Black is Black: #8 "Black Dog" Led Zeppelin (1971)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
April 3, 2017 9:02am CST
You all know this one. A Led Zep classic. “Steady loaded woman gonna come my way Need a woman, gonna hold my hand Will tell me no lies, make me a happy man” “Black Dog” is probably overplayed on classic rock radio though nowhere near like “Stairway to Heaven” every hour. There is a story behind the song. A randy old black labrador retriever hung around the Headley Grange recording studios and the dog inspired a song of desire with writing credit given to Plant-Page-Jones. The song is explicit with the repeated “Push it baby” and “Ooh ohh aah ooo.” “Black Dog” is distinct for Robert Plant’s a cappella verses and strong guitar riffs. From “Led Zeppelin IV,” “Black Dog” charted at Billboard #15 and was a concert staple.
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you have good taste in music sir. Been a Zep fan since I was a little girl. Met Robert Plant once and last month I was in London, so I went to Jimmy Page's house to check it out. I couldn't believe I was standing outside Pagey's house