TURN The JIMMY PAGE
1/5/2011 12:35:00 PM
Jan. 9th it's Happy Birthday to rock legend Jimmy Page. The Guitarist and leader of Led Zeppelin, first debuted at age 14 in a skffle band on a talent show called "All Your Own", in 1958! He played as a studio "cat" on many other peoples' songs during the British Invasion. Songs by Donovan, The Kinks, Tom Jones (yep), to name a few. He was asked to play in the Yardbirds after Clapton left, but decided he didn't want to go on the road. He was still living at his mother's house and going to work in the recording studio almost like a regular job. He saved $$$$. He eventually joined the Yardbirds at the very end, but was ready to form HIS own band. He then asked John Paul Jones to be bassist while working with him on Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man". Jones was a total studio and music biz pro, like Page himself, and they set out to hire the rest of the band. They went north to find Robert Plant after the first choice, Terry Reid, had to say no due to already being under contract. They found Plant, then Bonham in the industrial north, kind of like going to Detroit from New York, and Zepp was lauched. His abilty in the studio made Zepplein's stuff sound head and shoulders bigger and better than other bands recording in Oct. 68. The other big thing about Page is that Led Zeppelin became a musical "blueprint" that many other bands. including Aerosmith, Van Halen, and Montrose, embraced and ran with. Here's hoping there will be some way we get to see this guy live again, and soon. JIMMY PAGE will be spotlighted on GUITAR GREATS, Friday at 10pm.......This just in... In an obvious LZ ripoff, Starbucks has just unveiled it's new logo, which does NOT have the name Starbucks anywhere on it. Led Zeppelin's 4th album does not have the name Led Zeppelin anywhere on the outside. Neither the front and back covers nor the spine of the album has the words Led Zeppelin. The "blueprint" and influence lives on!