Once Upon a Time, Jimmy Page Played Bass Guitar

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When we hear the name Jimmy Page, the first thoughts that pop into our mind are usually “all time great guitar player” and “OH MY GOD I LOVE LED ZEPPELIN!” Rightfully so, since those are the reasons why millions of people across the world got to know the name.

But it was on this day back in 1966 when Jimmy Page would make his live debut with The Yardbirds at the Marquee Club in London playing bass guitar.

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Members of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]the Yardbird[/lastfm]s had approached [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jimmy Page[/lastfm] about joining the band earlier, but he declined out of loyalty to his friend, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eric Clapton[/lastfm]. Page would recommend another friend to the band, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jeff Beck[/lastfm], who would take on responsibilities as the lead guitarists.

A year later, Clapton had quit and bass player [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paul Samwell-Smith[/lastfm] was on his way out. Page volunteered to fill in for Samwell-Smith and would make his live debut with the Yardbirds on June 21, 1966 at the Marquee Club in London. It would also be the last time the band played there, tallying the number of gigs they played at the Marquee Club to forty-three.

The Yardbirds “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago”

After the bands break up, Page looked to form a new band, originally named The New Yardbirds. He recruited vocalist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Robert Plant[/lastfm] and drummer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Bonham[/lastfm], with bass player [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Paul Jones[/lastfm] requesting to join the band shortly after. They would rename themselves [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Led Zeppelin[/lastfm].

I’m sure you’ve heard of them.

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