He knew it was good

He knew it was good

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page celebrates his 75th birthday today (January 9th). In the song “Whole Lotta Love” from Led Zeppelin II in 1969; the weird part in the middle with sounds going from one speaker to the other? How did Jimmy do it? The song made it to # 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was reworked (stolen) from a blues number called “You Need Love,” which Willie Dixon wrote. Muddy Waters recorded it first, then The Small Faces turned it into a rock number. Then Zeppelin got hold of it. Jimmy Page thought the instrumental section in the middle was groundbreaking:

“Oh, that’s a combination of things. It’s a theremin, it’s a thing that I had, and then messing around with the tape recorder so you get flanging effects and this, that and the other. I just knew it was good. Same thing with ‘Stairway…,’ I knew what we were doing was good.”

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