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

His work with Zeppelin made him one of rock's most important and influential guitar players, writers, and producers. ~ Rolling Stone: Jimmy Page ~ retrieved January 7, 2014 © Rolling Stone

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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

Their innovations - a revved-up instrumental attack, controlled use of feedback, distortion and fuzz; and live, improvisational jams they called ‘rave ups’ - paved the way for psychedelic rock, progressive rock, heavy metal, Southern boogie and even punk. ~ Rolling Stone: The Yardbirds ~ retrieved March 12, 2014 © Rolling Stone

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 ~ Having A Rave Up With The Yardbirds (1965) ~ Ranked #355 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ This is the bridge between beat groups and psychedelia. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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 #14 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “Heavy metal would not exist without Led Zeppelin, and if it did, it would suck. Led Zeppelin were more than just a band - they were the perfect combination of the most intense elements: passion and mystery and expertise.” ~ Dave Grohl, Nirvana ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

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)

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