The founder and guitarist of the British rock band Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, has commemorated the progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century music and dance, James Brown, while recalling the last time he saw him just before his death.
One of the most successful rock and roll musicians in history, Jimmy Page, has recently taken Instagram to pay tribute to the legendary bandleader and renowned mastermind, James Brown, who passed away at the age of 73, on December 25, 2006.
While celebrating the 14th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame, Page has reminisced about the exact day. Jimmy said that, on this day back in 2006, there was an award ceremony including James Brown, and the band was invited to attend.
Page explained that he attended the event, as did members of the Bonham family, but the other two members had declined. He said that he saw James Brown there, whom he called a ‘giant,’ and he looked so fit, sharp and bright. Jimmy Page admitted that it was a shock having seen him so fit on this occasion since he was to die on Christmas day that year.
James Brown, who was a singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, and record producer, is often referred to by the nicknames like ‘Godfather of Soul,’ ‘Mr. Dynamite,’ and ‘Soul Brother No. 1.’
In a career that lasted over 50 years, he influenced the development of several music genres. Brown was one of the first ten inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at its inaugural induction dinner in New York on January 23, 1986.
Here’s what Jimmy Page said in his recent Instagram post:
“On this day in 2006, Led Zeppelin were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
Led Zeppelin had been inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame, to which there was an award ceremony including James Brown, and the group were invited to attend.
I attended the event, as did members of the Bonham family, but the other two members had declined.
I had met James Brown on a number of occasions and his appearance seemed no different to any time before; fit, sharp and bright, but this was to be the last time – he was to die on Christmas day that year. It was a shock having seen him so fit on this occasion. He was truly one of the giants.”
You can see the post below.