Music Diary – 5th December

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 5th December! Little Richard

Happy birthday to Rock’n’Roll legend Little Richard, who was born under his real name Richard Wayne Penniman on the 5th December 1932 in Macon, Georgia (USA). The American musician, singer and piano player recorded many hits and classics of the Rock’n’Roll era like „Lucille“ (1957), „Long Tall Sally“ (1956) and“Tutti Frutti“ (1955), which was included in the Library of Congress‘ National Recording Registry in 2010, claiming the „unique vocalizing over the irresistible beat announced a new era in music.“


From 1951 until 1954 Little Richard recorded six singles, which didn’t succeed. In October 1955 the singer has his big breakthrough with „Tutti Frutti“, which reached No. 2 in the R&B chart in the USA. In March 1956 he had his first No. 1 with „Long Tall Sally“ (also on the R&B chart). With „Rip it up“ (1956) and „Lucille“ (1957) he had two more number one hits in his country. Also his debut album „Here’s Little Richards“ (1957) charted. Becoming a millionaire, Little Richard bought himsalef a mansion and moved to Los Angeles. In October 1957 he changed his mind completely and announced his decision to follow a life in the ministry. He explained his decision later that during a flight he had seen the plane’s red hot engines and felt angels were holding it up. And during a concert in Australia he saw a bright red fireball flying across the sky above him – for him it was sign from God to stop his wild Rock’n’Roll lifestyle and to start performing secular music and enter the ministry. He kept on recording Gospel songs over the years and concentrated on his life as a preacher.


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Music Diary – 8th November

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 8th November!

Led_Zeppelin_IV

On the 8th November 1971 one of the most legendary LPs in Rock history was released: The fourth studio album by Led Zeppelin, simply titled „IV„, hit the stores. It’s also called „Four Symbols„, „The Fourth Album“ or „Led Zeppelin IV“. Although nothing is printed on the cover, neither title nor band name and no picture of the group or members is featured on the artwork, „Led Zeppelin IV“ has been sold over 37 million copies worldwide and with a 23-times platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America, it’s after Michael Jackson’s „Thriller“ the second-best-selling album in the USA ever.

The eight songs were recorded between December 1970 and March 1971 at several locations and produced by guitarist Jimmy Page. Many of the songs became classics in Rock history – like „Black Dog„, „Rock and Roll“ and „Stairway to Heaven„.


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Music Diary – 25th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 25th September!

John Henry Bonham (31st May 1948 – 25th September 1980)

John Henry Bonham (31st May 1948 – 25th September 1980)

Back in 1980 another great musician passed away far too early: Led Zeppelin drummer John „Bonzo“ Bonham died after a heavy drinking session at the age of 32. The British musician is still considered as one of the best drummers in Rock history.

John Bonham SignJohn Henry Bonham was born on the 31st May 1948 in the Redditch, Worcestershire, UK. It was obvious that Bonham should become an outstanding drummer: At the age of five he built his own drum kit of containers, cans and tins. Ten years later he get his first proper drum kit. Shortly after that the drummer joined in 1964 his first group called „Terry Webb and the Spiders“. In 1966 Bonham was a member of „A Way Of Life“ and his next stop was at the Blues band „Crawling King Snakes“, where he met Robert Plant for the first time. The singer formed afterwards his group Band Of Joy with Bonham on the drums again. Shortly after that this band called it a day.

In 1968 Jimmy Page was searching for a new line up after the break-up of The Yardbirds. After recruiting Robert Plant also John Bonham became a member of the new band. Due to contract issues it was called firstly The New Yardbirds. Then John Paul Jones completed the line up and after a mini tour in Scandinavia the band changed the name into Led Zeppelin.


With John Bonham on the drums, Led Zeppelin recorded the legendary studio albums „Led Zeppelin“ (1969), „Led Zeppelin II“ (1969), „Led Zeppelin III“ (1970), „Led Zeppelin IV„(1971), „Houses of the Holy“ (1973), „Physical Graffiti“ (1975), „Presence“ (1976) and „In Through the Out Door“ (1979). In 1976 the live double LP set „The Song Remains the Same“ was released and in 1982 „Coda“ (a collection of unreleased tracks from 1969 until 1978) hit the record shops.

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