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Also Known As: James Page Died:
Born: January 9, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Heston, Middlesex, England, GB Profession:

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an aborted supergroup and recording the score for "Death Wish II" (1982) and "Death Wish III" (1985). In 1983, he appeared alongside fellow Yardbirds alums Beck and Clapton at a series of benefit concerts honoring Small Faces bassist Ronnie Lane. The shows resulted in a brief tour with Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company, who soon formed The Firm with drummer Chris Slade of Uriah Heep and AC/DC and bassist Tony Franklin. Their self-titled debut album reached No. 17 on the Billboard albums chart in 1985, but its follow-up, Mean Business (1986), failed to match its success, and the group folded soon after. Page worked on a variety of projects during the 1980s and early 1990s, including his solo debut album Outrider in 1988 and a collaboration with Whitesnake singer David Coverdale that generated a Top 5 album, Coverdale-Page (1991) but also criticism for what many perceived as a wan attempt to evoke the Zeppelin sound without its surviving members. Zeppelin was a source of considerable tension for Page, Plant and its fans since the breakup in 1980. Though there were several reunions with Jones, most notably at Live Aid in 1985, the results had frequently failed to live up to the expectations of the...

an aborted supergroup and recording the score for "Death Wish II" (1982) and "Death Wish III" (1985). In 1983, he appeared alongside fellow Yardbirds alums Beck and Clapton at a series of benefit concerts honoring Small Faces bassist Ronnie Lane. The shows resulted in a brief tour with Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company, who soon formed The Firm with drummer Chris Slade of Uriah Heep and AC/DC and bassist Tony Franklin. Their self-titled debut album reached No. 17 on the Billboard albums chart in 1985, but its follow-up, Mean Business (1986), failed to match its success, and the group folded soon after. Page worked on a variety of projects during the 1980s and early 1990s, including his solo debut album Outrider in 1988 and a collaboration with Whitesnake singer David Coverdale that generated a Top 5 album, Coverdale-Page (1991) but also criticism for what many perceived as a wan attempt to evoke the Zeppelin sound without its surviving members. Zeppelin was a source of considerable tension for Page, Plant and its fans since the breakup in 1980. Though there were several reunions with Jones, most notably at Live Aid in 1985, the results had frequently failed to live up to the expectations of the players, who constantly thwarted audiencesâ¿¿ desire for a full-fledged reunion. Plantâ¿¿s resistance to make a Zeppelin reunion more or less permanent also created rancor with Page, though the pair appeared to settle their differences for about four years in the mid-1990s, beginning with a 1994 appearance on MTVâ¿¿s "Unplugged" (1989- ) performance series. The appearance was released as the highly successful CD No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded, which was followed by an equally well-received world tour. However, a second album, Walking into Clarksdale (1998), failed to meet its predecessorâ¿¿s level of sales, prompting the pair to split once again.

The following year, Page was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Led Zeppelin. It was his second honor from the hall, having been previously inducted as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992. Page then returned to his journeyman ways, collaborating with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs on the song "Come With Me" for the "Godzilla" (1998) soundtrack, and then recording a double concert album, Live at the Greek, in 2000. In 2006, Led Zeppelin was inducted by an all-star lineup of admirers, including Slash, Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Jack White, into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame, which preceded a 2007 reunion with Plant and Jones at a tribute to Atlantic Records chief Ahmet Ertegun at the 02 Arena in London. The show, which set records for the highest demand for tickets to a single musical performance with over 20 million requests, represented the best performance by the surviving members since the 1970s, which naturally prompted rumors of a reunion. However, Plantâ¿¿s reluctance to abandon his solo career, which had hit its stride with the multi-Grammy-winning Raising Sand (2007) with Alison Krauss, put paid to fansâ¿¿ hopes. Page co-produced the documentary "It Might Get Loud" (2008), which focused on the history of the electric guitar and its role in his career, as well as that of U2â¿¿s the Edge and Jack White. He also appeared opposite R&B singer Leona Lewis at the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics in London, where they performed Zeppelinâ¿¿s "Whole Lotta Love." Two years later, he released a limited-edition photographic autobiography, which marked his publishing debut. In 2011, he contributed to a number of high-profile musical performances in London, including Donovan at the Royal Albert Hall and with Roy Harper at the influential British singer-songwriterâ¿¿s 70th birthday celebration. The following year, Page, Plant and Jones were honored by President Barack Obama at the annual Kennedy Center Honors, where they were presented with the United Statesâ¿¿ highest cultural honor for contributions to the arts.

By Paul Gaitang on three sessions a day for six days a week, eventually spurred him to offer his services to the Yardbirds when bassist Paul Samwell-Smith left the band. He was soon moved to the second guitar slot opposite Beck, but the new lineup fizzled out due to a lack of commercial success and various interpersonal conflicts, including the dismissal of Beck in 1966. Soon after, Beck hired Page, John Paul Jones, and the Whoâ¿¿s rhythm section â¿¿ bassist John Entwhistle and drummer Keith Moon â¿¿ to record a solo single, "Beckâ¿¿s Bolero." Page was seized by the idea of forming a group with the assembled players, which was nixed due to a variety of contractual issues. However, the session did provide Page with a name for a future project: "Lead Zeppelin," which was reportedly coined by Moon after Entwhistle dismissed their proposed supergroup by saying that it would go over like a lead balloon.

Page remained with the Yardbirds for one final album, Little Games (1967), which featured the original Page composition "White Summer," an Eastern-themed instrumental that would later become a staple of Zeppelin concerts. The album stalled below the Top 40 in both America and the U.K., spurring most of the members of the Yardbirds to leave the group. Page was left with a slew of Scandinavian concert dates to fulfill, and soon tapped Jones as a replacement bassist before hiring vocalist Robert Plant and drummer John Bonham to fill out the group. Initially billed as the New Yardbirds, the quartet immediately established itself with an adherence to a heavier sound that blended blues tropes with extended, experimental passages with elements of jazz, classical and Middle Eastern/Indian music. After adopting "Led Zeppelin" â¿¿ intentionally misspelled to avoid mispronunciation as "Leed" Zeppelin â¿¿ as their new moniker, Page led the group to international stardom through a series of classic albums between 1969 and 1975 which featured such staples of FM rock radio as "Whole Lotta Love," "Dazed and Confused," "Kashmir" and the epic "Stairway to Heaven," which had a profound influence on the scope and sound of mainstream rock-n-roll as well as the development of the heavy metal and punk genres.

Zeppelin was also instrumental in transforming Page from a well-regarded session musician to an enduring guitar god for millions of fans and future players. He was equally capable of wringing thunderous riffs and delicate folk trills from his vast array of guitars, including a signature double-necked Gibson model. Page also drew praise for his use of a cello bow with his guitars, which created the otherworldly solos on "Dazed and Confused" and "How Many More Times." He was also an innovative producer, employing unique microphone placement and reverse echo effects to achieve Zeppelinâ¿¿s prodigious yet organic and intimate sound. But as Zeppelin grew in fame, Page also developed an enormous appetite for excess. He participated in the groupâ¿¿s notorious debaucheries, including a considerable drug habit that blossomed into full-blown heroin addiction in the mid-1970s. He also developed a fascination for the occult, as evidenced by the various zodiac and symbols that dotted the bandâ¿¿s album artwork and stage costumes, and his purchase of a bookshop and publishing house devoted to arcane subjects. Page was particularly fascinated with British occultist Aleister Crowley, going so far as to purchase Boleskine Home, his former estate on the banks of Loch Ness, where segments from the Zeppelin concert film "The Song Remains the Same" (1978) were filmed. Eventually, Pageâ¿¿s habits got the better of him, affecting not only his health but also ability to perform and oversee the band. The drug-related death of John Bonham, which led to the dissolution of Led Zeppelin in 1980, had a profound effect on Page, who went into a period of seclusion for nearly two years.

He began a tentative return to music in the early 1980s, collaborating briefly with Chris Squire and Alan White of Yes in

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 Death Wish II (1982)
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 The Pirate (1948) Black barber
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 NetAid (1999)
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 1995 American Music Awards (1995) Honoree; Performer
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