Jimmy Page - On This Day

Capture from Jimmy Page's website depicting Marvin Isreal's photo of Scotty and Elvis in Dayton, OH
courtesy Tracy Longo

Jimmy Page, legendary guitarist of Led Zeppelin, currently features a daily historical presentation on his website.  Last week, on the 25th of July, he recollected about Scotty's influence and a presentation he attended at George Martin's North London Air studios on July 25th, 1999. Reputedly, he was motivated to take up guitar after hearing Elvis' Baby Let's Play House. Jimmy was quoted on his site as follows:

Scotty Moore had been a major inspiration in my early transitory days from acoustic to electric guitar. His character guitar playing on those early Elvis Sun recordings, and later at RCA, was monumental. It was during the 50s that these types of song-shaping guitar parts helped me see the importance of the electric guitar approach to music.

JimmyPage.com July 25, 2012

Albert Lee told me, "Back in 1961 when I was 17 and Jimmy was 16, we used to hang out and play together. I remember I had a press cutting in my wallet of Scotty, Bill and DJ and Jimmy had one of James Burton. We were totally immersed in American RnR guitar playing, dug all of those players and learned every lick we could."

The event was in conjunction with the opening of Gibson's new London office. CEO Henry Juskiewicz, and Pat Foley of Gibson London, presented Scotty with a lifetime achievement award and with the first of a limited run of signature Gibson ES-295s.  Scotty, along with DJ and his British band, that at the time featured Pete Pritchard, Liam Grundy, Ian Conningham, and Peter Davenport performed their set. Afterwards they invited the guitarists in attendance up to play. In addition to Jimmy, they included Alvin Lee, Jack Bruce, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, Steve Howe and Phil Manzanera among others.

added July 29, 2012

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