So many things going on… anyway, we’re back. Today’s subject: guitar superhero Jimmy Page.
- The Yardbirds, "Ten Little Indians": Jimmy was already a seasoned session guitarist when he joined the Yardbirds in 1966. "Ten Little Indians" was released in 1967 and Jimmy hated it. It only reached #96.
- Led Zeppelin, "Going To California": The Yardbirds split up in 1968, but still had some dates to play in Scandinavia, so Page was authorized to form The New Yardbirds with Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones. They continued to use the name until they received a cease-and-desist letter. Page had once envisioned starting a band with Jeff Beck and John Entwhistle and Keith Moon of The Who, but was told that would go over "like a lead balloon"; with a few minor changes, Led Zeppelin was born. "Going To California" is from their fourth album (which was never formally named), released in late 1971.
- The Honeydrippers, "Sea Of Love": After the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980, Robert Plant had the idea of forming a band that would have a heavy rhythm & blues influence, which became The Honeydrippers. Both Page and Jeff Beck were members when they recorded their 1984 EP, The Honeydrippers: Volume One, and Page played on the only single they released, a cover of Phil Phillips’s song "Sea Of Love." The song reached #3 on the Hot 100.
- The Firm, "Radioactive": Page formed The Firm with Paul Rodgers (formerly of Free and Bad Company), drummer Chris Slade and bassist Tony Franklin. "Radioactive" was released in 1985, and it reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart that year.
- Page & Plant, "Most High": Page and Robert Plant got together in the mid-1990’s, recorded a couple of albums and did a couple of tours. "Most High" is from their second album, 1998’s Walking Into Clarksale. It reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and Page & Plant received a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1999.
Jimmy Page, your Five For Friday, January 8, 2021.