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Budding Germ Scientist Jimmy Page, 13, Plays Guitar on BBC Talent Show All Your Own (1957)

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It’s 1957. A 13-year-old Jimmy Page appears on BBC TV show All Your Own (1952–1961).


Jimmy Page young TV debut


The show features children performing a particular skill, hobby or talent. One was the cellist Jacqueline du Pre (26 January 1945 – 19 October 1987). One other was Earl Okin, who would write songs for Beatles publisher Dick James and tour with Wings.

One other was the boy who’d made a full-sized harpsichord from match-sticks. “And what do you plan to make next?” asked presenter Huw Weldon as he touched the instrument. The sounds of splintering creaked out. “Another harpsichord,” replied the boy.

Not that it damaged Weldon’s career. In 1968 the future Sir Hew became Managing Director, BBC TV.


Page at an A.R.M.S. concert in 1983

Page at an A.R.M.S. concert in 1983


James Page, as he was then known, and his friends play skiffle. Page, who would find fame with the Yardbirds and stardom as the lead guitarist and producer for Led Zeppelin, is asked by Weldon what he’d like to do when he leaves school. James Page says he’d like to do “biological research into germs”.


  • drew carstairs

    Just think how vastly poorer the musical world would have been, if “James Page” had gotten that day job in “biological research into germs” and had never quit it…

    • DerekTStone

      Yes, because music is way more important than research into how bacteria and viruses function and how to cure diseases caused by these “germs”.

      • drew carstairs

        Well, Jimmy Page could very well have been the next “Brian May” of biological research. He was a fairly precocious child, apparently. Brian May received a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College, London (back in 2007, I believe it was, after a 30 year hiatus).

      • annoianoid

        Art versus science. That old chestnut.

    • David Cooke

      Based on what we learned about Page in the years to follow, I think it unlikely he would have gone far as a scientist.