Harmonica Heroes: Led Zeppelin—“Bring It On Home”

Giving Jimmy Page a run for his money is tough at the best of times, but his band mate Robert Plant does just that in the Zeppelin classic “Bring It On Home” with his howling blues style harmonica solos. Plant’szep sq harmonica playing truly brings it on home in that song.

The harmonica parts were actually recorded in Vancouver. Zeppelin, who was constantly touring at the time, traveled everywhere with the master tapes for Led Zeppelin II. Whenever the band could set aside enough time whilst on the road, the rockers would book time in a studio to record additional parts and overdubs.

“Bring It On Home” was influenced by a song of the same name recorded by blues great Sonny Boy Williamson, and written by Willie Dixon. The Dixon composition was so similar that years later, Led Zeppelin reached a settlement with Dixon over royalties for the song. The band eventually credited Dixon as the writer when the track appeared on Led Zeppelin’s How The West Was Won live DVD.

Yes, Robert Plant sings as well as any one of his contemporaries, but what may not be as well known is his mastery and complete control and heart and soul harmonica playing throughout his career.

Check out Led Zeppelin’s “Bring It On Home” below:

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