Thursday, June 4, 2015

On This Day 04 June

I have to tell you, I'm not a Johnny Cash fan. So sue me.
Jimmy Page with Neil Christian and the Crusaders
  • 1968 The Yardbirds - Montgomery ,AL at International Speedway Fairgrounds-Big Spring Fair
  • 1998 Page & Plant - Oklahoma City,OK/The Myriad
A little bit of Jimmy Page history. In 1959 Jimmy Page played with an early incarnation of the band, Red-E-Lewis And The Redcats (Jimmy Rook was the stage name of the drummer).

Red E. Lewis & The Red Cats #3 (Easter 1959 - Spring 1960)
· William Stubbs (Lead Vocals) "Reddy Lewis"
· Jimmy Page (Lead Guitar)
· Jumbo Spicer (Bass)
· Tornado Evans a.k.a. Jimmy Rook (Drums)
· Chris Tidmarsh (Manager)

Neil Christian & The Crusaders evolved out  Red-E-Lewis And The Red Cats.  Tidmarsh (a.k.a. Neil Christian) gave stage names to all his band members, and Jimmy Page was known as “Nelson Storm” after the 18th century admiral.  Jimmy Page earned £20 per week.  He toured with the band for two years until he was forced to quit due to illness (mononucleosis), after which he attended Sutton Art College. He recorded with Christian in the studio until 1964 ("Get a Load of This", a Merseybeat-style recording released in July ’63; instrumental “Crusading”; "I Like It", a R&B-rock).

Neil Christian & The Crusaders #1 (Early 1960 - October 1962)
· Chris Tidmarsh (Lead Vocals)
· Jimmy Page (Lead Guitar)
· Jumbo Spicer (Bass)
· Tornado Evans (Drums)
· Iain Hines (Keyboards)

1959 Jimmy Rook band (first incarnation of Red E. Lewis & The Red Cats)

Lineup of Neil Christian and the Crusaders

John "Jumbo" Spicer and Jimmy Page, around 1962

Jimmy and Jumbo singing around 1962

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm - maybe that wasn't singing JP was doing in that last photo. Maybe it was a corny attempt to look shocked. Wonder what that book is that (Neil Christian? can't really tell) he is reading.