Nandi Bushell Wished Jimmy Page a Happy Birthday with a Looping Cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’


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This past Saturday, Jan. 9, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page celebrated his 77th birthday — and Nandi Bushell, the 10-year-old multi-instrumentalist whose series of YouTube videos have become international sensations the past few months, saw fit to honor him with a musical tribute.

To pay homage, Bushell shared a new video of her covering “Immigrant Song” on drums, bass, and guitar, via a recording loop.

It’s all very impressive, as all of her videos are, really, and ought to bring a smile to your face:

This is the latest bit of awe-inspiring musical magic from Bushell, who elevated her profile significantly throughout 2020 with her YouTube channel managed by her parents. Last week, she dove into BritPop with a cover of Blur’s “Song 2”:

Her cover earned praise from Blur’s Graham Coxon:

Another recent video saw Bushell tackling Slipknot‘s “Unsainted,” to the approval of Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg:

And don’t forget the Nandi Bushell vs. Dave Grohl “drum battle” back-and-forth series of videos last year, which were highly entertaining and resulted in this virtual meet-up:

Stay tuned for more from Bushell and subscribe to her YouTube channel to keep up to date. As for Jimmy Page, happy belated 77th!

Be sure to read our January 2020 interview with Page, from writer Jeff Slate — click here to do so. An excerpt:

Rock Cellar: Do you remember when your first saw an electric guitar?

Jimmy Page: Buddy Holly! On the cover of his album he was cradling this thing. The whole design of it was so avant garde, basically. I hadn’t seen anything that looked like this. So it was just absolutely phenomenal to actually see a Stratocaster for the first time. And, as I say, he’s cradling it. And obviously, that’s what he was playing, so you could hear the evidence, and you knew that’s what he was playing on things like, “That’ll Be The Day” and “Peggy Sue,” et cetera. The Strat sort of made a visual intervention, but certainly through Buddy Holly, through Buddy Holly’s playing, I mean, I think he he opened up the whole world to us with that. Of course there were others, too, that came along, you know, like Gene Vincent’s the Blue Caps, the lineup when they all had Strats, that were actually colored Strats, as well.

I mean, that was a dream to see a band with all the Strats, and an electric bass as well. We didn’t know they made basses!


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