Saturday, June 21, 2008

That's 'Doctor' Jimmy Page to you; guitarist conferred honorary degree

The first time Led Zeppelin performed under that name, the date was Oct. 25, 1968. And the location was the Great Hall at Surrey University in Guildford, England.

Forty years later, Jimmy Page returned to the area, attending a ceremony during which he was given an honorary doctorate.

The ceremony took place yesterday at Guildford Cathedral.

In a press release regarding Page's doctorate, the university noted his involvement in charities as well as his musical contributions.

While on hand, Dr. Page autographed a guitar that is to be awarded to a contest winner at an upcoming festival.

Also honored with an honorary doctorate from the University of Surrey yesterday was George Martin, producer of the Beatles' records and many others in the British music industry.

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