#OnThisDay in 1998, Page and Plant released Walking into Clarksdale. ⠀⠀ The Page/Plant project took a more stripped down approach to this album, with few overdubs. It was engineered by Steve Albini at the famous Studio Two at EMI, used by the Beatles. ⠀⠀ The album eventually received a Grammy for 'Most High' but today was the release date in 1998 and we toured this extensively. ⠀⠀ TRACK LIST Shining in the Light When the World Was Young Upon a Golden Horse Blue Train Please Read the Letter Most High Heart in Your Hand Walking into Clarksdale Burning Up When I Was a Child House of Love Sons of Freedom ⠀⠀ What’s your favourite song from Walking Into Clarksdale and why?
#OnThisDay in 1964, 'Hush Your Mouth' by Mickey Finn and the Blue Men was released. ⠀⠀ This is one of the sessions I did whilst I was still at art school and on this I played harmonica. Mickey Finn and the Blue Men had applied a blue beat rhythm to the Jimmy Reid song 'Hush Your Mouth'. I had done other recordings with this band: the guys were cool and were always good to play with. ⠀⠀ On this day in 1960, Eddie Cochran died in a road traffic accident in Chippenham, Wiltshire. RIP.
#OnThisDay in 1967, the four live Yardbirds played three shows in Denmark, warming up for a distant American Tour. It was a similar strategy to be deployed less than 15 months later for the New Yardbirds/Led Zeppelin. ⠀⠀ Photography © Jørgen Angel, 1967 ⠀⠀ Artwork (taken from Yardbirds '68 booklet) designed by The Creative Corporation @creativecorp @ Denmark
#OnThisDay in 1969, @ledzeppelin appeared on BBC Radio's Top Gear. ⠀⠀ This was probably the first Led Zeppelin version of Dazed & Confused recorded for BBC radio, and certainly the first audition panel for Led Zeppelin. The setlist is: ⠀⠀ I Can't Quit You Baby Communication Breakdown Dazed & Confused ⠀⠀ The trial broadcast was sent to the production panel, here it is. @ London, United Kingdom
#OnThisDay in 1977, I debuted the Stormtrooper Outfit in Chicago. ⠀⠀ This show was on an Easter Sunday, it was the first time I wore the Storm Trooper outfit, but not the last. Soon after this I began to alternate between the white poppy suit and the black dragon suit for shows. ⠀⠀ 📸 Neal Preston 1977 @ Chicago, Illinois
The Jimmy Page Mirror Telecaster is an homage to Jimmy's legendary Fender guitar. To hear JP share the journey of this iconic instrument, click here: https://youtu.be/0LLkk56UJ8U
#OnThisDay in 2004, I visited Cairo, Egypt. ⠀⠀ On the centenary of Aleister Crowley's channelling 'The Book of the Law', I revisited the Egyptian Museum of Cairo to see the 'Stele of Revealing'; the conduit to that event. I was curious to see how many people might attend the museum and indeed there was a small gathering of Thelemites. ⠀⠀ Between the first and second leg of the Led Zeppelin 1977 tour I visited and spent time in Egypt (first image). @ Egyptian Museum
On this day in 1958, I appeared on the BBC's 'All Your Own' programme hosted by Huw Wheldon. It was a show that showcased kids with talent or unusual hobbies and at that time I probably fell into the second category. It was a skiffle group, an infectious form of music that was played on the radio, and TV at that time. Being accessible for kids to be able to play with a minim of chords. The source for most of this music came from the USA: Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, country blues etc. The shining light and inspiration to many aspiring skifflers was Lonnie Donegan. I remember being very nervous during this TV show.
#OnThisDay in 1999, I recorded at The Depot Studios, London. ⠀⠀ By today I had recorded, for reference, numerous tracks along with Michael Lee on drums, the process took about three days at the Depot rehearsal rooms in London. ⠀⠀ It comprised many song ideas I had for a possibility of a future recording. The audio for this featured video is a fragment of the first song recorded. ⠀⠀ 📸 © Ross Halfin 1999
#OnThisDay in 1968, I played the last studio sessions in New York with The Yardbirds. ⠀⠀ This is the first of three recording days in New York - the last ever Yardbirds studio sessions with Keith Relf on vocals, Chris Dreja on bass, Jim McCarty on drums and percussion and myself on guitars. ⠀⠀ The titles were: 'Avron Knows', 'Hold on Me', 'Spanish Blood', 'My Baby' and 'Knowing That I'm Losing You'. ⠀⠀ 📸©️Keith Trumbo
#OnThisDay in 1975, the album 'Suicide Sal' by Maggie Bell was released. This album was recorded in the studio at Tittenhurst Park, which was John Lennon’s house in Surrey. The house was then in the ownership of Ringo Starr. ⠀⠀ I overdubbed on the track ‘If You Don’t Know’ which had a solo in shades of blue, and a jaunty solo on 'Coming On Strong'. Maggie Bell was one of the signings to the Swan Song label. I’d always considered it to be a pretty good solo on ‘If You Don’t Know'.
#OnThisDay in 1973, Led Zeppelin played in Lyon, France 🇫🇷 ⠀⠀ By this point in time, the French had become quite passionate about seeing their music for free and we had cut the French tour short due to nil security at the concerts and a fighting rabble inside the building. ⠀⠀ However, we’d been cajoled into playing this as our last date of the French tour. It was so chaotic getting into the building and, although the audience were really enthusiastic, the whole of this episode had left such a sour taste that we didn’t play in France again with Led Zeppelin until Paris in the 1980 tour. ⠀⠀ 📸 © Claude Gassian 1973
#OnThisDay in 1986, 'One Hit (To the Body)' was released on The Rolling Stones’ Dirty Work album. ⠀⠀ @ronniewood had got in touch with me while I was staying at the Plaza Hotel in New York and invited me to come to the studio and lay down some guitar on a track of @officialkeef. I was really up for this idea as I had done some studio work before on a track playing with Keith at Ronnie’s studio at The Wick in Richmond, England. ⠀⠀ Actually, the session was not for Keith’s album, it was for @therollingstones, and I overdubbed a number of solos over the track. I think it worked out pretty good. Keith kindly sent me a magnum of champagne after the session. ⠀⠀ 👄⚡️
Fifty years ago today, #OnThisDay in 1969, @LedZeppelin recorded the BBC Sessions at Maida Vale, London. ⠀⠀ This was a show that had been done for the BBC World Service, for the 'Alexis Korner: Rhythm and Blues Champion' show. ⠀⠀ Alexis Korner (pictured) was considered to be one of the pioneers of establishing blues and changing the jazz venues to R&B, alongside the influential blues visionary Cyril Davis on harmonica. As there was, presumably, a blues requisite to the show, we performed the blues standards ‘Can't Quit You Baby’, ‘You Shook Me’ and ‘Sunshine Woman' - which was the result of a jam in the studio during that session. ⠀⠀ There was also the mischievous inclusion of 'What Is and What Should Never Be' which was to be recorded literally one month later, on the 19th April in 1969. The brief on that session was for 15 minutes airtime and that’s how we dealt with it.
Fifty years ago, #OnThisDay, in 1969, we performed 'Dazed and Confused' for Supershow with what seemed to be a pretty experienced production team, as the camera angles appeared interesting at the time. ⠀⠀ They also used some dry ice, which was quite vibey, and we were just part of a number of artists that were to appear on this show - some of whom had not yet recorded and were due to arrive at the building. ⠀⠀ There was definitely a timeslot for us to do another number, especially as the other artists hadn't arrived, and I suggested to the director that maybe it would be a good opportunity to do 'Communication Breakdown' as a second number, but they declined the offer and said it wasn’t necessary!
#OnThisDay in 196, I was visiting Los Angeles. I was on my second visit to the city but my first stay at Gene Autry's Continental Hotel on Sunset Boulevard. This was to become the infamous Continental Hyatt House; best known as the 'Riot House' in the 70s. ⠀⠀ I was with Tony Calder of Immediate Records and present when he met with Murray Wilson in an LA steakhouse. He came away with the Beach Boys' publishing contract under his belt and 'Help Me Rhonda' was the first single of this new relationship. Tony also had Taj Mahal and Jesse Ed Davis auditioning in a room at the hotel. They were really solid. They weren't signed to Immediate at that time and only came together on record three years later, in 1968. ⠀⠀ Taj Mahal in a solo capacity was later billed with Led Zeppelin in January 1969 at Bill Graham's Fillmore West. ⠀⠀ Jesse Ed Davis was to perform with Leon Russell, Albert King and Willie Nelson and he also played on albums with John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Leonard Cohen and George Harrison.
#OnThisDay in 1995, Page and Plant played at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas — a city with a robust guitar-driven music scene. ⠀⠀ There was a huge colony of bats that lived locally under the bridge near to the hotel we stayed at, and at dusk they swarmed up the river — quite a sight. ⠀⠀ 📸 © Michael Insuarte 1995
🙏🏻 #OnThisDay in 1970, I played the Montreux Casino Hall in Switzerland with Led Zeppelin. Philippe Paringaux, a Parisian journalist, became a friend of mine and he came to see the show at the Montreaux Casino and do an interview. This was pre-Smoke On The Water period. The casino burned down, destroyed by fire in December 1971, and was subsequently rebuilt. 📷 © Jean-Pierre Leloir, 1970