As with other Led Zeppelin songs, no single was released in the United Kingdom
In 1969 Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” was released in the US
The opening track on the band’s second album, “Led Zeppelin II”, “Whole Lotta Love” was released in the United States on November 1969 as well as several countries in Europe, and Japan as a single; as with other Led Zeppelin songs, no single was released in the United Kingdom. The US release became their first hit single, having sold by April 1970 one million copies. Originally credited as being composed by Led Zeppelin, parts of the song were adapted from Willie Dixon’s “You Need Love”, recorded by Muddy Waters in 1962, a lawsuit in 1985 was settled with a payment to Dixon and credit on subsequent releases. Upon release of the LP, radio stations looked for a track that would fit their on-air formats from the quickly successful LP with the pulsing lead track “Whole Lotta Love” being the prime contender. Atlantic Records was quick to respond and in addition to the release of the regular single in the US (coupled with “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)” from the same LP as the B-side) released a 3:10 version of the track with the freeform section cut and an earlier fade-out on 7 November 1969. The single entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 22 November 1969. It remained on the chart for 15 weeks, peaking at no. 4 and despite ruling the music scene during the 1970’s, the song became the band’s only top 10 single in the US.
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