Accidental Rock and Roll

Accidental Rock and Roll

Led Zeppelin’s fourth album was released 47 years ago today (November 8th, 1971). The song “Rock and Roll” came about almost by accident.  It made it to # 47 on the Billboard Hot 100. Led Zeppelin started working on its fourth album at Island Studios in London, but then shifted to the English coast, into a Victorian house called Headley Grange, where the band could take a more spontaneous approach to writing and recording. As Jimmy Page tells it, that’s exactly how the song “Rock and Roll” came about, jamming on a Little Richard drum beat

“We were recording another number entirely at Headley Grange, which was a place we used to stay in in a house that had a huge hall — we used to set the drums up in there. And Bonzo just had started this drumming track, which is actually from a Little Richard number, ‘Keep a Knockin’.’ But I didn’t think it. I just heard this and I started doing this thing straight off, the guitar riff. And we got up to the end of twelve bars and, ‘Hey, stop this, work on this.’ And that was it.”

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