How Jimmy Page got his Black Beauty Back

More than 45 years after it was allegedly stolen by a baggage handler at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, one of Jimmy Page's most-prized guitars was returned to him by a well-meaning Twin Cities musician, a guitar dealer and a longtime friend.

Page bought the 1960 Gibson Led Paul Custom on layaway from a London music shop when he was 18 years old. The guitar was one of Page's first professional-grade instruments.

Page recorded with the guitar frequently when he was working as a studio musician in the '60s. He gigged with it occasionally during his stint with The Yardbirds and in Led Zeppelin's early days.

During the first Led Zeppelin U.S. tour in which Page dared bring 'Black Beauty' along in 1970, it was stolen at a Twin Cities airport, reports the Star Tribune.

Page ran ads in Rolling Stone, seeking the guitar's return "No questions asked," but to no avail. On later trips to the U.S., he made a habit of visiting vintage guitar stores hunting for his long lost instrument. In the '80s, Page's longtime friend, Perry Margouleff, told Page he would make it his personal mission to find 'Black Beauty.'

Margouleff told the Star Tribune he was "astonished" to finally be holding the guitar 30 years later.

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September xx, 1971 - Jimmy Page is furious over a live Yardbirds release. It was forced off the shelves
September xx, 1971 - The band vacations in Hawaii
September xx, 1972 - Discussions to play various countries ends with a decision to play Japan again
September xx, 1973 - Jimmy Page considers a live release of material before releasing a new album
September 14, 1974 - Led Zeppelin and CSN&Y jam at an after party
September xx, 1975 - Jimmy meets up with Robert in Malibu, where he is staying on a tax exile
September 12, 1976 - Page and Bonham return to Switzerland and record a drum piece title Bonzo’s Montreux
September 08, 1977 - Page takes to the stage with other well knowns at a WEA records sales conference
September 15, 1978 - Zep road manager Richard Cole and Bad Company’s Simon Kirke get married in a double ceremony
September 17, 1979 - Promoter Fred Bannister forced into liquidation over Knebworth Sales with Led Zeppelin
September 18, 1980 - Jimmy reviews a new stage set up and technical details for the Eighties Part One tour at Swan Song offices
September 25, 1980 - John Bonham is found dead in Jimmy Page’s Windsor mansion by sound technician Benji Le Fevre
September 12, 2007 - It was announced at a press conference by Harvey Goldsmith that the remaining members of Led Zeppelin would reunite with Jason Bonham on drums.
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