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  1. On my copy of Truth, Beck admits to stealing the "Ain't Superstitious" riff from Howlin' Wolf, but justifies it by claiming "but he doesn't mind because I asked him". I'm not sure if I'd call that "doing the right thing". Besides that, the song borrows significantly from Willie Dixon's song of the same name ( ), yet it's credited to Beck/Stewart. Hmmm.
  2. Here is the track, released in early 1969. There is a faction of Led Zeppelin fans who believe that this song was John Paul Jones' inspiration for the "Black Dog" riff. (Although I personally think Jones got it from )
  3. Nice find. Those are the earliest known adverts for a Robert Plant performance.
  4. Thanks for the additional info. The release date has always been unconfirmed, but it's nice to know that it was after 1968. I believe that the recording date was much ealier, possibly as early as mid-1965. Did John really continue his career into the '70s? If so, what did he do? Was he in a band or did he do solo acoustic/coffeehouse material? What did he do after he left the business?
  5. Jimmy has confirmed that he and Robert both played guitar during the Bron-yr-aur retreat of 1970. Listen closely and you can hear two guitars on several recordings:
  6. Actually, Jones says on his website that he played with the Detroit Spinners in 1966-68. No further details are known, however.
  7. http://www.elixirstrings.com/artists/JohnPaulJones.html Most Influential Musicians: James Jamerson & Duck Dunn Even if Jones didn't know Jamerson by name, he was certainly aware of his work and heavily influenced by his style. In fact, Jones was so adept at mimicing Jamerson's style, that producers frequently sought out Jones for any sessions that requred "Motown style" bass lines. "As a session musician, I did all the Motown covers because I was the only one who knew how to play in that style" (quote from Barney Hoskyns' book).
  8. I don't think there were any pressings that were actually credited to "John Paul Jones". (I've never seen one, at least.) As far as I know, the original UK 45 was credited to "John Paul Joans", while the original U.S. 45 was credited to "J.P. Jones". That's when Peter Grant stepped in. The US 45 was then re-issued under the artist name "John". Supposedly, the UK 45 was re-issued under the artist name "John Paul Johns", but I have never seen a copy with that name on it.
  9. The band's popularity had declined quite a bit since Jeff Beck left the group, so I don't think they could pick and choose all the "top" venues of the day. Besides that, Peter Grant booked them to play wherever he could make money; if that meant playing a concert at a high school, it didn't matter as long as the band got paid. I would bet that they made more money playing that high school than they made from an average show booked by Giorgio Gomelsky or Simon Napier-Bell.
  10. Toward the end there is footage of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd at McCartney's birthday party on June 18, 1976.
  11. FWIW, The James Gang are not known to have opened for Zep prior to Jimmy acquiring the guitar. However, they did open for The Yardbirds in Ohio in 1968. Based on the James Gang concert list, it seems like Walsh must have flown to New York on either April 18th (in which case he would have had to leave immediately to play a gig on the 19th), or he flew to New York on the 20th. edit: I suppose it's possible that Walsh actually sold the guitar to Jimmy at a much earlier date. Maybe Jimmy met with Joe while they were both in Michigan on January 16th, and then Joe flew to New York on January 30th?
  12. On the contrary; I think Wood is telling the truth as he remembers it. He most likely did meet members of The New Yardbirds. He just didn't meet Plant, Bonzo, or JPJ that day.
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