Led Zeppelin History – Dec 7

Today in 1979 the U.S. branch of Swan Song Records released the Led Zeppelin single “Fool In The Rain” / ”Hot Dog”, from their 1979 album In Through the Out Door.

Fool in the Rain – The samba rhythm of this was influenced by the Latin music the lads heard on TV during coverage of the 1978 World Cup. Surprisingly, in view of the massive stylistic shift for Zeppelin, the song became a hit in the U.S., reaching #21 on the Billboard charts in 1980. 

Hot Dog – This barrelhouse-style rocker, which would sound right at home on a country music album, is probably the most cheerful number Zeppelin ever cut. Sounding completely out of place in a Zeppelin catalog, Plant called the number a tribute to Texas and hillbilly (another of his great musical passions being the rockabilly genre).

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