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Roots of Zeppelin

Bring It On Home - Sonny Boy Williamson
This track was written by Willie Dixon and was recorded on November 01, 1963 as a single. Led Zeppelin only borrow from this song for the intro and ending of their version. They were sued by Arc Music in 1972 and the lawsuit was settled out of court.
Gallis Pole - Leadbelly
Recorded in 1935, Gallis Pole is both a documentary of the southern prison experience, and a deadly guitar piece. Led Zeppelin was inspired to do this song, after Jimmy Page heard a recording of Fred Gerlach play it on the 12-string guitar in the same way that Leadbelly played it. Robert Plant changed the lyrics, some and the poetry and some intent, but still made mention of the friends who did not bring any silver or gold to save him from the hangman.
Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard
The intro is similar to the musical arrangement of Boogie With Stu from Physical Graffiti. It was released in 1958 as a single. Little Richard claimed that he took the music from Ike Turner's piano intro to Jackie Brenston's 1951 song, Rocket 88, and used it for Good Golly Miss Molly.
I Can't Quit You Baby - Willie Dixon
This track was originally written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Otis Rush as a single in 1956.
Keep A-Knocking - Little Richard
The drum introduction played by Charles Connor on the Little Richard recording inspired the drum introduction John Bonham played for the song Rock and Roll. This was recorded in 1957 and released as a single.
Killin' Floor - Howlin' Wolf
The Lemon Song is a myriad of old blues songs, including Travelling Riverside Blues by Robert Johnson, Crosscut Saw by Albert King and this song, written by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf and released as a single in late 1964. Some early pressings of Led Zeppelin II listed The Lemon Song as Killing Floor. Arc Music, publisher for all of Howlin' Wolf's music, sued Led Zeppelin in December 1972 and settled out of court.
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It - Hank Williams Sr.
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant recorded a version of this song for the tribute to Sun Records in 2001. Recorded on August 30, 1949 by Hank Williams Sr., although the words and music were originally written by jazz musician Clarence Williams in the 1930s.
Never - Moby Grape
Lyrics from this song were used by Robert Plant in their third album for Since I've Been Loving You. Robert was a fan of the California sound of the late 1960s. Never was released on April 3, 1968 as part of the bonus album Grape Jam.
Oh Well - Fleetwood Mac
Black Dog has very similar vocal arrangements to this song. Jimmy Page said in an interview that he had heard Oh Well. Originally released on Fleetwood Mac's 1969 release Then Play On.
Ooh! My Head - Richie Valens
Jimmy Page once told fellow British musician/author Ian Whitcomb during an interview: "Valens was my first guitar hero and I played that bridge to 'La Bamba' a thousand times." Led Zeppelin later cribbed Ritchie's Ooh! My Head for their own Boogie With Stu. The band retitled the song, listing themselves as composers. On July 28, 1978, Led Zeppelin and their record company, Swan Song Records, settled amicably out of court for a reported $130,000 plus future royalties with the stipulation that the settlement's incriminating terms be kept confidential. Ooh! My Head was even a variation on Ooh! My Soul by Little Richard, which was recorded two years before Valens' song. This song was released in February 1959 on Ritchie Valens' self-titled first album.
Shake 'Em On Down - Bukka White
Recorded in 1937 in Chicago, Robert Plant used the lyrics as a basis for the song Custard Pie and Hats Of To (Roy) Harper, with lyrics from Sleepy John Estes' Drop Down Mama.
Taurus - Spirit
Led Zeppelin toured with Spirit on their first US Tour. Jimmy Page nicked the riff from this song for the arpeggio acoustic guitar intro on Stairway To Heaven.
Travelling Riverside Blues - Robert Johnson
The lyrics for Led Zeppelin's version of Travelling Riverside Blues was drawn from many blues sources, including Sleepy John Estes' Milk Cow Blues, as well as Robert Johnson's Come On In My Kitchen and Kind Hearted Woman Blues.
You Need Love - Willie Dixon
This track was released by Chess Records in 1962 with Muddy Waters singing and Casey Jones on drums. Dixon sued in 1985 for royalties and they settled out of court, with proper credit being put on future releases.
You Shook Me - The Jeff Beck Group
Part of Jeff Beck's first solo album Truth released in August 1968 (and featuring vocals by Rod Stewart), this track also includes John Paul Jones on Hammond organ. Although Led Zeppelin's version was released five months later, their version got more recognition that Jeff Beck's.
You Shook Me - Willie Dixon
This track was written by Willie Dixon and J.B. Lenoir and was released by Chess Records in 1962 with Muddy Waters singing, J.T Brown Ernest Cotton on tenor saxophone, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker on organ, Earl Hooker on guitar, Willie Dixon on bass, and Casey Jones on drums.
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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