer, lap steel guitar, slide guitar
www.jimmypage.com/, www.ledzeppelin.com/, www.imbd.com/name/nm0656211/, www.discogs.com/artist/Jimmy+Page
Scarlet Page (daughter with Charlotte Martin) (photographer), James Patrick Page III (son with Patricia Ecker), Zofia Jade (daughter with Jimena Gomez-Paratcha), Ashen Josan (son with Jimena Gomez-Paratcha)
Keith Relf, Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja, John Paul Jones, Nicky Hopkins, Robert Plant, John Bonham, Alan White, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton
Scotty Moore, James Burton, Elvis Presley
James Patrick Page OBE (born 9 January 1944) is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
London, New York, Los Angeles
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Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Skiffle, Blues
Guitar, Mandolin, Appalachian dulcimer, Theremin, Bass, Banjo, Harmonica, Dobro, Sitar, Keyboards, Tambura, Hurdy Gurdy, Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, Ukulele
Swan Song, Atlantic, Geffen, Fontana, Mercury
Led Zeppelin, the Yardbirds, the Honeydrippers, the Firm, Page and Plant, Coverdale and Page, Xyz, the Black Crowes, the Edge, Jack White, Herman's Hermits, the Kinks, Joe Cocker, Donovan, Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages
Blues, Folk, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
The Yardbirds, The Firm, Coverdale•Page, The Black Crowes