Saturday, January 29, 2011

"Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin.

OK, more 70's: John Paul Jones set out to write "a song that people couldn't 'groove' or dance to". Inspired by Muddy Waters' "Electric Mud" and by the call-and-response between the singer and the band in Fleetwood Mac's "Oh, Well" ('69) this heavy-metal classic peaked at #15 in '71 and is #294 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All time. The title comes from a Labrador Retriever roaming around the recording studio and has nothing to do with the rest of the song. Jimmy Page's guitar work consists of 4 overdubbed Gibson Les Paul tracks. The high A towards the end is Robert Plant's highest note ever recorded (ouch!). Song? Group?

Yesterday's answer: "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows". My Dad used to love Perry Como. I grew up listening to him on the ol' Bogen Hi-Fi. Smooth, masculine voice.

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