Infamous British rock group Led Zeppelin’s “Fool in the Rain” was the last single the band ever released before they formally disbanded in 1980. It appears on their eighth and final studio album “In Through the Out Door”.
Led Zeppelin consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The song heavily uses Latin music as an inspiration, sounding more like a Latin track than a traditional rock one. The origin of “Fool in the Rain” came from the groups’ bassist John Paul Jones and vocalist Robert Plant while they were watching the 1978 FIFA World Cup tournament in Argentina, where a heavy samba beat was consistent throughout the matches and games. Unfortunately, the track was not as heavily praised as some of the other remarkable tracks from the band such as their iconic track “Stairway to Heaven”, which was released in 1971. According to Genius.com, the song is written “from the perspective of a man who’s smitten, anxious and excited to meet up with a woman, Plant sings about a missed date and how disappointed he is that he’s being stood up: the girl is not interested in him and he realizes he’s just a “Fool in the Rain”, loving a woman that doesn’t love him back.”
There is no official music video for the track, however there is an official audio video for “Fool in the Rain” on Led Zeppelin’s official YouTube channel. The 2012 remastered version of the song was uploaded to the channel on the 19th September 2018, and as of October 2019 it has over 48 thousand views.
Release Date: 7th December 1979
Songwriter/s: John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant
Producer: Jimmy Page
Label: Swan Song
Chart Rankings: In its year of release, “Fool in the Rain” ranked at#21 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, #31 on the U.S. Cash Box Top 100 Singles, #34 on the U.S. Record World The Singles chart, #12 on the Canadian RPM Top 100 chart, and #44 on the New Zealand Top 50 Singles Chart.