Kids + Led Zeppelin + Xylophones = Awesome

An ensemble of over 50 student musicians aged 7-12, Louisville Leopard Percussionists, are seriously talented. Watch them do a medley of Led Zeppelin classics “Immigrant Song,” “The Ocean,” and “Kashmir.”

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This Day in Music History — January 7

1968 : The influential San Francisco radio station KMPX asks listeners to select their choices for the upcoming elections. They choose Bob Dylan for President, Paul Butterfield as Vice-President, and George Harrison ambassador to the UN.

1980 : Led Zeppelin’s In Through The Out Door is certified platinum; it will be the last Zep album issued while drummer John Bonham is alive.

2006 : Pink marries the motocross rider Carey Hart in Costa Rica.

2009 : At the 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Carrie Underwood is the night’s big winner, taking home the Favorite Female Singer, Country Song (“Last Name”) and Favorite Star Under 35 Awards. Rascal Flatts also picks up an award for Favorite Group.

2012 : Katy Perry’s album Teenage Dream becomes the first album in history to have 7 songs from the same album reach #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. This was official as soon as the single “The One That Got Away” hit #1.

This Day in Music History — December 4

1956 : At Sun Studio in Memphis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis jam together on a few tunes. Johnny Cash shows up later to get in the picture and complete what will become known as the “Million Dollar Quartet.”

1969 : Jay-Z is born in housing projects in Brooklyn – something he will remind us of many times in his raps.

1971 : During a Frank Zappa concert, the Montreaux Casino in Switzerland catches fire when someone fires a flare gun, inspiring Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water.” Deep Purple were there to record their album Machine Head the following day, but ended up using the Grand Hotel and including the song as a last-minute addition.

1980 : Led Zeppelin makes it official: they will not continue after the death of their drummer John Bonham. They never fully reform, but do play some shows with Jason Bonham filling in for his father.

1993 : Frank Zappa dies of terminal prostate cancer at age 52 in Los Angeles, California.

New Music Tuesday — October 28

Click on the album to listen.

With a Little Help from My Fwends Led Zeppelin IV [Deluxe Edition] Rock & Roll Time
The Flaming Lips Led Zeppelin Jerry Lee Lewis
With a Little Help from My Fwends Led Zeppelin IV Rock & Roll Time
RTJ2 Super Critical Money Sucks, Friends Rule
Run The Jewels The Ting Tings Dillon Francis
RTJ2 Super Critical Money Sucks, Friends Rule
 Haerts  Heartstrings  Montevallo
Haerts Leighton Meester Sam Hunt
Haerts Heartstrings Montevallo
 Baltimore Crush  Forever The Who Hits 50!
DRGN King Mystery Skulls The Who
Baltimore Crush Forever The Who Hits 50!

This Day in Music History — September 25

1956 : Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender becomes the first single to sell a million copies before its release.

1980 : Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham dies at age 32 of asphyxiation from vomiting after a night of heavy drinking. The band decides to break up instead of replacing him.

1990 : Dave Grohl, former drummer of the Washington DC band Scream, joins Nirvana.

2012 : Two con artists, Alpha Lorenzo Walker and Tamara Diaz, are sentenced to 292 days in jail and 3 years’ probation after an attempt to blackmail Stevie Wonder. The pair had somehow obtained or created a video portraying Wonder in a negative light and were demanding $5 million under threat of releasing it to the public. The pair were caught in a sting operation.