Jimmy Page makes surprise live appearance in London with folk-rocker Donovan to recreate one of his early recording session roles

Donovan and Jimmy Page

Reprise: Page, right, guests with Donovan

Jimmy Page made a surprise appearance with folk-rock star Donovan in London at the weekend, where he recreated one of his pre-frame session roles.

In 1965 the future Led Zeppelin guitarist was paid £13 to play guitar on the title track of Donovan’s Sunshine Superman album.

So when the iconic folk performer decided to recreate the album live, he invited Page to join him and the London Contemporary Orchestra in the city’s Royal Albert Hall.

Page took to the stage and repeated live what he’d recorded in Abbey Road Studios 46 years ago, in front of a delighted audience who’d heard rumours of his presence before the show began. Later he took part in the encore track Mellow Yellow.

Donovan told Rolling Stone: “In 1965 Jimmy had just left the Yardbirds and hadn’t started on Zeppelin yet, so we hired him to do a session. Although he’s known for his power guitar he’s a real folk aficionado.”

Page added: “A lot of my songs were written on the acoustic guitar, and so much of the first Zeppelin album was acoustic too.”

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