Jimmy Page (full name James Patrick Page; English James Patrick Page; January 9, 1944, Heston, London) - British rock musician, arranger, composer, music producer and guitarist, who stood at the origins of Led Zeppelin and before the very end remained the musical "brain" of the group. Prior to that, he was known as a session guitarist and member of The Yardbirds (from late 1966 to 1968). Page is considered one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time. Rolling Stone magazine named Page the "Pontiff of Power Riffs" and ranked him third on their list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" after Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton (in 2011; before that he was also included in the 2003 list of the same magazine in 9th place). In 2010, he was ranked second on Gibson's 50 Best Guitarists of All Time list, and in 2007 he was ranked fourth on Classic Rock magazine's 100 Greatest Guitar Heroes. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once as a member of the Yardbirds (1992) and once as a member of Led Zeppelin (1995).
James Patrick Page was born on January 9, 1944 in Heston, a western suburb of London, the son of a manager and doctor's secretary. In 1952, the family moved to Miles Road in Epsom. Paige started school at age five; before that he had no peer friends. He recalled:
“This early isolation may have shaped my character. Loner. Many are unable to exist on their own. It scares them. Loneliness doesn't bother me at all. It makes me feel safe. " - From an interview with Jimmy Page in Rolling Stone magazine, 1975.
At the age of 12, Paige first picked up a guitar: an old Spanish acoustics he found in the attic of his house. At first the boy was not interested in the instrument; he wanted to learn how to play it when he heard "Baby, Let’s Play House" by Elvis Presley. “A guy at school showed me the chords and off we go,” Paige recalled. After receiving his first lessons at a music school (in Kingston), he then proceeded to intensified self-education. The first guitarists to influence his playing style were Scotty Moore and James Burton (who played with Elvis Presley). “Baby Let’s Play House” was one of young Page's favorites. Gradually, we began to gather around the gifted guitarist�