Ledbetter to Lead Belly to Led Zeppelin

March 18, 2009


Led Zepplin ‘stole* many licks, songs and ideas from old bluesmen from the American south (like Lead Belly).  Well, at least “Gallows Pole” likely came from a 1939 recording called “Gallis Pole” by Huddie Ledbetter (better known as Lead Belly). Jimmy Page has said he first heard the song via a cover by folk artist Fred Gerlach. But Huddie’s version was inspired by a folksong that was several centuries old called “The Maid Freed From the Gallows“. As they say the blues had a baby and they called it rock n roll.

*Stole=when you give yourself credit for writing a song that clearly was not yours. Simple.

Lead Belly – Three Songs by Lead Belly

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Gallis Pole – Lead sometimes Led Belly (yes – Gallis Pole – 1939 – extra sweet on 78 RPMs)

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Gallows Pole – Led Zeppelin from Led Zeppelin III – 1970

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One Response to “Ledbetter to Lead Belly to Led Zeppelin”

  1. concerned Citizen Says:

    You mean Led Zep stole it from somebody who stole it…?? Its not stealing dude, its redoing with a different take….

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