If you listen to rock radio with any regularity, it’s difficult to go more than a day or so without hearing Jimmy Page kick out the jams with Led Zeppelin—but long before he joined forces with Robert Plant, Page was already one of the most-heard guitarists in the world. As an in-demand session player in Britain, he’s said to have contributed to more than 50 percent of the singles released in ol’ Blighty between 1963 and 1965—unleashing his brilliant playing on sides by artists as varied as Lulu (of “To Sir With Love” fame), the Kinks, Marianne Faithfull and Van Morrison. And while his guest appearances have become less frequent in the post-Zep era, they’re certainly no less powerful. For starters, check out these seven deadly shots of pure Page in unexpected places.
Marianne Faithfull: “As Tears Go By.” While he was often sought out to provide an extra dose of bare-knuckled power to blues-drenched numbers by wet-behind-the-ears beat merchants, Page was every bit as capable of hitting a good old-fashioned pop groove. He does exactly that on this tremulous rendition of this tune culled from the catalog of the Rolling Stones—a band that, according to Bill Wyman, Page was nearly asked to join in the wake of Brian Jones’s sacking. 
The Who: ”I Can’t Explain.” When super-producer Shel Talmy wanted to beef up the first single by the then embryonic Who, he looked no further than the man who added a goodly dose of spit to the polished sounds of his other charges, the Kinks. There’s some debate in historical circles about whether Page played the choogling rhythm or the searing lead on the track—smart money is on the former—but there’s no doubt as to the origin of the rave-up solo that punctuates the single’s flip-side “Bald Headed Woman.” 
Them: “Baby, Please Don’t Go.” Pugnacious and ready to rumble, Page makes this song his own without even breaking a sweat, turning in a solo that stands as one of the crowning glories of '60s garage rock fury.
The Kinks: “You Really Got Me.” Okay, this one’s a bit of a stretch, because Page himself insists that his six-string never left its case during the session. He’ll cop to playing tambourine on the track, though, which adds even more luster to his session-man legacy, making him a double instrumental threat.
Joe Cocker: “With a Little Help From My Friends.” One of the few Beatles covers to outstrip the original version, this raw outpouring of emotion gains plenty of power during the lengthy instrumental intro that’s focused on Page’s deft, deceptively gentle lead playing--a precursor to the work he’d later turn in on Led Zeppelin III.
Rolling Stones: “One Hit to The Body.” Page wasn’t a scheduled guest on this rough-hewn track—a harkening back to the Stones’ feral “Gimme Shelter”-era sound -- but since he was “in the neighborhood” thanks to the Live Aid concert, he dropped in for a quick cameo. His lead, while not pushed up nearly far enough in the mix, still cuts with stiletto precision, leaving a lasting heat in its wake.
Jerry Lee Lewis: “Rock and Roll.” While Page could easily have phoned in his lead part on the Killer’s incredibly vibrant cover of the Zeppelin classic, he did nothing of the sort, wringing out a soulful solo that’s a bit more deliberate, but no less fiery than his original take from more than 30 years earlier.