ON THIS DAY… 30 SEP 1971
I MADE A STOP IN BANGKOK, THAILAND COMING BACK FROM A JAPANESE TOUR

I made a stop in Bangkok, Thailand coming back from a Japanese tour. I had been in transit in Thailand once before in 1967, en route from Australia to India, but this time I had some camera equipment newly aquired in Japan. I took some photos and footage in Bangkok, and boy has the skyline changed in 40 years but the soul remains the same. Music recorded in a taxi cab.

WATCH VIDEO
IMAGE: ENTRY PASSPORT STAMP TO THAILAND

ON THIS DAY… 30 SEP 1971

I MADE A STOP IN BANGKOK, THAILAND COMING BACK FROM A JAPANESE TOUR

I made a stop in Bangkok, Thailand coming back from a Japanese tour. I had been in transit in Thailand once before in 1967, en route from Australia to India, but this time I had some camera equipment newly aquired in Japan. I took some photos and footage in Bangkok, and boy has the skyline changed in 40 years but the soul remains the same. Music recorded in a taxi cab.

WATCH VIDEO

IMAGE: ENTRY PASSPORT STAMP TO THAILAND

ON THIS DAY… 30 SEP 1971

I MADE A STOP IN BANGKOK, THAILAND COMING BACK FROM A JAPANESE TOUR

I made a stop in Bangkok, Thailand coming back from a Japanese tour. I had been in transit in Thailand once before in 1967, en route from Australia to India, but this time I had some camera equipment newly aquired in Japan. I took some photos and footage in Bangkok, and boy has the skyline changed in 40 years but the soul remains the same. Music recorded in a taxi cab.

WATCH VIDEO

30 September 1971

30 September 1971

29 SEP 1971

THE END OF THE LED ZEPPELIN TOUR OF JAPAN

This was another recorded concert in Japan at Osaka and the last of a series of successful concerts in this country. During the acoustic set of ‘That’s the Way’, ‘Going to California’ and ‘Tangerine’, John Bonham nipped off stage and hadn’t returned for the electric ‘What Is and What Should Never Be’. So we continued the acoustic set with a quick re-tune for ‘Friends’ - the first and only time we were to play this song live. We finished the song and he still wasn’t back. Then, as Robert was to give a rendition of ‘When Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’, he still wasn’t back. With some encouragement from Robert P, the audience chanted ‘Where’s Mr Bonham!’ - he finally re-appeared and we finished the set.

29 September 1971

29 September 1971

ON THIS DAY… 28 SEP 1965

I WAS A STAFF PRODUCER AT IMMEDIATE RECORDS

When I was a staff producer at Immediate Records, this demo had been sent in and, when I heard it, I got really enthusiastic and had an acetate made to play to the heads of the label. I couldn’t get a bite on it .

The band was Martin Raynor and The Secrets from Kidderminster, in the Midlands. It was a song demo written by the vocalist Martin Raynor (aka Clifford T Ward) who later went on to have solo success in the UK in 1973 but with ‘Infatuation’ - he was way ahead of the London and Northern Soul movement on the evidence of this demo.

AUDIO: Infatuation (Martin Raynor and The Secrets)

49 plays

ON THIS DAY… 28 SEP 1965

I WAS A STAFF PRODUCER AT IMMEDIATE RECORDS

When I was a staff producer at Immediate Records, this demo had been sent in and, when I heard it, I got really enthusiastic and had an acetate made to play to the heads of the label. I couldn’t get a bite on it .

The band was Martin Raynor and The Secrets from Kidderminster, in the Midlands. It was a song demo written by the vocalist Martin Raynor (aka Clifford T Ward) who later went on to have solo success in the UK in 1973 but with ‘Infatuation’ - he was way ahead of the London and Northern Soul movement on the evidence of this demo.

AUDIO: Infatuation (Martin Raynor and The Secrets)

28 September 1965

28 September 1965

ON THIS DAY… 27 SEPTEMBER 1971

I PLAYED A BENEFIT GIG IN HIROSHIMA WITH LED ZEPPELIN

I played in Hiroshima on the first Led Zeppelin tour of Japan, the concert was to be a benefit for the victims. The mayor presented city medals and a letter of appreciation to the band and manager Peter Grant. It made me think long and hard about the concept of war and its concentrated horror.

The music featured is ‘Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima’ by Krzysztof Penderecki 1960.

VIEW PHOTOGRAPHS   |   WATCH HIROSHIMA VIDEO

ON THIS DAY… 27 SEPTEMBER 1971

I PLAYED A BENEFIT GIG IN HIROSHIMA WITH LED ZEPPELIN

I played in Hiroshima on the first Led Zeppelin tour of Japan, the concert was to be a benefit for the victims. The mayor presented city medals and a letter of appreciation to the band and manager Peter Grant. It made me think long and hard about the concept of war and its concentrated horror.

The music featured is ‘Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima’ by Krzysztof Penderecki 1960.

VIEW PHOTOGRAPHS   |   WATCH HIROSHIMA VIDEO

27 September 1971

27 September 1971

ON THIS DAY… 26 SEP 2006

JERRY LEE LEWIS’S ALBUM ‘LAST MAN STANDING’ WAS RELEASED

I had been asked to appear on the Jerry Lee Lewis album, ‘The Last Man Standing’. Steve Bing was financing, Jimmy Rip was producing and they wanted me to overdub guitar parts and solo on a re-recording of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock and Roll’. When I had just hit my teens, it was from Rock and Roll pioneers of the 50’s like Lewis and the likes of Roland Janes (the guitarist that played on the early Sun sessions with Lewis) that I learned to play - for these were the guys that really kicked things off. I was really determined to throw in my best performance for Jerry Lee, I owed him that. During this period, I had been rehearsing with some musicians when Jimmy Rip arrived to engineer my contribution. I had thought my performance might be recorded in this ambient setting, but instead I had to plug into the computer to record my bits. I could hear Jerry Lee in my headphones belting out a hot version of ‘Rock and Roll’, somehow I just didn’t pull it off the way I’d hoped. The experience left me thinking that I’d have liked to have been in the studio on the original session with The Killer!

Music Featured: Down the Line - Jerry Lee Lewis

9 plays

ON THIS DAY… 26 SEP 2006

JERRY LEE LEWIS’S ALBUM ‘LAST MAN STANDING’ WAS RELEASED

I had been asked to appear on the Jerry Lee Lewis album, ‘The Last Man Standing’. Steve Bing was financing, Jimmy Rip was producing and they wanted me to overdub guitar parts and solo on a re-recording of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock and Roll’. When I had just hit my teens, it was from Rock and Roll pioneers of the 50’s like Lewis and the likes of Roland Janes (the guitarist that played on the early Sun sessions with Lewis) that I learned to play - for these were the guys that really kicked things off. I was really determined to throw in my best performance for Jerry Lee, I owed him that. During this period, I had been rehearsing with some musicians when Jimmy Rip arrived to engineer my contribution. I had thought my performance might be recorded in this ambient setting, but instead I had to plug into the computer to record my bits. I could hear Jerry Lee in my headphones belting out a hot version of ‘Rock and Roll’, somehow I just didn’t pull it off the way I’d hoped. The experience left me thinking that I’d have liked to have been in the studio on the original session with The Killer!

Music Featured: Down the Line - Jerry Lee Lewis

26 September 2006

26 September 2006

ON THIS DAY… 25 SEP 1967

‘TEN LITTLE INDIANS’ WAS RECORDED

On this day, The Yardbirds recorded ‘Ten Little Indians’ at the Olympic Number Two Studio in London. It was on this session that I asked the engineer to try something new, by flipping the tape (so it played in reverse), isolating the brass track and applying and recording echo to the reverse signal of the brass. When the tape was flipped back and played, the echo was now in reverse and proceeded the brass. It was a cool effect. It was the first time this technique was employed, I used it again on the first Led Zeppelin album during ‘You Shook Me’ and on a number of Zep tracks to follow.

AUDIO: TEN LITTLE INDIANS (THE YARDBIRDS)