Despite the buzz among fans and the wider community, definitive details about Jimmy Page’s preference for cats or dogs remain elusive. It’s widely accepted that he did have pets, yet he kept them away from the public eye—a move that’s less surprising when you consider the absence of social media during the zenith of his career.
January 9, 1944 (79)
Jimmy Page is an English musician and songwriter who achieved international fame as the guitarist and leader of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Recognized for his innovative and influential guitar work, Page’s career began in the studio as a session musician before he co-founded Led Zeppelin in 1968. His guitar riffs have become anthems in the rock genre, with “Stairway to Heaven” often cited as one of the greatest rock songs ever.
Page’s work spans various musical styles, from the blues-infused rock of Led Zeppelin’s early albums to the folk and eastern influences that permeated their later work. His solo on “Stairway to Heaven” is frequently ranked among the greatest guitar solos of all time. Beyond Led Zeppelin, Page’s solo albums and film soundtracks further showcased his versatility as a musician, with the “Death Wish II” soundtrack and his album “Outrider” being notable examples.
Collaboration has been a hallmark of Page’s career. He has worked with a plethora of artists, including David Coverdale, with whom he formed Coverdale/Page. He recorded with The Black Crowes, delivering a fresh take on both bands’ classics. Page’s collaborations extend to icons like The Rolling Stones’ members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, The Who’s John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon in a one-off band named XYZ, and he has shared the stage with Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton for the ARMS Charity Concerts. His work with P. Diddy for the song “Come with Me” featured a sample of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” bridging rock and hip-hop. Page has also performed with Paul Rodgers in The Firm, where his guitar work continued to evolve, and with Robert Plant in the Page and Plant duo, revisiting and reinterpreting Led Zeppelin’s material.
Throughout his career, Jimmy Page has been the recipient of numerous honors that reflect his impact on music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once with Led Zeppelin and once as a member of The Yardbirds. Page has also received the Kennedy Center Honors, an award given to those in the performing arts for their contribution to American culture. His guitar playing earned him a place in Guitar World magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” and he has been awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music.