PHILADELPHIA — Ain’t it great when all the stars align? Denny Somach is feeling just such a magical, mystical moment as he aims to spread a “Whole Lotta Love” for one of the biggest rock bands of all times — Led Zeppelin — with a lavish new book.
Producer of the nationally syndicated “Get the Let Out” weekly and daily radio features, Somach has been on the bluesy Brit band’s case since the early 1970s. That’s when he started cranking out the likes of “Dazed and Confused” and “Good Times Bad Times” on Allentown, Pa., rock radio station WSAN-AM, then brought it to Philly for a long run on WYSP-FM, where Somach helped establish the station as an FM rock radio innovator and ratings-grabber with the “Superstars” and “Classic Rock” formats.
Somach recently got the urge to gather his Zeppelin treasures in a copiously detailed and colorfully illustrated coffee-table-style book, “Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became the Biggest Band in the World.” The tome, which officially came out Tuesday, was rushed onto some retail shelves to catch a new wave of Led Zeppelin mania.
“Little did I know that the band was also planning to put out audio and video versions of their 2007 reunion concert at virtually the same time,” Somach said. Those gems will hit stores Nov. 19.
“But I did have the good sense to speculate at the end of my book that the show (a “one-off” tribute to Atlantic Records’ fallen chief Ahmet Ertegun) would eventually appear,” Somach said, laughing. “Now they’re making me look like a genius.”