Led Zeppelin’s founder and iconic guitarist, Jimmy Page, recently posted a photo from approximately 60 years ago and talked about the time he spent with of the most famous female musicians of all time and how she helped him improve himself.
As you may know, Jimmy Page is quite active on social media but instead of keeping his fans up to date, he often enjoys posting photos from years ago and telling interesting stories. It can be said that Jimmy Page uses his Instagram account as his archive where he can forever store his memories and share stories that have never been publicized before.
He recently posted a photo and talked about a memory he holds very dear. In his latest Instagram post, Jimmy Page paid his respects to a woman who helped him expand his horizons and even introduced him to important bands such as The Byrds and talented musicians like Ry Cooder and Bonnie Raitt.
Jimmy Page posted a black and white photo of Jackie DeShannon who is an American singer and songwriter. Jackie began her career as a musician in the late ’50s as a teenager and she reached fame with her string of hit songs which she started both writing and singing in the ’60s.
He wanted to talk about the first time he went to Los Angeles in 1964 and how this trip contributed to his career as a musician. Page said that he was staying at Jackie DeShannon’s house who helped him immensely during his time there.
Jimmy Page and Jackie DeShannon met at the beginning of the ’60s and Jackie even stayed briefly in England in 1965. During this time, Jimmy and Jackie formed a songwriting partnership and created classic hits such as ‘Don’t Turn Your Back on Me‘ and ‘Dream Boy.’
Aside from being partners in songwriting, there were a lot of rumors that the iconic duo was in a relationship. It is strongly supported that Jimmy Page wrote the song ‘Tangerine‘ after they broke up with Jackie DeShannon in 1965.
However, even after all those years, Jimmy Page seems to still be in awe of this woman. He posted her photo and narrated all the things she helped him experience, which he wouldn’t be able to if it wasn’t for her. While some friendships don’t last, it seems like what Jimmy and Jackie had was worth saving, remembering, and honoring.
Here’s what Jimmy Page said in the caption of his Instagram post:
“On this day in 1964, I took my first trip to LA, staying at Jackie DeShannon’s house, who was to further my musical education.
She introduced me to The Byrds, Ry Cooder, and Bonnie Raitt amongst others. Access to Robert Johnson‘s music was thin on the ground at this period of time in the UK, and I got a copy of ‘Preaching Blues’ on a Country Blues compilation album whilst on this trip.
Ciro’s on the Sunset Strip was a theatre nightclub from a previous era and is now called The Comedy Store. I saw The Byrds there at this time and they played ‘Mr. Tambourine Man‘, ‘Turn Turn Turn’, and ‘The Bells of Rhymney’. They were really good; Jim McGuinn was someone to behold and they were to release their debut single, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’, on Columbia some five months later. I attended a session where they also backed Jackie DeShannon on some demos of her songs.”
You can check out the photo that Jimmy Page posted on his Instagram account below.