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When Jimmy met Jeff | London Tour Guide | London Walks & All

Updated: May 24, 2023

Today marks the 78th birthday of Jimmy Page, one of the world's best guitarists. Born in Heston, London, Jimmy's musical path started when his family relocated to 34 Miles Road, Epsom. It was there that a Spanish guitar, left behind by the previous residents, ignited his curiosity. Inspired by songs like Elvis's 'Baby Let's Play House,' Jimmy picked up the guitar and embarked on his journey as a rock legend. At Ewell County Secondary school, he learned chords from fellow pupil Rod Wyatt, further shaping his musical destiny. Discover more about London's rich musical history with our expert London tour guide.

When Jimmy Met Jeff | London Tour Guide | London Walks & All

Living a few miles away was another aspiring musician.

In his late teens Jimmy Page enrolled at Sutton Art College. A fellow student was Annetta Beck.

Annetta had a younger brother called Jeff. They lived in Demesne Road Wallington, Surrey.

Jeff was a former pupil of Elmwood High School (Now a housing estate)

Annette came home from college one day raving to her brother about this guy in her class who does the same as him. Annette told Jeff where Jimmy lived and arranged for him to visit.

Jeff Beck was intrigued that someone else was playing 'these strange looking electric guitars' He went to Jimmy's house and they began to play guitar together, sing Buddy Holly songs and listen to records. This was how Jimmy met Jeff. For many other London Rock and Roll stories join me on my Great Rock and Roll Tour.

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