When Jimmy Page Joined Van Morrison and Them on the 1964 ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ Session

by Jeremy Spirogis
When Jimmy Page Joined Van Morrison and Them on the 1964 ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ Session

It can’t be a very good feeling when members of a band turned up at a report date to search out session musicians able to take their place. Ringo Starr definitely wasn’t completely satisfied to be taught another person would play drums on the primary Beatles recording classes.

But session musicians might simply be an insurance coverage coverage for producers. That was the case when Jimmy Page turned up at The Who’s first report date. As Page recalled it, you may barely hear him enjoying behind Pete Townshend on “I Can’t Explain.” In Page’s phrases, “I didn’t need to be there.”

The similar is perhaps stated for the classes for Them’s “Baby Please Don’t Go,” although it relies upon who you ask. Billy Harrison, who performed lead guitar for the band (and at this session), described a certain quantity of grumbling within the studio as a consequence of Page’s presence.

Van Morrison, who fronted Them and obtained his hit track “Gloria” on the B-side of “Baby Please Don’t Go,” stated he had no drawback in any respect having Page there. Either approach, the 19-year-old Morrison and 20-year-old Page made fairly a report with the others within the studio that day in 1964.

Them recorded a blistering model of the standard blues monitor

Rock band “Them” that includes Van Morrison (entrance left) pose for a portrait in 1964 in London. | Cyrus Andrews/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Them didn’t final terribly lengthy as a band and Morrison’s run within the group (1964-66) totaled just some years. However, the band managed to report a handful of singles that bounce out at listeners greater than 50 years later.

“Baby Please Don’t Go,” a standard blues made well-known by Big Joe Williams within the 1930s, counts amongst them. Harrison’s distinctive guitar lick cuts via the audio system to at the present time, as does the pulsing rhythm and Morrison vocal.

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The day Page met Morrison definitely stood out to the Led Zeppelin founder years later. “My first impression of Van Morrison was that he was a terrific singer,” Page advised Cameron Crowe. “No, I take that back. I thought he was a really dirty singer. Everything he did had a real big pair of balls to it.”

You might say the identical in regards to the guitar strains of Harrison or the drumming by one other session man, Bobby Graham. Morrison additionally remembered Page within the studio enjoying “Baby Please Don’t Go.”

Van Morrison stated he liked having Jimmy Page within the studio

Jimmy Page performs bass alongside singer Keith Relf in “The Yardbirds,” August 1966 in Manitou Beach, MI. | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

As the a long time go, you discover rockers mellowing and relating to their early report dates with calm detachment. That’s how Morrison remembered the classes with Page and Them that produced “Baby Please Don’t Go.” Looking again, he stated he had no drawback with Page there.

“I loved it,” he advised Louder in 2015. “It didn’t bother me at all.” While that take didn’t match the reminiscence of Graham (the session drummer), Morrison did provide some particulars on Page’s contribution to the monitor.

“Jimmy’s playing a detuned six-string guitar, so he’s actually doubling the bass part, then when it drops down low he’s playing this thing behind the vocal,” Morrison advised Louder. “It’s a tuned-down guitar but it sounds like a bass.”

Also see: When the 21-Year-Old Jimmy Page Recorded With a Teenage David Bowie

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