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Monday, December 19, 2005

Jimmy Page given OBE for charity work

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, but not for his music.

The Queen bestowed the OBE on the 61-year-old rocker at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday to recognize his work with poor children in Brazil.

British-born Page said he was overwhelmed to be given the accolade and recalled how he first became involved with Brazilian children in 1994, when he witnessed army tanks rolling into Rio de Janeiro's shantytowns. Fighting had broken out among street gangs and Page said he was shocked at the violence he could see from his hotel room. He was in Rio de Janeiro promoting an album.

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