Led Zeppelin’s founder and iconic guitarist, Jimmy Page, recently posted a photo on his Instagram account and appreciated a musician’s talent while giving details about the first time they met and the song they recorded together.
As you know, Jimmy Page is quite active on social media but in comparison to other rockstars, he doesn’t use his account solely to announce his new projects or to express his views on various matters, but mostly to post photos from years ago and tell interesting stories. Recently, he posted a photo on his Instagram account and talked about an artist he collaborated with whom he respects immensely as a musician.
Jimmy Page and Beverley Martyn have known each other since the ’60s and as it turns out, her second single, which was a huge hit, was a collaboration with famous musicians, such as Jimmy Page, Nicky Hopkins, Andy White, and John Paul Jones. Her song ‘Happy New Year‘ was released in 1966 and it was a single that put her on the map of the late ’60s rock scene.
In his recent Instagram post with his daughter, Jimmy Page shared his first impression of Beverley Martyn. Page said that the recording of ‘Happy New Year’ was a remarkable session in which he ‘made up’ his own part of the day alongside Nicky Hopkins and his incredible piano playing. Page said that at the time that this hit was being recorded, Beverley was a ‘shining talent in the world of performance and songwriting.’
Page said that he had already heard about her before he agreed to collaborate but also confessed that he had no idea she was that talented, and said that this song perfectly reflects the musical talent embodied in such an amazing musician. He appreciated her musical skills and praised her contribution to the rock world. To be the first one that Jimmy Page talks about in 2021, must have been a great honor for a musician like Beverley.
Here’s what Jimmy Page said in the caption of his Instagram post:
“Wishing everyone a happy new year for 2021!
The song ‘Happy New Year’ by Beverley Martyn highlights the incredible playing of Nicky Hopkins on piano. This is another example of a session where I made up my own part on the day, and you can hear the Fuzzbox overdrive distortion pedal.
It was a remarkable session, at the time it was recorded I knew that Beverley was a shining talent in the world of performance and songwriting. I recognized her when she came through the door, but I had no idea how talented she was. When you hear this it says it all.
‘Happy New Year’ was the B-side to ‘Where The Good Times Are’ and this was produced by the late Denny Cordell on Deram Records.”
You can check out the photo that Jimmy Page posted on his Instagram account below.