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Jimmy Page: Legendary guitarist

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Your randy writer was wildly waxing nostalgic again about a wild, wet weekend with a much younger, sexy gal guitarist/vocalist (because he knows it probably won’t ever happen again) and oddly enough it brought to mind some in-between rounds pillow talk about legendary guitarists. (Yes, sadly, your now single scribe is almost always thinking about music no matter where he is and what --or whom--he is doing.) All this reflection brought to mind an article your now easily available author wrote for a tres cool albeit now defunct website. Specifically, the article in question was about none other than Led Zeppelin’s guitarist Jimmy Page.

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Englishman Jimmy Page has been rocking since the age of 14. As a member of The Yardbirds (1966 through 1968) and the founder of the heavy metal band Led Zeppelin, Page, born in 1944, has since gone on to become arguably one of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock and roll. Page, who is still a songwriter, producer and a multi-instrumental artist, is still regularly listed in many music publications as an award-winning guitar hero of note.

His guitar work with Led Zeppelin made the band an actual prototype upon which numerous other younger/later bands would base their own acts. In fact, certain guitar riffs employed by Page would later inspire specific later guitarists such as Johnny Ramone of The Ramones and Brian May of Queen. His solos would later inspire such greats as Eddy Van Halen of Van Halen. Page’s dual guitar harmonies would even inspire the signature sound of later bands such as Boston. Even his finger-picking has been praised by such sources as MSNBC. Page pioneered many guitar-playing techniques that no one before had ever attempted.

Rolling Stone magazine noted that Page is perhaps one of the most frequently digitally sampled artists in the industry today. Other popular guitarists who admit to being inspired and/or influenced by Page include Joe Satriani, Kiss’ Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora, AC/DC’s Angus Young, Metallica’s James Hetfield and Guns and Roses’ Slash to name but a few. Indeed, even other rock ‘n’ roll legends such as The Who’s Roger Daltrey and The Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards have both expressed a desire to work and perform alongside Page. Finally, perhaps Classic Rock magazine stated it the best when they awarded Page the “Living Legend Award” in 2007.

So there you have it, rock an’ rollers, the legendary Jimmy Page in 300 words or less. It was a challenge but your crusty chronicler managed to hit most of the guitar-related high points even if we all know that Page’s career cannot truly be totally summed up in so short an article. After all, the man is still rockin’ as we speak!

My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.

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