Jimmy Page, guitarist
The Yardbirds ~ Led Zeppelin
birth name: James Patrick Page

Jimmy Page

January 9, 1944, Heston, Middlesex, England

Unquestionably one of the all-time most influential, important, and versatile guitarists and songwriters in rock history is Jimmy Page. Just about every rock guitarist from the late '60s/early '70s to the present day has been influenced by Page's work with Led Zeppelin - his monolithic riffs served as a blueprint for what would eventually become heavy metal, yet he refused to be pigeonholed to any single musical style (touching upon folk, country, funk, blues, and other genres). ~ Allmusic: Jimmy Page ~ retrieved January 7, 2014 © Allmusic

Though the argument over who is the greatest rock guitarist of all time will probably rage on forever, one name that seems to appear on everyone's list is that of Jimmy Page. ~ Musicianguide: Jimmy Page ~ retrieved June 13, 2013 © Musicianguide

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January 9, 1988 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) George Michael, Faith ~ #2 (4) George Harrison, Got My Mind Set On You ~ #1 (2) Whitney Houston, So Emotional


The unforgettable guitar that made the multi-part Stairway To Heaven a certifiable epic, the Led Zeppelin guitarist's double neck Gibson - 12 strings on top, six on the bottom - has spawned plenty of imitators. ~ Rolling Stone: 20 Iconic Guitars, Jimmy Page ~ May 23, 2012 © Rolling Stone

Jimmy Page ~ Voted #3 Ultimate Guitar Top 10 Greatest Rock Guitarists in 2012 ~ He might have a penchant for stealing blues riffs from poor defenceless musicians and passing them off as his own, but his ability can't be disputed. Whether he's wielding a pick or a violin bow, Page knows better than most how to make a guitar weep, scream and soar. ~ 2012 © Ultimate Guitar

As a Session musician, guest or band member

The Yardbirds

some band info might not apply to Page, who joined in 1966

Although the British rock and roll scene of the 1960s introduced bands more popular and longer-lived than the Yardbirds, only a few can match that august quintet for their lasting influence. Extant only from 1963 to 1968, the Yardbirds were crucial to the development of rock and roll from its roots in rhythm and blues to its growth into psychedelia and heavy metal. At the heart of the band's distinctive sound were three of rock's most gifted guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Each shouldered lead guitar duties during the band's brief history - Beck and Page simultaneously at one point - and their technical innovations, as well as the prominence they have achieved since, have combined to create a Yardbirds legacy that has lasted considerably longer than the band itself. ~ Musicianguide: The Yardbirds ~ retrieved January 9, 2014 © Musicianguide

The Yardbirds ~ Ranked #89 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “Listen to Somebody, a song I wrote for Aerosmith's first album: It's all from the Yardbirds. They were the shit to us, out of all the British bands in the Sixties. The Yardbirds were a bit of a mystery. They had an eclecticism - the Gregorian chant-ness of the vocals, the melodic diversity, the way they used guitar feedback. I loved that weirdness.” ~ Steven Tyler, Aerosmith ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

The Yardbirds ~ Shapes Of Things ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

Led Zeppelin

It wasn't just Led Zeppelin's thunderous volume, sledgehammer beat, and edge-of-mayhem arrangements that made it the most influential and successful heavy-metal pioneer. It was the band's finesse. Like its ancestors the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin used a guitar style that drew heavily on the blues; its early repertoire included remakes of songs by Howlin' Wolf, Albert King, and Willie Dixon (who later won a sizable settlement from the band in a suit in which he alleged copyright infringement). But Jimmy Page blessed the group with a unique understanding of the guitar and the recording studio as electronic instruments, and of rock as sculptured sound; like Jimi Hendrix, Page had a reason for every bit of distortion, feedback, reverberation, and out-and-out noise that he incorporated. Few of the many acts that try to imitate Led Zeppelin can make the same claim. ~ Rolling Stone: Led Zeppelin ~ retrieved January 7, 2014 © Rolling Stone

Led Zeppelin ~ Ranked #1 VH-1 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists in 2000.

In 2012 two Led Zeppelin albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #376 Led Zeppelin IV (1971) ~ #225 Led Zeppelin I (1969)

Led Zeppelin ~ Led Zeppelin II (1969) ~ Ranked #5 Spin 25 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 1989.

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