By Christopher Scapelliti
Electric-blues icon Buddy Guy met Jimmy Page only once in recent years. And when he did, he forgot to ask Page a very important question.
Now he can’t even track him down.
Guy and Page met at the Kennedy Center Awards in Washington D.C. in 2012, when Guy and Led Zeppelin were honored at the annual gala tribute. (Check out the video at bottom.)
Apparently, Guy was so overwhelmed by the events of that evening that he forgot to ask Page to sign a guitar for him to display at his club, Legends, in Chicago.
“I own the largest blues club in Chicago,” the Stratocaster-playing bluesman tells MusicRadar, “and I’ve got everybody to sign a guitar, but him.
“Now I can’t track him down!”
Guy says he and Page first met in 1965, when Guy was touring England with the Yardbirds.
“I toured with the Yardbirds, and Rod Stewart was the valet,” Guy says. (Stewart’s singing career was well underway—he was performing in Steampacket with Long John Baldry—so either Guy is joking or he simply means Stewart was the warm-up.)
“I didn’t know who Clapton, Beck, Jimmy Page—none of them—was. They all were telling me they didn’t know a Strat could play the blues. I laughed and said, ‘What do you mean?’
“I was amazed for them to tell me that they’d sat there and watched me and didn’t know the blues could be played like that on a Stratocaster.”
Guy released his most recent album, Born to Play Guitar, this past July. The album reached Number One on Billboard’s Blues Albums chart and peaked at Number 60 on the Billboard 200. He will be performing at Legends throughout January 2016. Check out Legend’s website for calendar information.
Here’s the man himself performing “Born to Play Guitar” at the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas earlier this year.
And here’s a clip from the 2012 Kennedy Center Awards.