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Jimmy Page

James Patrick Page, known as Jimmy Page, (born January 9, 1944) is one of the most influential guitarists in rock and roll. He was the founding member for the band Led Zeppelin and, prior to that, a member of The Yardbirds from late 1966 through 1968.

Page was born in Heston,Middlesex-Britain[?].

Before joining the Yardbirds, Page spent much of his time doing session guitar work, with his most notable work as the rhythm guitarist on The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" (1964) (not the famous guitar solo, which was by Dave Davies[?]), the guitar part on Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" (1966), and recorded a lead guitar part on The Who's first single I Can't Explain[?], although there is disagreement over whether or not it was used.

Jimmy Page is often thought of as a quintessential rock guitar hero, being in the same class of talent as peers such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and the late Jimi Hendrix. Page and Beck, who grew up near each other in England and both spent time as guitarists for the Yardbirds, were among the first guitarists to help popularize the use of electronic feedback and distortion with the Roger Mayer fuzzbox. Jimmy produced all of the Led Zeppelin albums.

After Led Zeppelin broke up in 1980, Page did various side projects such as The Firm, the mostly forgettable Coverdale Page, "Outrider" and an album with The Black Crowes. He also reunited with Robert Plant to do two albums and successful tours in 1995 and 1998. They did an MTV "Unledded" special showcasing their album "No Quarter", a compilation featuring restyled Led Zeppelin songs.

Discography

Jimmy Page's pre-Zeppelin session recordings can also be found on various compilation albums.

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