Back when music didn’t require autotune:

“In late 1968, Led Zeppelin began pioneering a heavier, more metallic-sounding form of rock geared for FM radio’s new album-oriented stereo format. By combining a slashing electric guitar and wailing vocals with a rhythmic bass and locomotive drums, the band quickly became the darlings of better stereo systems and large indoor arenas—and inspired several generations of metal-driven rockers.

When “Whole Lotta Love” was released in October 1969, it appeared first on “Led Zeppelin II,” the band’s second album, and then as a single weeks later—with a shorter edit for AM radio. While the single reached No. 4 on Billboard’s pop chart, the album shot to No. 1 in November, and a three-month battle with the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” for the top spot ensued.”

-The Making of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’

Go read the whole thing while listening to the song . . .



You kids get off my lawn . . .

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

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3 Responses to “Whole Lotta Love”

  1. Whammer says:

    There has been a flurry of stuff coming out lately about Zep and plagiarism. At first I was blowing it off, but there seems to be fire behind that smoke:

    I’m pretty disappointed when I see this stuff, as I’ve been a Zep fan for a long time…

    • rd says:

      That has been a long-time under-story to the Led Zeppelin history. Usually, it seems to be Jimmy Page who has “Borrowed” heavily without attribution. Some of the other bands at the time, like the Rolling Stones, were usually more than happy to attribute heavy borrowing to the original artists, as they were usually the black blues musicians that they adored. As much as anything else, they viewed it as a way of supporting that prior generation of struggling artists. In many cases, they would have them as opening acts so that they could get recognition and concert money.

      I have often wondered if Jimmy Page did it because he was such a heavily used studio musician prior to Led Zeppelin that he felt so many of his contributions to songs were unrecognized. Just about every good English 45 produced in the 1960s seemed to have Jimmy Page (guitar) and Nicky Hopkins (piano) on it if you could get a list of the back-up musicians, much like the Wrecking Crew in LA at the same time.

  2. DeltaV says:

    This (like saturated fats not being bad for you) is not really news, the real news is that the mainstream news media has picked it up. Kudos to Bloomberg (in this case Bloomberg Businessweek) for bringing some of this stuff to light.

    I have been enjoying Led Zeppelin since the 1970s, and even then it was known that one of Jimmy Page’s (many) talents was knowing where to steal, though (a) nobody (to my knowledge) called them out on specific songs, and (b) they invariably added so much that the amount … appropriated … was relatively minor in comparison.

    To me it is a “good news” story that some of the credit and wealth is being shared … appropriately. Obviously Page and Plant will be highly motivated to keep these out of court, which is more good news for any others with claims. We will see.