Today in 1970 Led Zeppelin scored their first UK #1 album with Led Zeppelin II. Released in Nov 1969 and featuring the US #4 single “Whole Lotta Love”, it went on to stay on the UK chart for 136 weeks. It also reached #1 in the US, with the RIAA now having certified it as selling over 12 million copies in the US alone.
Led Zeppelin II is a dynamic hybrid of rock styles that, among other things, marks the emergence of Robert Plant as a serious songwriter (“What Is and What Should Never Be”, “Thank You”). It also afforded him his first songwriting credits; he’d been absent from the debut album credits due to previous contractual commitments with CBS Records. “Moby Dick” is John Bonham’s spotlight song and “The Lemon Song” (or “Killing Floor”, as it was known in live performances) showed their blues roots, while hard-rockers “Whole Lotta Love” and “Living Loving Maid” made their way to radio. Many critics cite this album as the birth of the “heavy metal” genre…
Whole Lotta Love
What is and What Should Never Be
Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)
Bring it on Home