Video: 13-Year-Old Jimmy Page Plays Guitar on BBC Talent Show
Today — November 8 — represents a major anniversary in Led Zeppelin history. Forty-two years ago, the band released Led Zeppelin IV, the album also known as "Four Symbols," "The Fourth Album" or "The One with 'Stairway To Heaven' On It."
Regardless of what you call it, the as-classic-as-it-gets album went on to sell more than 37 million copies around the world.
Today, however, we'd like to go back a little further in history — 14 years earlier, to be exact — to check out 13-year-old Jimmy Page and his band performing "Mama Don't Want Me to Play Any Skiffle No More" (or something to that effect) on a BBC talent show for kids.
Lonnie Donegan was probably the biggest name in skiffle — a style of music that combined elements of American blues, jazz, country and folk music — in the UK at the time (1957). In fact, John Lennon's first band, the Quarry Men, was a skiffle group that regularly performed Donegan's "Rock Island Line" and other forgotten gems.
That is, of course, Page on the left, wearing the dark sweater.