ON THIS DAY… 16 NOV 1984
I APPEARED WITH ROY HARPER ON THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST

After having ascended the substantial height of Scafell Pike in the Lake District - the highest mountain in England - Roy Harper and I performed ‘The Same Old Rock’, where Mark Ellen from the BBC was in attendance, looking suspiciously like Paul McCartney. Needless to say, there had to be a duality in this because they switch from us on the mountain to the then new boys on the block Depeche Mode, a keyboard synthesiser band sitting in the comfort of the BBC studio criticising two acoustic guitar players up a mountain! To which my response was: “let’s see them come up here with their battery packs and have a go!”

ON THIS DAY… 16 NOV 1984

I APPEARED WITH ROY HARPER ON THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST

After having ascended the substantial height of Scafell Pike in the Lake District - the highest mountain in England - Roy Harper and I performed ‘The Same Old Rock’, where Mark Ellen from the BBC was in attendance, looking suspiciously like Paul McCartney. Needless to say, there had to be a duality in this because they switch from us on the mountain to the then new boys on the block Depeche Mode, a keyboard synthesiser band sitting in the comfort of the BBC studio criticising two acoustic guitar players up a mountain! To which my response was: “let’s see them come up here with their battery packs and have a go!”

ON THIS DAY… 16 NOV 1984

I APPEARED WITH ROY HARPER ON THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST

After having ascended the substantial height of Scafell Pike in the Lake District - the highest mountain in England - Roy Harper and I performed ‘The Same Old Rock’, where Mark Ellen from the BBC was in attendance, looking suspiciously like Paul McCartney. Needless to say, there had to be a duality in this because they switch from us on the mountain to the then new boys on the block Depeche Mode, a keyboard synthesiser band sitting in the comfort of the BBC studio criticising two acoustic guitar players up a mountain! To which my response was: “let’s see them come up here with their battery packs and have a go!”

16 November 1984

16 November 1984

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ON THIS DAY… 15 JUL 2010

I WAS INTERVIEWED BY DUANE EDDY FOR BBC RADIO 2

Today I went to the BBC Studios in West London, where they had prepared a link up with Duane Eddy in Nashville for a radio programme. Duane was hosting a tribute programme to Les Paul and we discussed the massive pioneering contribution that Les had presented to the world with his composition, recording and playing techniques. As Les had had a coast to coast television programme in the states; The Les Paul & Mary Ford Show between the years of 1954-1955, I think it is without a doubt that his music inspired a legion of guitarists that would become major influences themselves on the early rock and rockabilly scene emerging at that time. Duane Eddy himself twanged the thang in the late 50’s and the 60’s and you can hear his character sound in more recent music. He has just released a new album, let’s wish him all the best.

ON THIS DAY… 15 JUL 2010
I WAS INTERVIEWED BY DUANE EDDY FOR BBC RADIO 2

Today I went to the BBC Studios in West London, where they had prepared a link up with Duane Eddy in Nashville for a radio programme. Duane was hosting a tribute programme to Les Paul and we discussed the massive pioneering contribution that Les had presented to the world with his composition, recording and playing techniques. As Les had had a coast to coast television programme in the states; The Les Paul & Mary Ford Show between the years of 1954-1955, I think it is without a doubt that his music inspired a legion of guitarists that would become major influences themselves on the early rock and rockabilly scene emerging at that time. Duane Eddy himself twanged the thang in the late 50’s and the 60’s and you can hear his character sound in more recent music. He has just released a new album, let’s wish him all the best.

ON THIS DAY… 15 JUL 2010

I WAS INTERVIEWED BY DUANE EDDY FOR BBC RADIO 2

Today I went to the BBC Studios in West London, where they had prepared a link up with Duane Eddy in Nashville for a radio programme. Duane was hosting a tribute programme to Les Paul and we discussed the massive pioneering contribution that Les had presented to the world with his composition, recording and playing techniques. As Les had had a coast to coast television programme in the states; The Les Paul & Mary Ford Show between the years of 1954-1955, I think it is without a doubt that his music inspired a legion of guitarists that would become major influences themselves on the early rock and rockabilly scene emerging at that time. Duane Eddy himself twanged the thang in the late 50’s and the 60’s and you can hear his character sound in more recent music. He has just released a new album, let’s wish him all the best.

15 July 2010

15 July 2010

ON THIS DAY… 24 JUN 1969
LED ZEPPELIN RECORDED THE JOHN PEEL SESSIONS AT MAIDA VALE, LONDON

'Whole Lotta Love' / 'What Is and What Should Never Be' / 'Communication Breakdown' / 'Travelling Riverside Blues’
We recorded this show at Maida Vale studio to promote ‘Led Zeppelin II’. In typical Led Zeppelin tradition ‘Travelling Riverside Blues’ was made up on the spot from a riff I had on the electric twelve string. We had reached a point at the BBC where you could overdub a solo over the initial track of the song. This helped a lot to give a more complete rendition of our material and I must say the BBC engineer Tony Wilson did a really good job for us on this day. The BBC producer was John Walters.

ON THIS DAY… 24 JUN 1969

LED ZEPPELIN RECORDED THE JOHN PEEL SESSIONS AT MAIDA VALE, LONDON

'Whole Lotta Love' / 'What Is and What Should Never Be' / 'Communication Breakdown' / 'Travelling Riverside Blues

We recorded this show at Maida Vale studio to promote ‘Led Zeppelin II’. In typical Led Zeppelin tradition ‘Travelling Riverside Blues’ was made up on the spot from a riff I had on the electric twelve string. We had reached a point at the BBC where you could overdub a solo over the initial track of the song. This helped a lot to give a more complete rendition of our material and I must say the BBC engineer Tony Wilson did a really good job for us on this day. The BBC producer was John Walters.

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ON THIS DAY… 24 JUN 1969

LED ZEPPELIN RECORDED THE JOHN PEEL SESSIONS AT MAIDA VALE, LONDON

'Whole Lotta Love' / 'What Is and What Should Never Be' / 'Communication Breakdown' / 'Travelling Riverside Blues'

We recorded this show at Maida Vale studio to promote ‘Led Zeppelin II’. In typical Led Zeppelin tradition ‘Travelling Riverside Blues’ was made up on the spot from a riff I had on the electric twelve string. We had reached a point at the BBC where you could overdub a solo over the initial track of the song. This helped a lot to give a more complete rendition of our material and I must say the BBC engineer Tony Wilson did a really good job for us on this day. The BBC producer was John Walters.

24 June 1969

24 June 1969

26 MAY 1998
I APPEARED ON ‘LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND’ WITH ROBERT PLANT

Filmed on the 5th May, today in 1998 was the broadcast of the Page & Plant appearance on the Jools “The Stools” Holland Show for the BBC. We performed a fast and loose version of The Wanton Song.

26 MAY 1998

I APPEARED ON ‘LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND’ WITH ROBERT PLANT

Filmed on the 5th May, today in 1998 was the broadcast of the Page & Plant appearance on the Jools “The Stools” Holland Show for the BBC. We performed a fast and loose version of The Wanton Song.

26 MAY 1998

I APPEARED ON ‘LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND’ WITH ROBERT PLANT

Filmed on the 5th May, today in 1998 was the broadcast of the Page & Plant appearance on the Jools “The Stools” Holland Show for the BBC. We performed a fast and loose version of The Wanton Song.

26 May 1998

26 May 1998

14 APR 1969

LED ZEPPELIN 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.

14 April 1969

14 April 1969

ON THIS DAY
06 APRIL 1958
I APPEARED ON BBC’S ‘ALL YOUR OWN’ PROGRAMME

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.

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ON THIS DAY

06 APRIL 1958

I APPEARED ON BBC’S ‘ALL YOUR OWN’ PROGRAMME

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.

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