In the summer of 1966, Jeff Beck had invited me to a Yardbirds show at the May Ball at Queen's College, Oxford, where the band were to perform in a giant marquee. They were really playing well that night but the audience of penguin-suited university bods were mainly unreceptive and too busy being loud drunks. During the set, Keith Relf became disenchanted with the audience and morphed into what would later be termed a punk, with colourful language and insults to what was a drunken bunch of Hoorays. Keith was wobbling but he finished the set with suitable angst. I thought he was brilliant under the circumstances, but Paul Samwell Smith left the band that evening. Three days after the Oxford gig, on this day in '66, The Yardbirds had this date at London's Marquee Club with no bass player. In the event that Paul was not going to return, I volunteered to play bass with them. This was my debut. It was not an easy job to fill the massive powerhouse role set by Paul Samwell Smith, but I pulled it off. @ Marquee Club
On this day in 2008, I received an honorary doctorate of music at the University of Surrey at Guildford Cathedral. I had visited the Cathedral before in my Epsom choirboy days, but over forty years later receiving this degree was a moving experience for me and my family, who were also present at the ceremony. The University had some cool facilities and students were up to some interesting music, with sound engineers graduating in digital and analogue recording.
On this day in 1969, I played the TV programme 'Tous En Scene - Antenne Culturelle du Kremlin-Bicêtre' in Paris with @ledzeppelin. The two songs that were featured in various TV shows and TV series to promote the bands work with reference to the first album were 'Communication Breakdown' and 'Dazed and Confused'. With some of these TV shows at the time, it became more obvious that wanting to perform our material live and the quality of the TV recording just wasn't working - like mixing oil and water. Also on ths day, in 2009, I met the gorgeous Miss Alison Mosshart from The Kills, and recently with Jack White's Dead Weather at the LA Film Festival. I'd seen the band premiere at the Roxy two days before. Photo: Jean-Pierre Leloir (1969) @ Paris, France
On this day in 1965, I went to see @johnmayallofficial & the Bluesbreakers at the Pontiac Club in Putney, London. It showcased @ericclapton magnificent mastery of the blues guitar. Eric came to stay at my home in Epsom that night as I had told him about the recordings and guitar sound I was getting from my Simon recorder. We played together and tracks surfaced on the 'Blues Anytime' series on Immediate Records. I went on to produce 'I'm Your Witchdoctor' and 'Telephone Blues' with Mayall and Clapton, as well as 'Sitting on Top of the World' and 'Double Crossing Time'. @ Putney
On this day in 1966, I played acoustic on Chris Farlowe's 'Out Of Time' and you can hear it soloing in the middle of the song. It's a Jagger/Richards composition and Farlowe's version is brilliant. It went to No. 1 and was in the UK charts for 40 weeks. This is the acoustic which was played on the song. Purchase your copy of Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds: The Beginning... via JimmyPage.com now - recorded at RG Jones Sound Studios in Morden, London in 1961 and released via the website in 2017. @ London, United Kingdom
On this day in 1999, I performed at the Unicef Kosovo Appeal in London. When the troubles in Kosovo finally subsided there was a hasty fundraiser put together at the banqueting halls in Whitehall. I'd been asked to play this event and I played it with my group at the time: Michael Lee on drums and Guy Pratt on bass. I played an instrumental version of 'Dazed and Confused' and I was told people got the idea of the movements being like a classical piece. It must have been quite spirited as apparently it registered on the highly sophisticated sensor equipment at the Ministry of Defence! 📡🎸⚡️ Photo: ©️ Ross Halfin (1999)
During 1965, I had been introducing my recently acquired Danelectro guitar onto various studio dates. This [first] photograph is from a session that appeared to combine all the guitarists from the session register for a project organised by arranger Mike Leander. The guitars would play the orchestral parts of a popular classical piece. It may have been from Bizet's 'Carmen' - it was a joyous cacophony! Also on this day, in 2014 it was announced that I will be presented with a Silver Clef award in July. A big thank you to Nordoff Robbins and everyone involved. Here's a description and details of the Danelectro below from The @metmuseum current guitar exhibition 'Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll' which is open now in New York City until 1st October 2019. "Page bought this guitar from London's Selmer shop in 1963 for his session recording work and first played it live in 1967 with the Yardbirds on his instrumental piece "White Summer." He used it in "Celtic tuning," the alternate tuning with strings tuned to DADGAD, with Led Zeppelin on "When The Levee Breaks," "In My Time of Dying," "Kashmir," and "Black Mountain Side." "Semi-hollow body; tempered Masonite top and back, poplar neck, core, and sides, rosewood fingerboard; 25 in. scale; black finish; two single-coil pickups, three-way selector switch, two concentric volume and tone controls; bridge replaced with Leo Quan Badass Bridge." Photo 2: Dick Barnatt, 1975 Photo 3: Jan Persson, 1970 Photo 4: Scarlet Page, 2008 Photo 5 & 6: Jonathan Bayer, 2019 @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
On this day in 1963, 'Sweet and Tender Romance' was released. The original release by Carter Lewis & The Southerners was to be re-recorded by a host of artists including Dave Berry and PJ Proby and I played on most of them. One by The McKinleys came out in 1964 and The Bangles also covered this version. Photo: Mark and Colleen Hayward/Getty Images, 1963: JP, Ken Lewis, John Carter and Viv Prince outside the British Museum in London @ British Museum
On this day in 2003, I went to Japan to promote the @ledzeppelin DVD 'How The West Was Won'. There was a screening of an edited showcase promo of the Led Zeppelin DVD and a Question & Answer session in Tokyo with me. The video source is from 1972. Led Zeppelin had played in Japan and then went to Australia where the visuals of this video come from, the sound source is from California and the mixing was done at Sarm Studios (previously Island Studios - a former playground of Led Zeppelin - in London). #ledzeppelin #onthisday #onthisdayinmusic #rock #rocknroll #musichistory
On this day in 1995, Page and Plant played Milan 🇮🇹 This was my second attempt to play Milan after having been tear-gassed on the first time with Led Zeppelin. During the morning of the show, there was a message from the festival site that it was waterlogged and they couldn't get the trucks with our equipment in. However, the ever-resourceful road crew managed to perform the near impossible and the festival was to continue. When I arrived I saw Terence Trent D'Arby performing - he was happening, albeit rain soaked. We performed our set and had an interesting communion with the inclement weather. That evening Porl Thompson guested with his former bandmates The Cure as we skidded and slid away from the festival site. Photo: Ross Halfin, 1995 (Wembley, UK) @ London, United Kingdom
On this day in 1986, I was invited to be part of the celebrations for Les Paul’s 72nd birthday, at the newly-opened Hard Rock Café in New York. Naturally there was a substantial amount of guitarists who wanted to celebrate Les’ birthday: Jeff Beck and Robby Krieger to name just two. The evening began with Andy Williams singing ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco’ - a truly memorable moment. I think most of the guitarists there that night played a number or two on the stage, I know I did, I was the first one on. The love and respect for Les was, and still is, immeasurable amongst musicians and guitarists. We miss him a lot. @ Hard Rock Cafe New York
On this day in 2018, work on the official book ‘Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin’ was almost complete. Images were carefully selected and annotated by myself, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones. We were photographed here in May 2018 with the working draft of the book, which was published in October 2018 by Reel Art Press to celebrate fifty years since the formation of the band. “[the book] covers the group’s unparalleled musical career and features photographs of @ledzeppelin on and offstage from their very first moments together. This definitive 400-page volume includes previously unpublished photos, artwork from the Led Zeppelin archives and contributions from photographers around the world.” Purchase your copy now @ledzeppelinbook or @reelartpress ____________________ 📸 Dave Brolan/Reel Art Press, 2018 #ledzeppelin #rocknroll #rockmusic #musicphotography #musicphotographer #jimmypage @ London, United Kingdom
During the post-O2 period, I had been playing new material with Jason Bonham and John Paul Jones at rehearsal rooms. I was asked to play with the Foo Fighters at Wembley. This was after the Led Zeppelin show at the O2 attended by Dave Grohl. So, on this day in 2008, John Paul Jones and I played 'Ramble On' and Dave sang with Taylor Hawkins on drums. Then Taylor swapped drums with Dave and he sang 'Rock and Roll'. Dave Grohl said "You guys should come to the States and record with us". I didn't hear anything more from Grohl, and John Paul Jones' communications seemed to dim. The next I heard, they were promoting their new group. 📸 Ross Halfin, 2008 @ Wembley Stadium
On this day in 1969, Johnny Cash released his legendary prison album San Quentin. I only once played in a prison, Holloway Women's Prison in London with Neil Christian and the Crusaders. Johnny Cash was born on February 26th 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas and on his birthday, 33 years later, my solo single She Just Satisfies was released in 1965.
On this day in 1998, Page & Plant played Nashville, TN. ⠀⠀ No, we didn't play the Grand Ole Opry, but on the 'Walking Into Everywhere' tour Page and Plant walked into the Nashville Arena. This gave us a good opportunity to visit the Noshville Katz Kosher Deli. ⠀⠀ Egyptian Intro/Wanton Song Bring It On Home Heartbreaker Ramble On Walking Into Clarksdale No Quarter Shining In The Light Going To California Tangerine Gallow's Pole Heart In Your Hand Babe I'm Gonna Leave You How Many More Times w/ Nobody's Fault But Mine Most High Whole Lotta Love Thank You Rock And Roll ⠀⠀ 📸 Ross Halfin, 1998 @ Nashville, Tennessee
This was the last time the four live Yardbirds would play Los Angeles. The intrepid warriors played the Shrine Auditorium on this day in 1968. This was not the last date of the US tour, we had two more dates, both at The Montgomery International Speedway in Alabama, before the curtains would close on this incarnation of The Yardbirds in the USA.
On this day in 1975, it was the last Earls Court concert for Led Zeppelin for a run of nine. I'm Morocco-bound from here. I went to Morocco with Robert Plant and stayed at La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech. We had many an adventure in Ouarzazate, Essaouira, Guelmim and also Agadir. But it was the intoxication of the Jemaa el-Fnaa, the medieval central market square of Marrakech that we would return to some twenty years later in 1995 to perform Yallah (The Truth Explodes) during the recording of the Unledded Page & Plant project.
On this day in 2004, I presented B.B. King with the Polar Music Prize. It was an honour to be invited to be a part of this, as B.B. King was a figure who inspired generations of musicians, from his contemporaries to the present day. Also a recipient of the music prize that day was György Ligeti - the avant garde classical composer whose Lux Aeterna was featured in the film '2001: A Space Odyssey' 🚀
On this day in 1968, I played the first of three dates with The Yardbirds at the "mecca" of the underground, The Fillmore in San Francisco. Numbers featured that night were: ⠀⠀ Train Kept A Rollin' Mr You're a Better Man Than I Heartful of Soul Dazed & Confused Shapes of Things White Summer I'm a Man How Many More Years Drinking Muddy Water ⠀⠀ Some of these numbers would appear in the set of the yet-to-be formed @ledzeppelin when we played The Fillmore again seven and half months later, in January 1969. @ San Francisco, California
On this day in 2006, I attended the Polar Music Prize Ceremony at the Konserthuset Royal Philharmonic Concert Hall in Stockholm, which is the same venue as the Nobel Prize Ceremony. Nina Persson of The Cardigans performed 'Whole Lotta Love' at the concert hall. Conny Bloom sang and played acoustically at the dinner reception. Every year, the Polar Music Prize is awarded to someone from the field of popular music and someone from the classical world. This year it had been awarded to Valery Gergiev, the passionate Russian conductor.
#OnThisDay in 1965, I played on Vashti Bunyan's 'Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind'. It was a Jagger/Richards composition, produced by Andrew Oldham and released on Decca. ⠀⠀ Also in this week in 1965, I played guitar on at least six records in the top thirty: the number one spot, Where Are You Now My Love by Jackie Trent; and other artists, including Burt Bacharach, Marianne Faithfull and Francoise Hardy. ⠀⠀ List of records released in May 1965 featuring JP: ⠀⠀ #1 - Where Are You Now My Love (Jackie Trent) #6 - Little Bird (Marianne Faithfull) #18 - All Over The World (Francoise Hardy) #24 - Little Things (Dave Berry) #27 - Trains and Boats and Planes (Burt Bacharach) #30 - Marie (The Bachelors) ⠀⠀ 👆🏻What’s your favourite JP session track?
On this day in 1967, I played with The Yardbirds at the HEC Business School in Paris. The dinner they gave us that night was grotesque and looked like sparrows on rice. I was vegetarian at the time, what the Hec?! It seems not to be documented but I think we played a 'triple' in Paris around this point, ending up at a party for Eddie Barclay, whose Barclay Records was a major label in France. The Yardbirds arrived at the event but somehow we didn't get to play. Brigitte Bardot was there in her leather motorcycle outfit similar to the one on the famous photo of her posing on a motorbike. She looked hot.
On this day in 1975, I began the first date of a set of five at the Earls Court Arena in London with @LedZeppelin. This is the first time that a huge back projection screen had been used in England. Quite a number of hours were spent by the production team convincing the Greater London Council that the lasers, which had recently been employed by us on tour in the USA, were not going to cause substantial damage. ⠀⠀ It is amusing to look back on this now, because the effect was no more than a laser pen, but from little acorns, mighty oaks do grow! ⠀⠀ 🎸💫 #jimmypage #ledzeppelin
#OnThisDay in 1995, I played the LA Forum with Robert Plant. ⠀⠀ This is the first Page & Plant date of two at the Forum in LA on the 'Spring in North America' leg of the World Tour 1995. Augmented by the LA Philharmonic, we were set to introduce the audience to an array of musical colours that they had not previously experienced, with classically trained musicians providing an acoustic pad for our Egyptian string players to fly with exotic melody. ⠀⠀ Did you see Page & Plant on the ‘95 tour? Leave your memories in the comments below 🎸💫