Page used the bow on a few Yardbirds songs: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor” and “Glimpses” from their 1967 album, “Little Games,” and then on Led Zeppelin’s 1969 self-titled debut (“Dazed And Confused” and “How Many More Times”). But he wasn’t the first British rock guitarist to take the bow to his axe.
Before Page formed Led Zeppelin, he joined The Yardbirds. But before that, he was one of England’s top session guitar players: he played on records by famous artists (The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Lulu, Brenda Lee, Tom Jones) and lesser-known acts as well (Neil Christian & The Crusaders, The Nashville Teens, The Mudlarks).
Brad Tolinski, the Editorial Director of Guitar World, Guitar Aficionado and Revolver has interviewed the press-shy Jimmy Page more than any other journalist. And now, he’s preparing to release a collection of those interviews in one volume, Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page. Here’s the first in a series of excerpts of the book given exclusively to CBS Local.