Song

Black Dog – Led Zeppelin

Australian charts: 1972

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Australian Charts:
Black Dog peaked at no 9 on the Go-Set National Top 40 in April 1972.
www.poparchives.com.au/gosetcharts/1972/19720401.html

Wikipedia:
John Paul Jones, who is credited with writing the main riff, was inspired by Muddy Waters’ controversial 1968 album Electric Mud. He added a winding riff and complex rhythm changes, that biographer Keith Shadwick describes as a “clever pattern that turns back on itself more than once, crossing between time signatures as it does.” The group had a difficult time with the turnaround, but John Bonham’s solution was to play it straight through as if there was no turnaround. In live performances, Bonham eliminated the 5-4 variation so that Plant could perform his a cappella vocal interludes and then have the instruments return at the proper time.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Dog_(song)

Songfacts:
The title does not appear in the lyrics, and has nothing to do with the song itself. The band worked up the song at Headley Grange, a mansion in Hampshire, England that is out in the country, surrounded by woods. A nameless black Labrador retriever would wander the grounds, and the band would feed it. When they needed a name for this track, which didn’t have an obvious title, they thought of the canine and went with “Black Dog.”
www.songfacts.com/facts/led-zeppelin/black-dog

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