#1033: 1971, Led Zeppelin, The Battle of Evermore

by Jackie_South on July 2, 2015

Regular readers of our blog will know that we often mark the deaths of musicians by posting one of their songs. Regular readers might also have anticipated that one musical demise that we were likely to overlook was yesterday’s death of Val Doonican. Relaxed crooning, comedy songs, rocking chairs and colourful jumpers are not quite All That’s Left‘s style.

However, reading up on Doonican today, I discovered that he contributed towards the harmonies of The Battle of Evermore. This unlikely collaboration resulted from the involvement of Doonican’s and Robert Plant’s mutual friend, Sandy Denny, who duets with Plant on this track from Led Zeppelin IV.

Even if the lyrics might be overly Tolkien-influenced (sorry, George), The Battle of Evermore is a song of beauty and a distinct departure from Zeppelin‘s more typical fare, with its mandolin, acoustic guitar and its folky call-and-response between Plant and Denny. Even if Doonican’s role might be less apparent, he played his part too in this delicate piece.

Val Doonican, RIP.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike Killingworth July 3, 2015 at 7:22 am
Ray_North July 3, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Val Doonican and Led Zep! Genius.


glenn July 3, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Total and undiluted round things

Put on Wiki to catch out lazy cutting and pasting Grub Street hacks.


glenn July 4, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Oh, and hey, Matthew Norman award winning Independent columnist was the lazy one who fell for it in his Friday piece.


Jackie_South July 6, 2015 at 9:38 pm


It may possibly be an urban myth.

But (to borrow from the Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) in music when the legend becomes fact, print the legend!


Sean August 31, 2015 at 5:34 pm

What exactly did Val do on Battle of Evermore?


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