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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

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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