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ON THIS DAY… 28 MAR 1973

‘HOUSES OF THE HOLY’ BY LED ZEPPELIN WAS RELEASED

My original idea for the opening tracks of ‘Houses of the Holy’ was that ‘The Song Remains the Same’ (originally called ‘The Overture’) would be a rousing instrumental introduction with layered electric guitars that would then segue into the next one, later to be titled ‘The Rain Song’.

Again there would be a contrasting acoustic instrumental movement that led to the first vocal of the album and the first verse of the song. During the routining of ‘The Song Remains the Same’, (then titled ‘The Plumpton and Worcester Races’), the half time vocal section was born and ‘The Overture’ shaped into a song. These rehearsals were done in Puddletown, on the River Piddle in Dorset.

When we came to record this on 18th May 1972 on The Rolling Stones’ mobile truck at Stargroves, the backing track of ‘The Song Remains the Same’ was played on a Fender electric 12-string, with Les Paul overdubs and standard tuning. ‘The Rain Song’ was in an unorthodox tuning on the six-string. On live shows it became a workout feature for the double neck.

ON THIS DAY… 28 MAR 1973
‘HOUSES OF THE HOLY’ BY LED ZEPPELIN WAS RELEASED

My original idea for the opening tracks of ‘Houses of the Holy’ was that ‘The Song Remains the Same’ (originally called ‘The Overture’) would be a rousing instrumental introduction with layered electric guitars that would then segue into the next one, later to be titled ‘The Rain Song’.
Again there would be a contrasting acoustic instrumental movement that led to the first vocal of the album and the first verse of the song. During the routining of ‘The Song Remains the Same’, (then titled ‘The Plumpton and Worcester Races’), the half time vocal section was born and ‘The Overture’ shaped into a song. These rehearsals were done in Puddletown, on the River Piddle in Dorset.
When we came to record this on 18th May 1972 on The Rolling Stones’ mobile truck at Stargroves, the backing track of ‘The Song Remains the Same’ was played on a Fender electric 12-string, with Les Paul overdubs and standard tuning. ‘The Rain Song’ was in an unorthodox tuning on the six-string. On live shows it became a workout feature for the double neck.

ON THIS DAY… 28 MAR 1973

‘HOUSES OF THE HOLY’ BY LED ZEPPELIN WAS RELEASED

My original idea for the opening tracks of ‘Houses of the Holy’ was that ‘The Song Remains the Same’ (originally called ‘The Overture’) would be a rousing instrumental introduction with layered electric guitars that would then segue into the next one, later to be titled ‘The Rain Song’.

Again there would be a contrasting acoustic instrumental movement that led to the first vocal of the album and the first verse of the song. During the routining of ‘The Song Remains the Same’, (then titled ‘The Plumpton and Worcester Races’), the half time vocal section was born and ‘The Overture’ shaped into a song. These rehearsals were done in Puddletown, on the River Piddle in Dorset.

When we came to record this on 18th May 1972 on The Rolling Stones’ mobile truck at Stargroves, the backing track of ‘The Song Remains the Same’ was played on a Fender electric 12-string, with Les Paul overdubs and standard tuning. ‘The Rain Song’ was in an unorthodox tuning on the six-string. On live shows it became a workout feature for the double neck.

28 March 1973

28 March 1973

04 MAY 1973

I PLAYED ATLANTA STADIUM WITH LED ZEPPELIN

We opened up the ‘73 US Summer tour in Atlanta at the Fulton County Stadium. It was an open air concert and we had something in the region of 50,000 people. It was truly apparent how the reputation of the group had spread by word of mouth and receptive ears! But what a welcome back to the States this was.

4 March 1973

4 March 1973

ON THIS DAY… 31 MAR 1975

'Suicide Sal' BY MAGGIE BELL WAS RELEASED

On this day 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’.

AUDIO: If You Don’t Know (Maggie Bell)

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ON THIS DAY… 31 MAR 1975

'Suicide Sal' BY MAGGIE BELL WAS RELEASED

On this day 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’.

AUDIO: If You Don’t Know (Maggie Bell)

31 March 1975

31 March 1975

ON THIS DAY… 30 MAR 1968
I PLAYED AT THE ANDERSON THEATER, NEW YORK WITH THE YARDBIRDS

On this day in 1968, The Yardbirds played the Anderson Theater in New York and Epic Records hoped to record the show. 

ON THIS DAY… 30 MAR 1968

I PLAYED AT THE ANDERSON THEATER, NEW YORK WITH THE YARDBIRDS

On this day in 1968, The Yardbirds played the Anderson Theater in New York and Epic Records hoped to record the show. 

30 March 1968

30 March 1968

ON THIS DAY… 29 MARCH 1965

THERE WAS A WHOLE LOTTA PAGE

In the UK charts this week in 1965, I appeared on ‘I Can’t Explain’ by The Who, where I played second guitar to Pete Townshend’s lead, ‘I Know A Place’ by Petula Clark and ‘Come And Stay With Me’ by Marianne Faithfull, as a studio musician.

Ten years later on, this week in March 1975, Led Zeppelin were the first band ever to have six albums on the Billboard charts.

29 March 1965

29 March 1965

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ON THIS DAY… 28 MAR 1973

‘HOUSES OF THE HOLY’ BY LED ZEPPELIN WAS RELEASED

My original idea for the opening tracks of ‘Houses of the Holy’ was that ‘The Song Remains the Same’ (originally called ‘The Overture’) would be a rousing instrumental introduction with layered electric guitars that would then segue into the next one, later to be titled ‘The Rain Song’.

Again there would be a contrasting acoustic instrumental movement that led to the first vocal of the album and the first verse of the song. During the routining of ‘The Song Remains the Same’, (then titled ‘The Plumpton and Worcester Races’), the half time vocal section was born and ‘The Overture’ shaped into a song. These rehearsals were done in Puddletown, on the River Piddle in Dorset.

When we came to record this on 18th May 1972 on The Rolling Stones’ mobile truck at Stargroves, the backing track of ‘The Song Remains the Same’ was played on a Fender electric 12-string, with Les Paul overdubs and standard tuning. ‘The Rain Song’ was in an unorthodox tuning on the six-string. On live shows it became a workout feature for the double neck.

ON THIS DAY… 28 MAR 1973
'HOUSES OF THE HOLY' BY LED ZEPPELIN WAS RELEASED

My original idea for the opening tracks of ‘Houses of the Holy’ was that ‘The Song Remains the Same’ (originally called ‘The Overture’) would be a rousing instrumental introduction with layered electric guitars that would then segue into the next one, later to be titled ‘The Rain Song’.
Again there would be a contrasting acoustic instrumental movement that led to the first vocal of the album and the first verse of the song. During the routining of ‘The Song Remains the Same’, (then titled ‘The Plumpton and Worcester Races’), the half time vocal section was born and ‘The Overture’ shaped into a song. These rehearsals were done in Puddletown, on the River Piddle in Dorset.
When we came to record this on 18th May 1972 on The Rolling Stones’ mobile truck at Stargroves, the backing track of ‘The Song Remains the Same’ was played on a Fender electric 12-string, with Les Paul overdubs and standard tuning. ‘The Rain Song’ was in an unorthodox tuning on the six-string. On live shows it became a workout feature for the double neck.

ON THIS DAY… 28 MAR 1973

'HOUSES OF THE HOLY' BY LED ZEPPELIN WAS RELEASED

My original idea for the opening tracks of ‘Houses of the Holy’ was that ‘The Song Remains the Same’ (originally called ‘The Overture’) would be a rousing instrumental introduction with layered electric guitars that would then segue into the next one, later to be titled ‘The Rain Song’.

Again there would be a contrasting acoustic instrumental movement that led to the first vocal of the album and the first verse of the song. During the routining of ‘The Song Remains the Same’, (then titled ‘The Plumpton and Worcester Races’), the half time vocal section was born and ‘The Overture’ shaped into a song. These rehearsals were done in Puddletown, on the River Piddle in Dorset.

When we came to record this on 18th May 1972 on The Rolling Stones’ mobile truck at Stargroves, the backing track of ‘The Song Remains the Same’ was played on a Fender electric 12-string, with Les Paul overdubs and standard tuning. ‘The Rain Song’ was in an unorthodox tuning on the six-string. On live shows it became a workout feature for the double neck.