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Suit Over Early Song Targets Zeppelin

The possibility Jake Holmes would take legal action against Led Zeppelin over his contention that the band fialed to credit and compensate him for writing Dazed And Confused finally became a case this week.  Legal papers filed Monday (6/30) claim Holmes, who recorded the song in 1967, also registered for a copyright on it that same year.  The story Jimmy Page first heard the song when Holmes opened for the Yardbirds at a show that summer in New York City have benn around for years and were substantiated when  Jim McCarty, a Yardbirds band mate of Page, said the group  bought a copy of the Holmes album the following day to work-up a version of it with the future Led Zeppelin guitarist '...contributing the guitar riffs in the middle.Led Zeppelin recorded Dazed And Confused for it's ground breaking debut album, which listed Page as the author of the song.  Why Holmes took so long to seek restitution is unknown.  The lengthy delay potentially cost him millions.  If he wins the suit his retroactive earnings will be limited to the past 3 years.
Perfect Sound Forever Magazine


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