Jimmy Page PhotoJames Patrick Page
BORN: January 9, 1944, Heston, Middlesex, England

James Patrick Page is one of the most successful rock guitarists to come out of England in the '60s. Born in Heston, Page was playing recording sessions in London studios while still in his teens, and his guitar can be heard on many of the records made there in the mid-'60s. Page turned down an initial offer to join the Yardbirds, then changed his mind and worked with the group until its demise in 1968. He then formed Led Zeppelin, which was the predominant hard rock/heavy metal band in popular music until 1980. After the group split, Page was less active, though he formed another hard rock quartet, the Firm, in the mid-'80s. He released his own solo album in 1988.

In 1993, Page released his collaboration with former Whitesnake vocalist David Coverdale, Coverdale/Page. While it featured some fine playing by Page, it was hampered by lackluster songs. Following a tour, the duo broke up.

Page reunited with Robert Plant in 1994 for an MTV Unplugged television show and an album, No Quarter, both of which featured revamped versions of Led Zeppelin songs. They also launched a tour that ran into 1995. That same year, Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, this being the second time a Page-related band got the nod from the Hall (in 1992, the Yardbirds were honored). 1998 saw Plant and Page issue an album of all-new material, Walking into Clarksdale, which was surprisingly not well received by the public, sinking from sight shortly after its release. The duo went their separate ways by the late '90s, as Page joined the Black Crowes for a tour and live album (2000's Live at the Greek). The same year as the album's release, another Crowes/Page tour was cut short due to a back injury Page suffered. But in June of 2001, Page took to the concert stage alongside Plant to celebrate the 60th birthday of their friend, folk artist Roy Harper. ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide