Happy birthday, Jimmy Page! The iconic guitarist – who not only crafted some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest riffs but also co-wrote almost all of Led Zeppelin’s songs and produced the band’s albums – turns 70 today (Jan. 9).
Page remembers those early Led Zeppelin days, when he formed the group from the ashes of the Yardbirds with singer Robert Plant, bass player John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Page said he always felt Led Zeppelin was his band.
“There was no doubt about that,” he said. “At that time, absolutely. I'm the one presenting the material and giving the ideas, how these things should be done. But the ruthless efficiency – everybody went into the first album with that.”
He added, “Everybody knew how good we were. And we were strict in that if we were writing something and it sounded like something else we'd done, we'd immediately drop it. There was one tipping of the hat: ‘Tea for One,’ which was like ‘Since I've Been Loving You’ (on Led Zeppelin III). That was intentional, to apply a different feel to that blues.”
Led Zeppelin parted ways in 1980 following the tragic death of Bonham at the age of 32. Over the years, Page has stayed active in music, playing in a handful of projects in the ‘80s and ‘90s and putting out solo and collaborative albums. We here at Gibson.com wish him a happy birthday and many more great years to come.
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