Led Zeppelin: “Kashmir”
ALBUM: Physical Graffiti
WRITERS: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Bonham
At nearly eight-and-a-half minutes, not really a candidate for the Billboard Hot 100. But it was released as a single in Thailand.
During his lifetime, Zeppelin’s late drummer John Bonham had a reputation for occasionally flying off the handle. His son, Jason, says that one famous story behind the recording of the classic cut “Kashmir” involves just that. “They were recording it at Headley Grange, which was a huge manor house in England, and they’d just got into six minutes of it, ‘cause it’s a nine minute song. So there’s this huge grandfather clock all of a sudden goes off, coming out loud onto the mic. My dad stops, walks up to the grandfather clock, headbutts it, smashes it up, throws it down the stairs. When they left Headley Grange they got such a large bill for damages — things kept going off and things they stole, antiques and things like that. And the bill was huge. That’s the classic story behind ‘Kashmir.’”
Jason Bonham, the drummer son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, turns 50 years old today (July 15th).