The Blues Had A Baby: “Whole Lotta Love / You Need Love”

Muddy Waters famously said, “The blues had a baby, and they called it rock’n’roll.” In this ongoing series we’re looking at songs that were recorded by blues artists that went on to become rock’n’roll tunes. Sometimes the original artists were credited by the rockers, sometimes the songs were just taken. First up: Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” adapted from the Willie Dixon / Muddy Waters tune, “You Need Love.” Give it a listen:

ROCK’N’ROLL COVER: WHOLE LOTTA LOVE, LED ZEPPELIN – 1969

BLUES ORIGINAL: YOU NEED LOVE, MUDDY WATERS – 1962

Kurt H

Kurt H

Kurt H. is an avid listener to Classic Rock (60’s – 70’s). His listening has led to Classic Rocks’ “Parents”, the Blues. Hearing many Classic Rock songs played by the the original Blues writers/performers has widened his musical appreciation and inspired him to begin correlating the Blues to Rock lineage. Here are some his findings. Please help make this list more comprehensive so that other “Classic Rockers” can hear these songs as performed by the original Blues artists.

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