The legendary guitarist Jimmy Page had a recent conversation with Fender and revealed a never-told-before truth about his career.
Jimmy surprisingly said that he refused to join Yardbirds at the first time because he didn’t feel that the time was right and he wasn’t comfortable at all.
Here is his statement, transcribed by Ultimate-Guitar:
“I was a studio musician, and I’ve done sessions for this fellow called Giorgio Gomelsky, who actually was a manager of The Yardbirds.
He’d asked me to join the Yardbirds at one point. I didn’t feel very comfortable about it because I knew Eric [Clapton, The Yardbirds guitarist at the time] didn’t know, and I said, ‘No.’
And then he came up another time, and by that time I was a producer, I’d worked my way up. Being a studio musician, I took it on board as almost like an apprenticeship because I wanted to learn from the recording engineers certain techniques. I really wanted to learn how things were done.
“By this time, I could read music, which meant that I could write it and do arrangements. And then I was producing as well, so I was in a really good sort of zone.
When I had this second request to join, I said, ‘Well, I know somebody who’d be really good for this – Jeff Beck.’ And of course, he went in there and did amazing work.”
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