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It's Celebration Day for Jimmy

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is 75 on the 9th of January.

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Jimmy's first interest in music came from Elvis Presley and when he was thirteen he appeared on a tv talent show in a skiffle quartet.

As a fifteen year old he joined the band The Crusaders, playing guitar on some of their recordings and touring for two years.

Jimmy played in various bands before settling on studio work.

In the early to mid 60's he played on recordings by The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, The Beatles and Them.

In 1966 he joined The Yardbirds playing along side Jeff Beck.

By 68 only Jimmy was left in the band so he brought in Robert Plant on vocals, John Paul Jones on bass and John Bonham on drums to complete a tour.

Originally called The New Yardbirds, the band became Led Zeppelin.

The band's self titled debut album reached Number 6 in the UK and number 7 in America starting an incredible run of success over the next ten years.

All of the band's next seven albums topped the charts although they did not release many singles during their career.

Whole Lotta Love, Dyer Maker, Rock and Roll, Black Dog and Good Times Back Times were some of the exceptions.

Their most well known song Stairway to Heaven appears on their fourth album but was not released as a stand alone single.

Following the death of drummer of John Bonham in 1980, Led Zeppelin broke up and Jimmy went on to work with the groups The Firm and The Honeydrippers with Robert Plant.

He also recorded solo albums and did guest spots on recordings by other artists.

Led Zeppelin have reunited a few times since their split most notably in 1985 at Live Aid with Phil Collins and Tony Thompson on drums and in 1988 at Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary event with John's son Jason filling in for his famous dad.

In 2007 the same Led Zeppelin line up performed a one off concert at London's O2 Arena called Celebration Day receiving a staggering 20 million requests for tickets on line.

Led Zeppelin were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and Jimmy received an O.B.E. in 2005.

In 2015 Jimmy was voted third on a list of the greatest guitar players of all time behind first placed Jimi Hendrix and fellow Yardbird Eric Clapton.