Jimmy Page Subtly Quoted the Beatles’ ‘Something’ on Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rain Song’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jimmy Page along on stage in 1975

If you consider Jimmy Page largely because the guitar god behind a few of rock’s biggest riffs and solos, we don’t blame you. His work on Led Zeppelin tracks equivalent to “Stairway to Heaven,” “Whole Lotta Love,” and “Achilles Last Stand” cemented his place on the Mount Rushmore of guitarists.

But anybody who ignores Page’s work as a composer and producer misses his full impression on music. On the Physical Graffiti (1975) monitor “Ten Years Gone,” Page delivered considered one of his timeless compositions, constructed along with his technique of layering and orchestrating guitars.

Meanwhile, his manufacturing on “When the Levee Breaks” highlighted his skill to assume past the constraints of recording studios. Page did all of it with Zeppelin, and by the early ’70s he’d gained confidence in his skill as a composer.

So when former Beatles guitarist George Harrison noticed a Zep present and puzzled the place the ballads had been, Page took it as a problem. While composing “The Rain Song,” he gave Harrison his ballad, and even quoted chords from the guitarist’s most well-known Beatles monitor in it.

George Harrison requested John Bonham why Led Zeppelin didn’t do ballads

Jimmy Page along on stage in 1975
Led Zeppelin, 1975: Jimmy Page at Earls Court | Chris Walter/WireImage

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After seeing Zeppelin carry out in Los Angeles, Harrison was reportedly wowed by the band’s endurance. Zep might play three-hour units on any given night time. Compared to the brisk (30-minute) Beatles exhibits of the mid-’60s, it was a distinct world. But Harrison took problem with the dearth of Zep ballads.

In Light and Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page, Zep’s mastermind recalled Harrison bringing it up with drummer John Bonham. “George was talking to Bonzo one evening and said, ‘The problem with you guys is that you never do ballads,’” Page recalled.

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When Page heard the anecdote from Bonham, he took it as a private problem. “I said, ‘I’ll give [Harrison] a ballad.’” And Page began work on a brand new monitor for the following Zep album, Houses of the Holy (1975).

After the expertly designed opener, “The Song Remains the Same,” Houses takes a flip into “The Rain Song.” That second monitor was the result of Page’s effort to ship a ballad for Harrison. And he included a message for the Beatles guitarist.

Jimmy Page quoted the ‘Something’ chords in the beginning of ‘The Rain Song’

Jimmy Page playing guitar in the stage spotlight, 1973Jimmy Page playing guitar in the stage spotlight, 1973
Jimmy Page performs a Gibson Les Paul Standard at Madison Square Garden in July 1973. | David Redfern/Redferns

Clearly, Page felt like he was on the high of his sport on this interval (1972), and the musical nod he included to Harrison in “The Rain Song” mirrored that. “You’ll notice I even quote ‘Something’ in the [‘Rain Song’s’] first two chords,” he mentioned in Light and Shade.

On the 1973 tour (immortalized within the Song Remains the Same movie), Led Zeppelin would play these first two tracks to Houses of the Holy with out a break in between. It was one of many highlights of these exhibits, and helps clarify why Zep broke attendance information set by The Beatles throughout that run.

Indeed, Zeppelin as a band was on the high of its sport within the first half of the ’70s. On “The Rain Song,” John Paul Jones acquired to point out off his arranging expertise along with his mellotron work. The hovering Robert Plant vocal, Bonham drum work, and Page’s stirring guitar pushed it excessive. Zeppelin at its peak was one thing to behold.

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