Jimmy Page: Biography
Jimmy Page was born on January 9, 1944 in a London suburb. Jimmy first expressed an interest in guitar in 1956 when he was around twelve years old. Jimmy was heavily influenced by the likes of James Burton, Johnny Day, Chuck Berry and B.B. King. He also expressed a large interest in acoustic folk music, something that would carry on in his days in Led Zeppelin. Starting in the mid 1960s, Jimmy became a much sought after studio guitarist in England. He played on recordings by The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and Van Morrison just to name a few. It was around that time that he was picked up by the Yardbirds to replace outgoing guitarist Eric Clapton. Page played alongside Jeff Beck in the Yardbirds before they fell apart in the late '60s. After that, Page wanted to create his own band, called the New Yardbirds but manager Peter Grant changed the name to Led Zeppelin after Keith Moon of the Who joked that "that band would go down like a lead balloon." Led Zeppelin consisted of Robert Plant on vocals, John Bonham on drums, John Paul Jones on bass and Jimmy on guitars. Led Zeppelin sounded like no other and they rocked many fans throughout the 1970s until early 1980 when drummer John Bonham died from alcohol poisoning. However, through that era, Page inspired many guitar players like Slash of Guns N' Roses and Edward Van Halen of Van Halen, who is featured elsewhere in this site.

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