Celebrate Jimmy Page’s 70th Birthday With His 20 Greatest Pre-Zeppelin Session Guitarist Tracks

by (@JordanRuntagh)

17. “Leave My Kitten Alone” by The First Gear (1964)

This unassuming cover of a Little Willie John number by a little known five-piece group from Yorkshire bears the distinction of having one of the greatest early solos that ever came cartwheeling off Page’s strings. Seriously, this one might give you whiplash! The cut was produced, once again, by Shel Talmy of Kinks and Who fame.

 

16. “Baby I Go For You” by The Blue Rondos (1964)

The Rondos were produced by the influential Joe Meek, a sort of British Phil Spector. Unfortunately sonic trailblazing isn’t the only trait they share; Meek was deeply disturbed and shot his landlady dead in 1967 before turning the gun on himself. Despite many published sources to the contrary (Page’s website among them), there are some who say that the solo was actually taken by guitarist Roger Hall. But even if the licks aren’t played by one of the greatest guitar gods of all time, they’re definitely worthy of him!

 

15. “Baby Please Don’t Go” by Van Morrison and Them (1964)

Same story as the Kinks and the Who: It’s unclear what exactly Page contributed to the Belfast boys’ debut album (and first few singles). He’s thought to have played on “Gloria”, “Here Comes The Night”, and “Mystic Eyes”, but it’s still up for heated debate. However, it seems likely that it’s indeed Page laying it down on this Big Joe Williams number.

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