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

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14. “Skinny Minnie” by Carl-Lewis and the Southerners (1964)

Page started off as a session man on this big beat group’s first single in 1962, but within a few years he played on so many recordings that he was nearly accepted as a full-time member, even posing for photo-shoots with the band! Viv Prince, later of  psych-pop legends the Pretty Things, also shared instrumental duties on this Bill Haley and the Comets cover.

Bonus points: Band founders John Carter and Ken Lewis penned the Herman’s Hermits‘ hit “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat”, which Page reportedly also played on.

 

13. “Don’t Turn Your Back On Me” by Jackie De Shannon (1964)

Page worked a great deal with the beautiful American songstress after she traveled to England in 1964, and they even dated for a short time. “I’ve never found a guitarist who could adapt so quickly to the sort of things I’m doing,” she said of their (studio) time together, which yielded a single, an album, and six compositions. That’s Jimmy laying down some complex patterns on an acoustic 12-string, offering up further proof that he’s an unparalleled rhythm guitarist.

 

12. “Little Child” by Jackie Lynton (1964)

With only a handful of promo copies in existence, this is perhaps the most obscure Beatles cover of all time…which is a shame considering it holds an absolutely killer solo that rocks up a fairly subpar Fab Four offering.

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