A Rock God Celebrates A Birthday Today!

Via RollingStone.com. James Patrick Page was born 75 years ago today in Heston, Hounslow, United Kingdom. The future musician, songwriter, and producer was inspired by Elvis Presley to pick up a guitar at the age of 13.

Practice paid off as he became an in demand session musician in London's thriving rock scene, working with such acts as the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Who. In 1966 he became a member of The Yardbirds, but the band fizzled out by 1968, and Page formed a new band to play some remaining Yardbirds concert dates. Initially calling themselves the New Yardbirds, the band consisted of John Paul Jones on bass and keyboards, John "Bonzo" Bonham on drums, and Robert Plant on lead vocals.

Led Zeppelin, was born...

As a birthday present to all of us, here's a clean recording of Jimmy performing an instrumental version of his signature song, "Stairway To Heaven", in Phoenix Arizona in 1988.  As delirious fans hold up lighters, Page fingerpicks the song’s intro on the six-string portion of his signature double-neck guitar. He then switches to 12-string and begins strumming the verse, with the rhythm section joining him a few minutes later, mirroring the original arrangement. When the bridge riff hits, Page goes full rock god and hoists his guitar vertically. Awesome...

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