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Whole Lotta Love
The original title of this song was a blues number called “You Need Love” by Grammy-Award winner Willie Dixon (1915-1992), who was a founder of the Chicago Blues sound. Dixon is also a member of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame (1994). When Led Zeppelin released their song “Whole Lotta Love” on Led Zeppelin II (1969), they credited the music to themselves. However, in 1985, Willie Dixon’s son, sued Led Zeppelin for plagiarizing the song from a 1962 recording that was written by his father and sung by Muddy Waters on Chess Records.
The opening verse of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”: You need coolin’, baby, I’m not foolin’ I’m gonna send ya back to schoolin’ Way down inside, honey, you need it I’m gonna give you my love (2x)
Compared to the opening verse of Willie Dixon’s “You Need Love”: I ain’t foolin’ you need schoolin’ Baby you know you need coolin’ Baby, way down inside, woman you need love
When the lawsuit was filed, Led Zeppelin’s attorney stated that it was strange that someone would wait that long to file a suit. The case was settled out of court, but Dixon’s name was added to the credits – adding credibility to the claim. As a side note, at the end of the song, Plant quotes a Howlin’ Wolf song, “Back Door Man” with the lyrics, “Shake for me girl/Wanna be your back door man.” – which was also written for Howlin’ Wolf by Willie Dixon! Led Zeppelin A Cover Band? 5 Songs Stolen By Led Zep | myFiveBest
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