UPDATED August 14, 2021.
Good news, the Beatles/Led Zeppelin mash up has started to reappear. Check it out below.
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This post originally featured the now-famous mash up of the Beatles’ Helter-Skelter with Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love. Unfortunately, the video proved so popular, the Universal Music Group (UMG) has blocked it all around the world. You won’t find it anywhere now. Some of these big corporations simply don’t understand the benefits of word-of-mouth publicity, do they? So all we’re left with now is a bit of info about each song.
|Happy days. The Beatles recording Helter-Skelter in 1968|
A helter skelter, for those unfamiliar with them, is an old-fashioned British fairground attraction where a tall spiral slide winds around a tower.
“Whole Lotta Love” was written and recorded by Led Zeppelin for Led Zeppelin 11 (Two) in November, 1969.
|Led Zeppelin recording Whole Lotta Love in 1969|
Willie Dixon was later added to the list of composers after it transpired
Robert Plant had taken lyrics Dixon had written for “You Need Love” for Muddy Waters and used them on the Whole Lotta Love” recording.
Plant has been quoted as saying:
“That was it, a nick, now happily paid for. At the time, there was a lot of conversation about what to do. It was decided that it was so far away in time and influence that … well, you only get caught when you’re successful. That’s the game.”