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Jimmy Page s incredible career spans four decades appearing on an innumerable list of recordings Best known for his trademark Les Pauls double-neck guitar and riff-master deluxe his contributions to rock history are nearly unmatched He first picked up a guitar as a child curiously plucking away on a Spanish acoustic given to the family Soon after Page became entranced with rock and roll inspired by Elvis Presleys Baby Lets Play House The rest is history In the early sixties he performed and recorded with several bands including Carter Lewis the Southerners and Neil Christian the Crusaders His first taste of success came with an early session in 1963 that reached 1 Diamonds by Jet Harris Tony Meehan featuring Page on guitar In a rare hand-written letter in 1963 sent just after this single peaked Page expressed his excitement I was lucky enough to play backing guitar on Diamonds the ex-Shadows Jet Harris Tony Meehan You can understand how knocked out I was when it made 1 position writes Page Incredibly a 19-year-old Jimmy Page writes to his American friend Ron Kellerman asking Do you think there would be interest in America for a guitarist like me This is by far one of the biggest understatements in music history Soon after Page became one of the hottest session guitarists in the UK turning down an offer to join the Yardbirds after Clapton left Of course he later joined the Yardbirds in 1966 in a brief guitar super-group with Jeff Beck and taking over the lead guitar spot until the groups demise in 1968 The formation of Led Zeppelin in the summer of 1968 would bring unparalleled success Through Zep Page could unleash his playing and songwriting in a variety of styles blues folk Indian etc but the magic of Led Zeppelin created an unimaginable chemistry of its own It would
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