Friday, August 7, 2015

On This Day 07 August

A joy to hear anytime anyplace
1971 07 August Led Zeppelin at Montreux
  • 1966 The Yardbirds - Mentor, MN at Maple Lake Pavilion
  • 1969 Led Zeppelin - Berkeley, CA at Berkeley Community Theatre
  • 1971 Led Zeppelin - Montreux, Switzerland at Montreux Casino Hall

1971 Led Zeppelin at Montreux

1971 Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin at Montreux
With the help of Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegün of Atlantic Records,  in 1967 Claude Nobs, Géo Voumard and René Langel founded the Montreux Jazz Festival. Originally a jazz festival, it opened up to other music genres in the 1970s.  Led Zeppelin played Montreux that year and the next.

In British slang, a nob is an important person, a person of social distinction.  In 1970 Eva Von Zeppelin threatened to sue the band for making money off her family name.  “Then we shall call ourselves the Nobs when we go to Copenhagen,” shrugged Page. “The whole thing is absurd.”

Did Led Zeppelin choose to call themselves The Nobs for a little while because of Claude or because of Eva? Jimmy Page hasn't explained.

I'm still out of town, so here's mostly non-On This Day related music for you.

♪  16mm film (Led Zeppelin, Montreux 1971) YouTube
♪  Jimmy Page "Domino" East Rutherford, New Jersey 1999
♪  Embryo No. 2 - Jimmy Page (It Might Get Loud)
♪  Stairway to Heaven (Jimmy Page with Jeff Beck & Eric Clapton, MSG 1983) YouTube

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