Rock Chronology #147: Ramble On


“Ramble On”, Led Zeppelin, 1969.

We’re finally down to the last few songs of the 60’s, and it’s been a hell of a ride. We started out seeing how Rock was just this music that a few fringe British groups were doing in the mid sixties. From there it co-opted the Folk movement in the US to make it a Folk Rock movement. And then Sgt. Peppers came along, and Rock music took off like a rocket. From there it just kept growing until 1969 which is really the peak for both Rock and the Music Industry in general.

The glory of the 60’s could not last forever unfortunately. The Beatles broke up in 1969, easily the biggest of all the UK acts. And what about the US? The biggest acts were basically Simon and Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison (i.e. The Doors). Well the first act broke up at the beginning of the 70’s and the other three died. The leaving of all of these great bands basically killed the upward momentum from the 60’s.

What is amazing though is that even with all of these great bands leaving, sales didn’t really drop either. Instead sales plateaued. That really shows you how powerful the upward momentum was from the 60’s. Many of the great bands of the 60’s would leave but a like number would take their place. It was time for the Beatles to step down as the lead band of the Rock movement, and it was time for Led Zeppelin to take their place for the 70’s.

So here is Led Zeppelin with their song “Ramble On”. It was included on the album Led Zeppelin II which has sold over 12 million albums in the US alone.

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