Single Stories: Led Zeppelin, “Fool in the Rain”
Since itâs April Foolâs Day, we thought long and hard about what we could write about today, and since we didnât want to get murdered in our sleep, we decided to shelve our initial plans to trumpet the release of a heretofore-unreleased Led Zeppelin album and instead just focus on a song by the band thatâs got the word âFoolâ in it. Frankly, we just felt it was safer that way.
Produced by Jimmy Page for the bandâs IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR ALBUM, âFool in the Rainâ holds a special place in Led Zeppelin history as the last single released by the band before they disbanded in the wake of John Bonhamâs death, but itâs also notable for being a track that the band never played live. That said, Robert Plant did team up with Pearl Jam to perform the song for a Hurricane Katrina benefit in 2005, a musical moment in history which was undeniably cool.
The songâs unexpected samba beat came about as a result of all the World Cup soccer tournament action he was enjoying in â78 â thank you, Argentina, for hosting the tourney that year â and he apparently decided that if the rhythm was going to get him, it was damned well going to get the rest of Led Zeppelin, tooâ¦or, you know, something like that.
Upon its release as a single, âFool in the Rainâ climbed to #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, but those who listen to classic rock radio know full well that it might as well have gone to #1 for all of the airplay itâs continued to get over the years.