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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