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Jimmy Page

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James Patrick "Jimmy" Page OBE is a British guitarist, songwriter and record producer. Page began his career as a studio session musician in London and by the mid-1960s, had become the most sought-after session guitarist in the UK. He was a member of the Yardbirds from 1966 to 1968. He achieved worldwide fame as the lead guitarist, record producer and founder of the English rock band Led Zeppelin.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1944 Birth James Patrick Page was born to James Patrick Page Sr. and Patricia Elizabeth Page (née Gaffikin) in the west London suburb of Heston on 9 January 1944, which today forms part of the London Borough of Hounslow. … Read More
1952 8 Years Old In 1952, they moved to Feltham and then to Miles Road, Epsom in Surrey, which is where Page came across his first guitar. "I don't know whether guitar was left behind by the people the house before us, or whether it was a friend of the family's—nobody seemed to know why it was there." … Read More

TEENAGE

1957 13 Years Old 1 More Event
Although he appeared on BBC1 in 1957 with a Hofner President, Page states that his first guitar was a second-hand 1959 Futurama Grazioso, later replaced by a Fender Telecaster. … Read More
1960 16 Years Old Following stints backing recitals by Beat poet Royston Ellis at the Mermaid Theatre between 1960–61, and singer Red E. Lewis, he was asked by singer Neil Christian to join his band, The Crusaders, after Christian had seen a fifteen-year-old Page playing in a local hall.
1962 18 Years Old Page toured with Christian for approximately two years and later played on several of his records, including the 1962 single, "The Road to Love." … Read More
1963 19 Years Old His first session for the label was the recording "Diamonds" by Jet Harris and Tony Meehan, which went to Number 1 on the singles chart in early 1963. … Read More

TWENTIES

1964 20 Years Old Page's studio gigs in 1964 included Marianne Faithfull's "As Tears Go By", The Nashville Teens' "Tobacco Road", The Rolling Stones' "Heart of Stone", Van Morrison & Them's "Baby Please Don't Go", "Mystic Eyes," and "Here Comes the Night", Dave Berry's "The Crying Game" and "My Baby Left Me", Brenda Lee's "Is It True," and Petula Clark's "Downtown". … Read More
In 1965, Page was hired by Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham to act as house producer and A&R man for the newly formed Immediate Records label, which allowed him to play on and/or produce tracks by John Mayall, Nico, Chris Farlowe, Twice as Much and Clapton.
1966 22 Years Old On 16 May 1966, drummer Keith Moon, bass player John Paul Jones, keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, Jeff Beck and Page recorded "Beck's Bolero" in London's IBC Studios. … Read More
1968 24 Years Old After the departure of Keith Relf and Jim McCarty in 1968, Page reconfigured the group with a new line-up to fulfil unfinished tour dates in Scandinavia. … Read More

THIRTIES

1980 36 Years Old Led Zeppelin broke up in 1980 following the death of Bonham at Page's home. … Read More
1981 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Page made a return to the stage at a Jeff Beck show in March 1981 at the Hammersmith Odeon.
1982 38 Years Old In 1982, Page collaborated with director Michael Winner to record the Death Wish II soundtrack. … Read More
1983 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983, Page appeared with the A.R.M.S. (Action Research for Multiple sclerosis) charity series of concerts which honoured Small Faces bassist Ronnie Lane, who suffered from the disease. … Read More

FORTIES

1984 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Page next linked up with Roy Harper for the 1984 album Whatever Happened to Jugula? and occasional concerts, performing a predominantly acoustic set at folk festivals under various guises such as the MacGregors and Themselves.
1986 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1986, Page reunited temporarily with his ex-Yardbirds bandmates to play on several tracks of the Box of Frogs album Strange Land.
1988 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Page released a solo album entitled Outrider in 1988, which featured contributions from Plant, with Page contributing in turn to Plant's solo album Now and Zen, which was released the same year. … Read More

FIFTIES

1994 50 Years Old In 1994, Page reunited with Plant for the penultimate performance in MTV's "Unplugged" series. … Read More
1998 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Following a highly successful mid-'90s tour to support No Quarter, Page and Plant recorded 1998's Walking into Clarksdale, along with drummer Michael Lee.
1999 55 Years Old In October 1999, Page teamed up with The Black Crowes for a two-night performance of material from the Led Zeppelin catalogue and old blues and rock standards. … Read More
2001 57 Years Old In 2001 he made an appearance on stage with Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst and Wes Scantlin of Puddle of Mudd at the MTV Europe Video Music Awards in Frankfurt, where they performed a version of Led Zeppelin's "Thank You".

LATE ADULTHOOD

2005 - 2007 2 More Events
For the 2008 Olympics, Jimmy Page, David Beckham and Leona Lewis represented Britain during the closing ceremonies on 24 August 2008. … Read More
2009 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Page also participated in the three-part BBC documentary London Calling: The making of the Olympic handover ceremony on 4 March 2009.
In January 2010, Page announced an autobiography published by Genesis Publications, in a hand-crafted, limited edition of 2,150 copies.
On 3 June 2011, Page played with Donovan at the Royal Albert Hall in London. … Read More
2012 - 2013 2 More Events
On 10 May 2014, Page was presented an Honorary Doctorate Degree at the Berklee College Of Music commencement ceremony in Boston, Massachusetts.
2015 71 Years Old He spoke about his prospects for hitting the road, saying: «I haven't put musicians together yet but I'm going to do that next year 2015. … Read More
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