Wednesday, September 2, 2015

On This Day 02 September

Well, maybe not on THIS day...
1970 02 September On This Day Jimmy Page records Baby Who's Driving Your Car with John Williams vocals
(Note that Led Zeppelin is well documented to have been performing in Oakland On This Day)
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  • 1970 Jimmy Page with John Williams record Baby Who's Driving Your Car (incorrect date)
  • 1970 Led Zeppelin - Oakland,CA/Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena
  • 2008 Led Zeppelin - GQ Outstanding Achievement Award winners

John Williams was a vocalist and bass player for the rhythm and blues group, The Authentics. Also in that band was John's younger brother, Bernie, who had briefly been with Neil Christian & The Crusaders. (Jimmy Page had been in Neil Christian's band in 1960).

In 1965, Page worked with Andrew Loog Oldham as a talent scout & producer for Immediate Records. John Williams was signed to Immediate shortly thereafter. Probably Williams recorded The Maureeny Wishfull Album featuring Jimmy Page (guitar & sitar) and Big Jim Sullivan (guitar) sometime between 1965 and 1967, although the album was released in 1968.

The sixth Led Zeppelin US Tour was from the beginning of August 1970 through the middle of September 1970, so whenever Baby Who's Driving Your Car actually was recorded, it wasn't at Jimmy's house in England on this day in 1970. Interestingly enough even though John Williams was more of a folk singer his voice and presentation works well with the intensity of this song. But then we know who was driving that car, don't we.

1970 Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin Oakland

2008 Jimmy Page at GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House on September 2, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

2014 Jimmy Page (Ross Halfin photo)

♪  Baby Who's Driving Your Car (Jimmy Page feat. John Williams vocals, 1970) YouTube
♪  The Maureeny Wishfull Album (John Williams, feat. Jimmy Page guitar & sitar 1968) YouTube
♪  Dazed and Confused (Led Zeppelin, Oakland 1970) YouTube
♪  Bring It On Home (Led Zeppelin, Oakland 1970) YouTube
♪  Bron-Yr-Aur (Led Zeppelin, Oakland 1970) YouTube

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