Teenager Jimmy Page Playing Skiffle (Rare Recording)

Few long time Led Zeppelin fans know of a rather obscure and old recording of an edition of ‘All Your Own’ English show which features young guitar virtuoso James ‘Jimmy’ Patrick Page (then only aged 13) playing skiffle with his school band from Epsom County Pound Lane Primary School.

Teenager Jimmy Page playing skiffle way back in 1957 on English television. Image source: Youtube

Down below you can clearly see the great talent and technical command Jimmy Page had from a very young age on the acoustic six string caught on record for the English television. That being said, enjoy the following great brief edition of ‘All Your Own’ from 6 April 1957 which features both Page’s recorded guitar performance alongside his former school band as well as a very interesting interview in which he states that he would like to pursue biological research with a very high goal in mind, more specifically to discover a cure for cancer. Enjoy!

Page went on to be a very sought after session musician throughout the early to mid 1960s in London before being part of The Yardbirds and later on forming Led Zeppelin with which he achieved even more commercial success and critical acclaim to the point of super global stardom during the 1970s.

Down below is a retrospective analysis of Page himself from the rockumentary ‘It Might Get Loud’ from 2009 on his teenage performance from 1957:

And, thanks to the technology era in which we live and to the wonderful remasters of this rare recording, here is the coloured version of Page’s performance from 1957:

It is therefore crystal clear with this recording that Page demonstrated a pure genius on guitar from an early age which subsequently paved the road for great musical creation, performance, and evolution which solidified during the Zep years along his bandmates Robert Plant (lead vocals), John Paul Jones (bass and keyboards), and late powerhouse John Bonham (drums and percussion).

His 1960s session musician years are well documented and praised by his fellow collaborators and have never been forgotten prior to teaming up more seriously in a rock supergroup such as The Yardbirds with Jeff Beck and Keith Relf back in 1966. From there on it’s legendary history!

Last but not least, here’s a bit of a more humorous approach on the matter. Enjoy! 🙂

The grim adventures of Jimmy Page (season 1957) – meme by Victor Rouă

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