Today is Jimmy Page's birthday. Hold on to your seat--the man (and that's what he is after all, the man
) is 68. The rock and roll legend, one-time '60s London studio ace, and mastermind behind Led Zeppelin has his Nigel Tufnel moments now and again (can you blame him?) but he really can’t be beat. For most of us, the Les Paul is not Les' iconic axe, it's Jimmy's
. If ever there was a true fan of our guitars and our Kalamazoo history, it's Jimmy Page.
Jimmy Page was the man-about-town in the London '60s studio scene. You can hear him on The Who's "I Can't Explain," the Nashville Teens' "Tobacco Road," Them's "Baby, Please Don't Go," and Petula Clark's "Downtown" to name only a few. More than half of everything recorded in England in the ‘60s that made the pop charts had Jimmy Page playing guitar. And that was only the beginning.
Here's the young man on an archtop (wishing it was an Epiphone), getting some tv time during the skiffle craze. In just a few short years, Page would have the audience dazed and confused. There's something very charming about English television from this time. No one had any idea what was coming next. Except perhaps for the boy with the cool haircut who already knew he wants to do "biological research" when he gets out of school. Happy Birthday, Jimmy!