Wednesday, October 7, 2015

On This Day 7 October

Man of many surprises and talents
2013 07 October On This Day, Led Snooppelin (2008 Led Zeppelin / Snoop Dog mashup)

1966 07 October On This Day Jimmy Page sessions for Cliff Richard
  • 1966 Release of Time Drags By, by Cliff Richard, feat. Jimmy Page on harmonica
  • 1966 The Yardbirds-Bristol, England at Colston Hall
  • 1967 The Yardbirds-Holyoke, MA at Amusement Park Ballroom
  • 1981 Jimmy Page overdubbs orchestra track for Death Wish II at Edmonton Odeon studio
  • 1988 Jimmy Page Outrider Tour - Inglewood, CA at The Forum
  • 1995 Page & Plant Unledded Tour - Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • 2008 Mashup of Snoop Dog's Drop It Like It's Hot & Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love
  • 2014 Jimmy Page and Paul Smith launch a limited edition line of scarves at Paul Smith’s Tokyo store
Cliff Richard, born Harry Webb, is a British pop singer, musician, actor and philanthropist. He is the third-top-selling singles artist in UK Chart history after the Beatles and Elvis Presley. His backing band, The Shadows, grew from 1950s UK skiffle groups. They started out as The Drifters with Harry Webb on vocals and guitar and using the stage name, Cliff Richard. Cliff Richard and the Shadows dominated British pop music in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and Jimmy Page would have been quite aware of them. The Shadows split in 1968 but reformed with new members a few years later and continued to to perform and tour through a final tour in 2010.

In 1980, Richard changed his to his stage name legally and also that year he received the O.B.E. from the Queen for services to music and charity. In 1995, Richard was appointed a Knight Bachelor, the first rock star to be awarded that honor.

Jimmy Page wasn't needed for his guitar or bass talents on the Cliff Richard songs, but he was called on for his skills with harmonica. The video below for Time Drags By is from the movie referred to in the On This Day post - you don't need me to tell you that the actor pretending to play harmonica isn't Jimmy Page.  Don't confuse La La La Song (a.k.a. La La La La) with Led Zeppelin's La La, either. They don't sound at all alike. But interesting about the name.

Check out the harmonica on the Coverdale/Page track below, at approximately 1:46-2:36. That's Jimmy Page you hear.

1988 Jimmy Page Outrider promo photo
Jimmy Page was promoting the remasters releases, and one of the events was the launch of a line of Led Zeppelin scarves at Paul Smith's Tokyo store.
2014 07 October Jimmy Page and Paul Smith at the Paul Smith Store in Tokyo (Ross Halfin photo)

2014 07 October Paul Smith and Jimmy Page at the Paul Smith Store in Tokyo (Ross Halfin photo)

♪  Time Drags By (Cliff Richard and the Shadows, feat. Jimmy Page harmonica 1966) YouTube
♪  La La La Song (Cliff Richard and the Shadows, feat. Jimmy Page  harmonica 1966) YouTube
♪  Pride and Joy (Coverdale/Page 1993) YouTube
♪  Since I've Been Loving You (Page & Plant Mountain View 1995) YouTube
♪  Led Snooppelin (Led Zeppelin / Snoop Dog mashup 2008) YouTube
♪  La La Intro/Outro Rough Mix (Led Zeppelin II remaster 1969/2014) YouTube

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