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Faltering first steps on the stairway to heaven

To look at him now, you would not think that young James Page's ambition in life was to enter "biological research", yet that was the startling admission this only child made in 1958 on the TV talent show All Your Own. Eight years later, there was another glimpse of Page in Michelangelo Antonioni's homage to swinging London, Blowup, when The Yardbirds enjoyed a cameo performing at a club populated by peculiarly immobile scenesters.

Page himself was established as a full-time jobbing guitarist by the mid-Sixties. He sat in on sessions with The Who, The Kinks and the Rolling Stones, while also playing lead guitar on Tom Jones's "It's Not Unusual".

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