Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones released a video of him recording the infamous hit song, “When The Levee Breaks,” with 17 musicians from around the world.
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Led Zeppelin recorded the classic track and released it in 1971.
The video was produced by Sebastian Robertson (who also plays guitar on the track) and Mark Johnson for the Playing for Change’s Song Around the World initiative. All proceeds generated by the new rendition will reportedly go to charity partners of Peace Through Music, including Conservation International, American Rivers, WWF, Reverb, and the Playing For Change Foundation.
Originally, “When The Levee Breaks” was written by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie two years after the event known as the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. See that version below. Led Zeppelin recorded their own version for their album, Led Zeppelin IV.
See a full list of the musicians on the new rendition below. And see the new track below.
“When The Levee Breaks” featured artists:
Alfredo Arce: Siku Flute
Ben Lee: Harmonica
Buffalo Nichols: Vocals, Guitar
Davey Chegwidden: Dundun Drums
Derek Trucks: Slide Guitar
Drums of the Pacific: Dancing, Log Drums
Elle Márjá Eira: Vocals
Jason Tamba: Banjo
John Paul Jones: Bass
Keith Secola: Slide Guitar
Mermans Mosengo: Harmonica
Nakeiltha Campbell: Dundun Drums
Pete Sands: Acoustic Guitar
Sebastian Robertson: Electric Guitar
Sikiru Adepoju: Talking Drum
Susan Tedeschi: Vocals
Stephen Perkins: Drums
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