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On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin appeared at the Bluesville 69 Club at the Hornsey Wood Tavern, Finsbury Park, London, England. The tiny venue was a function room at the back of the pub, and was so small that the stage was only just big enough for John Bonham’s drums. The rest of the group had to stand on the floor at the same level as the crowd. It was in stark contract to the massive arena concerts the band would go on to play. Page suggested that they attempt “Train Kept A-Rollin”, originally a jump blues song popularised in a rockabilly version by Johnny Burnette, which had been covered by the Yardbirds.
Paul McCartney has won nearly every accolade there is but still nothing beats the acceptance and admiration of your peers. An all-star...