The 5 Guitarists That Jimmy Page Named The Best Of All Time

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The 5 Guitarists That Jimmy Page Named The Best Of All Time
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What are the favorite guitarists of Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page? If we mention the greatest guitarist of all time, we can not deny that Jimmy Page is one of those. But, in this article, we will focus on what he named the best of all time.

Born in January 1944, Jimmy Page is a London-born musician who is the son of Patrick Page and Patricia Elizabeth Gaffikin. When he was eight, he moved to Miles Road and was educated at Epsom County Pound Lane Primary School. Moving Miles Road would be the reason Jimmy Page started playing guitar. At the age of 12, while he was educating at Ewell County Secondary School, he found an abandoned Spanish guitar in their new house and fell in love with the guitar.

Focusing on his musical career, Jimmy Page gained international fame for being a part of the rock pioneer Led Zeppelin, which was a band originally activated from 1968 until 1980, as well as launching his solo career after the disbandment of the band. As a member of Led Zeppelin, he contributed to the band’s entire stuff. After he launched his solo career, Jimmy Page collaborated with a lot of great musicians, such as Robert Plant and David Coverdale, and released albums with them.

However, it is no doubt that Jimmy Page is a guitar pioneer alongside the guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Albert Lee, and Eddie Van Halen. Although he is an influential guitarist, he has his own favorites as well. Let’s look at some of his favorite guitarists.

The 5 Guitarists That Jimmy Page Named The Best Of All Time

Over the years, he every time said there was one guitarist he considers to be far greater than himself. According to Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix is the greatest guitarist of all time.

“Out of all the guitarists to come out of the sixties, though, Beck, Clapton, Lee, Townshend and I are still having a go,” Page said when he was asked about his favorites. “That says something. Beck, Clapton and I were sort of the Richmond/Croydon type clan, and Alvin Lee, I don’t know where he came from, Leicester or something like that. So he was never in with it a lot. And Townshend, Townshend was from Middlesex, and he used to go down to the clubs and watch the other guitarists.”

5. Jeff Beck

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The English rock guitarist Jeff Beck is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists in the music scene. Gaining international fame as a member of The Yardbirds, he then did great works with his bands, Beck, Bogert & Appice and The Jeff Beck Group. He was ranked on the Rolling Stones’ 100 Greatest Guitarists list.

When we mention Jeff Beck‘s friendship with Jimmy Page, they were so close to each other through the mid-1960s. Jimmy Page‘s leading Jeff Beck to join The Yardbirds made their friendship better. Furthermore, the bass player Paul Samwell-Smith’s quitting the band would make Jimmy Page joined The Yardbirds.

 

In the past, Page described his joining The Yardbirds during his interview with Fender, saying: “I happened to be with Jeff one night at a concert where there was a bit of a fuss onstage. What could only be described as a punk performance. It was fantastic, actually.

“I went to the dressing room to congratulate him. This massive row [was] going on. Paul Samwell-Smith, the bass player, quit the band. It was a pretty odd situation to have to sort of witness.

“I said, ‘Well, I’ll play then.’ Jeff and I had spoken before about playing together, so here was an opportunity to do it. But I started on bass. There was a bit of mix and matching in the early days.”

4. Pete Townshend

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Being a leader, co-founder, guitarist, and songwriter of his band The Who, Pete Townshend came to world prominence between the 1960s and 1970s. Having written more than 100 songs in the band’s 12 studio albums, the musician performed in the band’s entire catalog.

Over the years, Townshend collected so many achievements thanks to his musical career. Having received the Brit Award for Lifetime Achievement, Townshend was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 as a member of The Who. He was ranked number 10 in Rolling Stones’ updated 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists.

However, back in 1995, Townshend mentioned the first time he saw Jimmy Page while he was playing in a professional band. Although he said that he was extraordinary, Townshend admitted that Page was arrogant.

“I first saw Jimmy Page when I was 14 or 15 and he was already in a professional band. He was one year older than me, and he was in a professional band at 16 when I was just still in school. He was playing really fast stuff. He was an extraordinary player, arrogant, flash.”

3. Alvin Lee

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Known for being the lead guitarist and lead vocalist of Ten Years After, Alvin Lee began playing music at the age of 13. There were 12 studio albums Alvin Lee contributed to throughout his musical journey. He played music until his passing in 2013, as he brought a different playing style to his generation.

2. Eric Clapton

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Eric Clapton is still one of the earliest guitarists in the rock scene. As he has been actively creating music since 1962, Eric Clapton is widely regarded as one of the leaders of the rock music scene, as well as the most influential guitarist in music.

In the past, although they had a same group history with each other, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page didn’t play together in The Yardbirds. When Clapton left the band, Page‘s friend Jeff Beck joined the band in recommendation of Page. The first time they shared the stage together was in 1983 on the 12-date benefit tour.

 

When we mention Clapton‘s musical career over the years, the musician released his debut solo effort back in 1970, which was his self-titled 11-piece album. Having released 24 solo studio albums during his 60-plus-year journey, Clapton‘s latest album was a Christmas album named Happy Xmas. Before he launched his solo career, Clapton played with remarkable bands, such as CreamThe Yardbirds, and John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers.

1. Jimi Hendrix

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As with many early guitarists, Jimi Hendrix is Jimmy Page’s favorite guitarist of all time. Although he was active in the early years of the rock wave, the unforgettable memory of Hendrix keeps continues to influence all musicians.

Jimi Hendrix was an American guitarist who was one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. Beginning playing music at the age of 15, Hendrix had only a 7-year musical journey. Although he had a little journey, Hendrix was described as arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

He released three different solo studio albums throughout his career. When 1967’s Are You Experienced marked his debut album, Axis: Bold as Love was his second album released in the same year as the first. His third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, was released in 1968.

Thanks to his greatness, Hendrix received numerous awards and honors for himself. In 1968, he was named Artist Of The Year by Billboard and Performer Of The Year by Rolling Stone. In 1970, Guitar Player named Jimi Hendrix the Rock Guitarist Of The Year.

However, as we mentioned above, Jimmy Page’s favorite guitarist of all time is Jimi Hendrix.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Although I find Jimmy Page a strong influence in my guitar playing, and I respect him as not only a great performer but also a fine person, I disagree with his choices, while each and every one are fine players in their own right, none I find are “Top of the Heap”.
    He doesn’t seem to recognize the more recent great artists such as Pat Metheny, Joe Satriani, Terry Kath, Steve Morse, Eric Johnson and other magnificent guitarists that make some extraordinary sounds and display true greatness.
    I still Believe Jimmy Page to be among these, and all of his choices are also in among the greatest of all time….but there are plenty of really talented artists he left out of his picks.

  2. Randy Rhodes, Eddie Van Halen, are some others I haven’t seen him recognize. These two staggering talents never hit his radar….

  3. Of course an ancient relic will name nothing but additional ancient relics as the greatest…none of these rookies can hold a candle to Van Halen, Vai, John 5, Dimebag Darryl, the list goes on. Just like 1960’s cars can’t match today’s, so it goes with guitarists. Get over it Jimmy, you’re ancient history, as is your guitar talents. 8 million 9 year olds can play your shit…

  4. Last guy sounds like a frustrated Tommy Emmanuel fan.True artists recognize people outside their sphere
    Somebody is always faster than the next. One of Eddie Van Halen’s favorites was Clapton in Cream. Is Eddie technically more proficient? Of course.All the previous guitarists are great.Even if you don’t listen to them recognize that they all have their own style and grace.Cheers

  5. We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. If not for Page, Beck, Clapton, Lee and Hendrix all those guys you mentioned might still be trying to figure out what a riff was. I’m sure if you could ask those guys they would tell you it was the influence of the aforementioned guitar gods and listening to them over and over that taught and motivated them to be great. Without a good foundation the structure is weak. Those old guys are the foundation on which guitar rock was built.

    You must be a millennial. Nothing else matters until you showed up.

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