Today in 1972 Led Zeppelin began their eighth North American tour, in Detroit. Two concerts, in Los Angeles and Long Beach, would be professionally recorded and officially released on Zeppelin’s 2003 CD How the West Was Won.
Today in 1968, a pre-Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page recorded with Joe Cocker at Olympic Studios in London, for Cocker’s debut album With a Little Help From My Friends. Page plays guitars on five songs, including the title track.
Today in 1968 the Yardbirds’ final studio recording session as a group took place at Columbia Studios in New York. The session included a Jimmy Page-written track called “Knowing That I’m Losing You,” which Jimmy Page would later re-record as “Tangerine” for inclusion on Led Zeppelin III.
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPh1r32TCMY
Today in 1974 the recording sessions for Zeppelin’s sixth album, Physical Graffiti, were completed. Mixing and editing were completed the following month, but the complex jacket design for the double album would delay its release until February 24, 1975.
Today in 1975 Led Zeppelin played the fourth of five massive shows at the Earls Court Arena. See the May 17, 2017 blog entry for details.
Today in 1977 Zeppelin played the Tarrant County Convention Center in Ft. Worth. Bad Company’s Mick Ralphs joined Jimmy Page onstage as second guitar for the encore, where they played a cover of the 1957 Jerry Lee Lewis song “It’ll Be Me.” A great guitar-driven rendition.
Today in 1969 Zeppelin started a 3-day recording and mixing session at A&R Studios in New York. The session included the recording of “Heartbreaker” and various other parts of new tracks for Led Zeppelin II. Supposedly the band was under pressure to finish the album in time for an autumn release (it was released on Oct. 22, 1969).
Also today, in 1985, Robert Plant’s third solo album, Shaken ‘n’ Stirred, was released. The album is rather lackluster, but features Plant’s second Mainstream Rock Tracks chart hit, “Little by Little,” which stayed at #1 for two weeks. The album itself reached #20 on the Billboard 200.