Super Rewind: “Dazed And Confused” By Led Zeppelin, 1969
Jake Holmes wrote the song “Dazed and Confused” in 1967. Holmes recorded a version for his debut album The Above Ground Sound of Jake Holmes. “Dazed and Confused” appeared on Led Zeppelin’s debut album in 1968 after they heard Holmes perform the song at various concerts in the late 60s and early 70s.
“Dazed and Confused” became a staple at Led Zeppelin’s concerts with solos that lasted 45 minutes straight. Jimmy Page recorded the song in just one take. Singer Robert Plant added some new lyrics, according to Page, though he’s not credited on the album. Other than the lyrics and vocals, the song sounds similar to that performed by Holmes.
Then in June 2010, Holmes filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, alleging copyright infringement and named Page as a co-defendant. The suit was dismissed on Jan. 17, 2012 after Page and Holmes reached an undisclosed settlement outside of court. Remastered and deluxe editions of the band’s albums since expanded the songwriter’s credit for “Dazed and Confused” to “By Page — Inspired by Jake Holmes.”