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Album: Led Zeppelin IIIReleased: 1970
Roy Harper is a folk singer from England who Jimmy Page met at the Bath Festival in 1970. He became friends with Page and Plant, who used him as the opening act on some Zeppelin tours. The song is a tribute to him.
In 1971, Page played on Harper's album Stormcock, appearing in the credits as "S. Flavius Mercurius." In 1985, Page recorded an album with Harper called Whatever Happened To Jugula.
Explaining this track to Melody Maker before the album was released, Jimmy Page said: "This came about from a jam Robert and I had one night. There is a whole tape of us bashing different blues things. Robert had been playing harmonica through the amp, then he used it to sing through. It's supposed to be a sincere hats off to Roy because he's really a talented bloke, who's had a lot of problems."
Zeppelin never performed this live.
Roy Harper sang lead on Pink Floyd's "Have A Cigar
." He was friends with the band, and they asked him to sing this because Roger Waters' voice was shot.
This was listed on the album as "Arranged by Charles Obscure," which was a pseudonym for Page.
The music is based on a Blues song by Bukka White called "Shake 'Em On Down."
Jimmy Page played slide guitar on this song.