1. Jimmy Page Didn’t Want to be a Rockstar
From Ultimate Classic Rock: On an episode of a UK children’s talent show called On Your Own, Jimmy Page said he wanted to work in biological research when he grows up, “studying germs.” He was 13 in this video.
2. Jimmy Page Funded Led Zeppelin I
Jimmy Page was so concerned with losing artistic control of Led Zeppelin, after suffering through management’s efforts to turn the Yardbirds into a pop group, that he financed Zep’s debut album himself.
Recording and mixing lasted 30 hours and cost Page £1782 (or about $4300). The debut album ended up making over £3.5 million. While it only took 30 hours the first time, Led Zeppelin II was recorded over eight months, thanks to a lot of touring.
3. Page Had Difficulty Learning the Stairway to Heaven Guitar Solo
Thanks Metal Floss: John Paul Jones tried to help Page when he noticed that his bandmate began to look concerned when he kept not getting it right at the studio by telling him, “You’re making me paranoid!” “You’re making *me* paranoid!,” Page retorted. The two then laughed, and the solo was nailed a few takes later.
4. Jimmy Page’s Whole Lotta Love Riff was “Spliced In”
The piecemeal approach to recording ‘Led Zeppelin II’ between concert dates meant that John Bonham’s drum solo for ‘Moby Dick’ was spliced in from a different session than the rest of the song, as was the unaccompanied guitar solo in ‘Whole Lotta Love.’
5. Jimmy Page Found His Singer By Accident
From Ultimate Classic Rock:
Jimmy Page first approached singer Terry Reid, not Robert Plant, about fronting Led Zeppelin, who were still known as the New Yardbirds at the time. But Graham Nash had already talked manager Mickie Most into signing Reid as a solo act. It was Reid who actually ended up recommending Plant for the gig.