#233: Howlin' Wolf by Howlin' Wolf


Howlin' Wolf by Howlin' Wolf (1962)

Favorite Tracks
: "You'll Be Mine" and "Wang Dang Doodle" and "Little Baby"

Thoughts: Great blues, a joy to listen to.  And I learned that two of the songs off this album have lyrics used in Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love"!

Is This Better than The River?: Not to me, but it's very important to the history of popular music.


Anonymous said...

Led Zeppelin had quite a history with uncredited musical appropriation.

On Led Zeppelin's album Led Zeppelin II, parts of the song "Bring It On Home" were copied from Sonny Boy Williamson's 1963 recording of "Bring It On Home", written by Willie Dixon. On the same album, "The Lemon Song" included an adaptation of Howlin' Wolf's 1964 single "Killing Floor" and "Whole Lotta Love" contained lyrics that were derivative of Dixon's 1962 song "You Need Love."

In December 1972, Arc Music, owner of the publishing rights to Howlin' Wolf's songs, sued Led Zeppelin for copyright infringement on "The Lemon Song". The parties settled out of court. Though the amount was not disclosed, Chester Burnett [Howlin’ Wolf] received a check for $45,123 from Arc Music immediately following the suit, and subsequent releases included a co-songwriter credit for him.

In 1985, Dixon filed a copyright infringement suit, resulting in an out-of-court settlement. Later pressings of Led Zeppelin II credit Dixon as co-writer of "Bring It On Home" and "Whole Lotta Love". Led Zeppelin also paid a settlement to the publisher of Ritchie Valens' song "Ooh! My Head" over "Boogie with Stu" (from their album Physical Graffiti) which borrowed heavily from Valens' song.

Finally, the song "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" off Led Zeppelin I was credited as "Trad. arr. Page" but it was actually written by folk singer Anne Bredon. Since 1990, the Led Zeppelin version has been co-credited with Bredon, who received a substantial back-payment in royalties.

Maryann said...

Uh-oh! Well at lease they got resolved?