Willie Dixon v. Page & Plant: Wednesday March 13
Written by Paul Berger on March 9, 2019
On my show Dawn Eclectica I do an occasional feature called Copycats, where I describe copyright infringement battles between artists and composers. And If you’ve been following this series, you know that Led Zeppelin is the World Champion of rip off artists.
On Led Zepellin II, Zep had a monster hit called “Whole Lotta Love.” Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, along with their two sidemen, were listed as composers. Page and Plant had always maintained they were influenced by, but did not copy black American bluesmen. Well, Willie Dixon didn’t see it that way. He sued the Brits for ripping off a song he wrote called “You Need Love,” made famous by Muddy Waters.
I’ll tell you how it turned out and play the two songs side by side. Plus my usual collection of diverse and exciting music – including a cosmic clash between early 19th century classical music and mid 20th century rock and roll – on the next Dawn Eclectica, this Wednesday March 13 from 4 to 7 am. Listen live or stream on the archive.