The Strange Tale of “Dazed and Confused”

The wheels of justice turn slowly…

Jimmy Page performed “Dazed and Confused” with The Yardbirds back in 1968, then immortalized the song with his next band, Led Zeppelin, while also giving himself full writing credit. For almost 42 years, this hasn’t sat particularly well with Jake Holmes, an American folk singer, who first wrote and recorded “Dazed and Confused” in 1967. Now he has filed suit (see PDF of complaint here) and wants Page to make amends. Some money and half a writing credit. You can watch the vintage Led Zeppelin version above and listen to Holmes’ original version below. The Led Zep version was certainly changed in ways, but the similarities are assuredly there…

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  • mb says:

    Page should make amends with Holmes. Two great version of a great song. Credit is due to Holmes.

  • Everyone “borrows” things

  • Nicholas malkentzos says:

    But why not give dredit where credit is due? How much money and ego is enough?

  • Wes Alwan says:

    Another version — Jimmy Page with The Yardbirds

  • Drew says:

    A lot of people dont realize how many led zeppelin songs actually have lyrics and musical parts that were recorded previously by someone different.

  • doktor says:

    @Drew – exactly; for much of their existence LZ was a very good blues cover band – nothing wrong with that… they’ve cited influences before; time to do that now.

  • Paul says:

    one’s like gold, the other tin. Yeah, they’re both metal, but how can you be serious? The zep song all the way

  • Alexov says:

    Paul, Zep might have done the “better” version but for Page to claim he wrote (ie created) the piece is an outright lie intended to defraud Holmes of royalties he would otherwise have paid out. As far as I can tell, the case was settled out of court, which is an admission that Holmes did write the song. If Page was confident of his claim, he had ample money to pay lawyers to clear his name. Maybe Page was afraid that any judge or jury would decide on Holmes’ side after hearing just a few bars of his version. This whole issue makes me wonder how much else of Page’s output was stolen from others.

  • Dave says:

    The song WAS stolen. Period-end of Conversation-jimmy Page stole Jake’s song and put his name on it as the writer-just like he took me.Dixon’s I need love and turned it into Whole Lotta Love. Blatant

  • Emmett Grogan says:

    Zep stole lot’s of stuff- they even thought they could get away with stealing WIllie Dixon stuff even though he was a active in the biz, recording arranging producing- like he wouldn’t notice or something.Of course zep got sued and eventually had to pay up. Being influenced ,copping riffs is one thing,but LZ and Jagger both outright stole songs ,inc lyrics. The stairway riff page copied from Randy California of Spirit, who lz opened several shows in england for

  • tvrmx says:

    I think at least half of their songs are copped off old blues songs etc. They’re the worst thieves. Love the band but why can’t they fess up already.

  • Rock101 says:

    Sorry to be the music snob but i cant sit and listen to these simplistic views of something people seem to have little information on.n Led Zep in turn have had so much stolen. even in rap which relentlessly samples their material. Led have never sued anyone for it. Its evolution! consider how music evolved before MONEY became the focus not the music. Folk and blues is passed on from travelling musicians back in the day. most people dont even know who wrote most this stuff as african americans were not looked at by the music industry, many of them would end up selling their songs for pennies, at which point they would get someone white to sing them. no credit would be given to such artist either.n I would like to also pose the question as to whom the royalty payments are going to from streaming these songs on this site? Any way i cant go into all the detail and history that this involves. and the morals behind it. did Zep use other peoples material?…. Yes! Did ‘Other’ people us other peoples material…. Yes.

  • Gary says:

    What has that got to do with anything? It’s still somebody elses song!

    “Shes so fine” is a childish and unimportant song in the history of music while “My sweet Lord” is a groundbreaking and immortal triumph yet Harrison lost the lawsuit because it was too close in the basic tune.

    ANd that is the way it SHOULD be.

  • gb says:

    Doktor: And they also had to be sued to give credit in the past.

  • gb says:

    Rock101: And any time someone uses another’s material full credit should be given. Two wrongs do not make a right. Why do you think that just because LZ did not sue anybody they don’t have to credit creators? This displays simplistic views on something you clearly have little information on.

    The never sued anybody because they were ALWAYS credited and PAID!

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