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.

Read the entire article at: https://www.iheart.com/content/2020-07-08-jimmy-pages-stolen-black-beauty-guitar-was-returned-after-45-years/

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January 09, 1944 - James Patrick Page was born in Heston, Middlesex
January 03, 1946 - John Baldwin was born in Sidcup, Kent
January 02, 1946 - Led Zeppelin Tour Manager Richard Cole was born in Kensal Rise, London, England
January 05, 1967 - Jimmy Page begins recording Little Games with The Yardbirds at De Lane Lea Studios in London.
January 17, 1969 - Led Zeppelin released in the US
January xx, 1970 - Led Zeppelin now play without support acts in order to perform longer sets
January 09, 1970 - Royal Albert Hall gig filmed and recorded for documentary that is eventually scraped. (But was recalled for 2003’s DVD)
January xx, 1971 - Recording continues at Headley Grange
January xx, 1972 - Page has a studio built into his home
January 02, 1973 - Plant’s car breaks down and Bonham and he barely make the Sheffield City Hall gig
January 22, 1973 - Led Zeppelin record a live gig at Southampton University
January xx, 1974 - Recording Physical Graffiti at Headley Grange
January xx, 1974 - The band resigns with Atlantic and forms their own label
January 03, 1975 - Jimmy breaks a finger at Victoria Station just a week before the European warm up shows
January 17, 1975 - The band rehearses in Minneapolis for the upcoming US tour. Bootleg "Johnny Kidd And The Pirates" evolves out of this rehearsal
January xx, 1976 - Jimmy contemplates the release of The Song Remains The Same film but, continues work on the soundtrack
January 01, 1976 - In Paris, Robert takes his first unaided steps since his car accident
January xx, 1977 - Rehearsals for US tour take place at Manticore Studios in Fulham
January 24, 1977 - Bonham and Plant watch The Damned perform at the Roxy in London
January xx, 1978 - Media still claims Led Zeppelin have broke up
January 21, 1979 - Robert Plant is now proud father to son Logan Romero
January xx, 1980 - Zeppelin donate Candy Store Rock to a benefit album to benefit children
January 31, 1995 - Jimmy Page escaped being knifed when a fan rushed the stage at a Page and Plant gig at Auburn Hills, Michigan. The fan was stopped by two security guards, who he knifed instead. After his arrest, he told police that he wanted to kill Jimmy Page because of the Satanic music he was playing.
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