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Jimmy Page

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Jimmy Page - vocals, guitar

Jimmy Page grew up listening to skiffle and he started to develop in this style. Scotty Moore was a major influence and Page claimed that his solo on Elvis Presley's Baby Let's Play House encouraged him to take up the guitar. Although he had trouble finding other musicians to play with, Neil Christian asked him to play with his group the Crusaders. He played with the band for two years and this included a number of recording such as 1962's The Road to Love. Page then left the band to return to art college. He carried on playing the occasional gig with blues bands such as Cyril Davies' All Stars and Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated. He was then offered session work, his first record being Jet Harris & Tony Meehan's Diamonds which reached number 1.

Jimmy Page soon became one of the most sought-after session guitarists. He played on sessions by the Kinks, The Who's Bald Headed Woman, Them, Marianne Faithfull, The Nashville Teens, Dave Berry and more. He also recalled in an interview having contributed some incidental music to the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night film.

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