5 Fun Facts About Jimmy Page

Rock Blog

January 9, 2020
Jimmy Page

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Although most of us know the tasty licks of Led Zeppelin's founding guitar player front to back and inside and out, we should dive into some lesser known facts about this rock and roll legend's life.

 

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1. Before finding success in The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, he was working as a studio session musician in London. In fact, he became one of the most sought-after session musicians of the '60s!

On this day in 1961, I played Holloway Prison with Neil Christian and the Crusaders. During my time with Neil Christian and the Crusaders, the band had somehow managed to get a booking to do a concert at Holloway Women’s Prison, London. Before playing we had to go to the Governor's office where she asked us to give our word that if we knew anyone on the inside we would keep it a secret on the outside. We played a show to the inmates who were dressed in washed out yellow, green, blue and red faded floral print dresses and wearing homemade mascara, using the charcoal from burnt matches. After the show it became evident that quite a large percentage of the women enjoyed themselves as by the time we got back to the Governor's office we could hear the prisoners rioting. But strangely the Governor appeared oblivious to the hubbub!

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2. He's a member of the The Clyde McPhatter Club, meaning he's one of only 24 people to have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame more than once. 

 

3. Jimmy Page was inspired to take up guitar at age 12 by the one and only Elvis Presley, and it was the song "Baby Let's Play House" that hooked him.

 

4. His father was James Patrick Page, and his son is James Patrick Page, making him the Junior!

 

5. He's a huge Soundgarden fan, which he revealed when he paid tribute to Chris Cornell with a video message at the tribute show last January. You can hear his tribute at the very beginning of this YouTube video.

 

Happy Birthday, Mr. Page!! 

 

Happy Rocking,

 

Taryn Daly

#TarynItUp