Precursor to Led Zeppelin’s seminal version

The Association

Babe I’m Gonna Leave You


Release Date: April 29th, 1965

Words by: Roland Ellis
April 29th, 1965


“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” was written by Anne Bredon in the late 1950s. It wasn’t until Led Zeppelin’s version in 1969, however, that the song reached full potential.

It underwent a number of interpretations before that point, including covers by Joan Baez and Mark Wynter.

Californian band The Association recorded “Babe” for release in May 1965. Their version is perhaps closest to Zeppelin’s in terms of instrumentation and arrangement, though it lacks the clear sectional definition of the UK band’s recording.

Precursor to Led Zeppelin’s seminal version Left: The Association in 1965 Right: Led Zeppelin 1968

The Association would have to come close to holding the record for most former band members. I count 31 since the band started in 1965. It’s a statistic that makes the release of “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” in the very early days of the group’s life more than just a little ironic.

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