Australian singles chart:
Black Dog entered the Kent charts on 17 January 1972 and peaked at 10. The song was #59 on the Top 100 of 1972.
Led Zeppelin IV entered the Kent album charts in Australia on 20 December 1971 and peaked at #2.
BONUS CLIP BELOW – live recording at Madison Square Garden
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.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Dog_(song)
The title Black Dog 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.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/led-zeppelin/black-dog
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