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Uke 'An Play Led Zeppelin

Uke 'An Play Led Zeppelin

If you put in one part Sorceror, one part Thunder, one part Groove, one Lemon and one part Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, what do you get?

Uke 'An Play Led Zeppelin, of course! In June 2012, Alfred Music Publishing released this 93-page book as part of its "Uke 'An Play" series, which also allows you to play like The Rolling Stones and Jimmy Buffet. It is the result of over 2 years of research and writing.

Included songs are Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown, D'yer Mak'er, Dancing Days, Good Times Bad Times, Houses of the Holy, Immigrant Song, In the Evening, Kashmir, Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman), The Ocean, Over the Hills and Far Away, Rock and Roll, Stairway to Heaven and Whole Lotta Love.

One might think that this release may have a limited target audience since it is, of course, tablature arranged for ukulele, however that is so much far from the truth, it's insane.

You can be a Youtube star, you can play for your company christmas parties, put your infant children to sleep, be nostalgic to your Zeppelin roots, be the next ukulele virtuoso, etc. The possibilities are endless.

I'll admit that I was a bit hesitant when this arrived at my doorstep. I tuned up my 1960s Lindell soprano uke, symbolically put on my black Cosmic outfit and played along to Rock And Roll, daydreaming that the lights came on stage and I was standing there in front of 25,000 people at Madison Square Garden.

It was a pure pleasure playing with Led Zeppelin songs and Uke 'An Play Led Zeppelin. I can't hardly wait to see which band gets released next in their series.

Jeff Strawman
Sept. 10, 2012

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West
April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour
April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show
April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.
April xx, 1971 - Untitled is rumored to be released this month
April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios
April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour
April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts
April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack
April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold
April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters
April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance
April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future
April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham
April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour
April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."
April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.
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