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

by (@JordanRuntagh)

5. “Season Of The Witch” by Donovan (1968)

Jimmy worked on several of Donovan’s biggest trans-Alantic hits, including this one and “Sunshine Superman.” Popular legend has him also playing the sizzling lines on the truly haunting “Hurdy Gurdy Man”, and for years we were happy to believe it. Despite both producer Mickie Most and Donovan himself claiming it happened, Page insists that he wasn’t the guy. Instead, it looks like Alan Parker is responsible for the unforgettable solo. We know, it’s like finding out Santa isn’t real. But at least he did really play on…

 

4. “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker (1968)

Yup, that’s Jimmy on this classic. We bet you’ll never watch The Wonder Years in quite the same way, huh?

 

3. “A Tout Casser” by Johnny Hallyday (1968)

Strange but true: Jimmy was (and apparently still is) tight with France’s biggest rock star. He also played on Johnny’s 1967 song “Psychedelic”, employing a bluesy Albert King-like bending riff that he would later use on Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”.