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“Whole Lotta Love” is a song by Led Zeppelin and is the opening track on the band’s second album, Led Zeppelin II. It was released in the United States, several countries in Europe and Japan as a single; as with other Led Zeppelin songs, no single was released in the United Kingdom under orders from manager Peter Grant. The US release became their first hit single, being certified Gold on 13th April 1970, having sold one million copies. It reached number one in Australia and Germany and number four in the Netherlands and the United States. Parts of the song were adapted from Willie Dixon’s “You Need Love”, recorded by Muddy Waters in 1962; originally uncredited to Dixon, a lawsuit in 1985 was settled with a payment to Dixon and credit on subsequent releases. In 2014, listeners to BBC Radio 2 voted “Whole Lotta Love” as containing the greatest guitar riff of all time.
Jimmy Page came up with the guitar riff for the song in the summer of 1968 on his houseboat on the River Thames at Pangbourne. John Paul Jones has stated that Page’s famous riff probably emerged from a stage improvisation during the band’s playing of “Dazed and Confused”. Page denied that the song originated onstage and maintained that he had the riff in his head and the rest of the song just followed from there.
The song has been widely covered by many artists. It was famous in the United Kingdom for having been the theme music for the long-running television programme Top of the Pops for much of its history. The first version used was based on a recording by the Collective Consciousness Society (or CCS), a band led by blues guitarist Alexis Korner. The CCS version reached #13 on the British charts in autumn 1970. The song returned as the theme in 1998, this time using a reworked version of the original Led Zeppelin guitar riff.
A rewritten version of the song featured in the “London 2012” presentation during the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing on 24th August 2008 with Jimmy Page on guitar and Leona Lewis providing the vocals. Both Lewis and the organisers requested that some of the lyrics be changed, notably “I’m gonna give you every inch of my love” as Lewis felt that the line made little sense coming from a female singer!
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