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A ‘Dazed And Confused’ Lawsuit

03:01 PM Wednesday 6/30/10 |   |

An American singer/songwriter is suing Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page for alleged copyright infringement, claiming to have written and recorded “Dazed And Confused” two years before it appeared on Zep’s debut album.

In court documents filed on Monday, Jake Holmes cited a 1967 copyright registration for his own “Dazed And Confused,” according to London’s Guardian newspaper which says Holmes renewed the copyright in 1995.

How close does the Zeppelin classic resemble Holmes’ tune? Although it sounds somewhat different and the lyrics are not the same, there seem to be enough similarities between the two works to make even the casual listener wonder if Jimmy Page might have heard Holmes’ song at one time.

Plus, there are plenty of indications that Page might have been familiar with Holmes work. In a 2001 interview posted by online magazine Perfect Sound Forever, Holmes talked about opening for The Yardbirds in 1967 when Page was a member of the famed British band, referring to the gig as “the infamous moment of my life when ‘Dazed And Confused’ fell into the loving arms and hands of Jimmy Page.”

Apparently The Yardbirds heard Holmes’ song and decided to cover it. However, The Yardbirds broke up one year later, which resulted in Page forming a new band that would eventually be called Led Zeppelin. As every Zep fan knows, “Dazed And Confused” appeared on the band’s first album.

But, aside from the title, is Holmes’ “Dazed” the same as Zep’s? You be the judge.

Now Holmes is suing Page, along with Super Hype Publishing, Atlantic Recording Corporation and Rhino Entertainment Company for copyright infringement.  However, due to the statute of limitations, he can only sue for monies made on the song during the past three years. Otherwise, he’d probably sue for an amount that would definitely leave more than a few people dazed.

Click here to read the Guardian article, here to read the Perfect Sound Forever piece and here to read Monday’s court filing.

Comments

  1. Larrabee wrote:

    04:22 PM, Jul 01, 2010

    come on guys, he totally stole it..... they first started performing the Jake Holmes version while they were still the Yardbirds, as evidenced by this video.....

    www.youtube.com/watch

    so for Jimmy to act like he somehow come up with it on his own is ridiculous..... at the very least, when Robert wrote some new lyrics for the song, they still should have given Holmes a songwriting credit........

  2. lblimp wrote:

    09:21 AM, Jul 01, 2010

    Good artists borrow, great artists steal. Although I would call this a case of borrowing more than stealing.

  3. angie wrote:

    09:10 AM, Jul 01, 2010

    Wow they do sound really similar. It's a shame this Holmes dude waited so long to sue, he probably would've gotten some big money!

  4. Studebaker Hawk wrote:

    08:20 PM, Jun 30, 2010

     It said in a Led Zep book I read that  this song was taken by Page after hearing a guy do it in a club in I believe NYC. Yea,the descending bass,the vocals and one chord build up later on bare striking resemblance.Its odd he took so long to sue but some small guys feel overwhelmed taking on a big guy,don't wanna look greedy or whatever.But yea,Zeppelin are famous for stealing blues stuff and whatnot though many musicians are also guilty.What made them great was they brought some fresh ideas to alot of it that were truly important contributions.

  5. CCIBIF wrote:

    08:09 PM, Jun 30, 2010

    Wow!.....I can hear the similarities.  I truly hope Jimmy didn't pirate it....when that album came out , it blew eveyone away.....and after 40 years I still listen to that album....my favarate cuts has always been "How many more times" and "I can't quit you babe". Well, I hope it works out for both parties.

  6. flampe wrote:

    07:44 PM, Jun 30, 2010

    Sounds like Robert Plant was listening, too.

  7. Thunder Road Warrior wrote:

    07:14 PM, Jun 30, 2010

    This is a slam dunk.  Why did this guy wait so long to file for copyright infringement?  And what about the similarity between the Holmes album title "The ABOVE GROUND Sound..." and the band name Led "ZEPPELIN"?  Did his album title inspire the band name?  How about the names Jake and Jimmy both begin with the letter "J"?  What about that?  Huh!

  8. alexhart wrote:

    05:59 PM, Jun 30, 2010

    I have to admit that there is enough from Holmes song that Page could of built his Dazed and Confused on. It gets down to the 'can you prove it?'. Again, with Holmes group opening up for The Yardbirds and them covering the actual song, it could be just enough. Holmes would be owed this. This isn't uncommon though...

    Another UK band in the '60s that did this was The Who, when Pete Townshend while visiting LA pick up a reel that had a song on it. He thought he could just 'steal' the music and lyrics, and that no one would know. The Who put out a single called "Lubie (Come Back Home)". The song was a single of Paul Revere & The Raiders...entitled "Louie--Go Home". Embarrassingly, Pete Townshend fessed up, and The Who now give their "Lubie (Come Back Home) writing credits to Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay.

  9. RenoDavid wrote:

    04:24 PM, Jun 30, 2010

    Yeah, it's sad that Holmes can only get what was made in the last three years. The guy should be able to get all that he's owed. And yes, I think he's pretty broke.  Of course Led Zep made a habit of ripping off people in their early days. Luckily, the old blues guys were a bit faster getting their legal rights. Maybe Holmes was hoping Page would come through with a big check out of the goodness of his heart. Fast chance!

  10. rockcityking wrote:

    03:17 PM, Jun 30, 2010

    Are you kidding me? It's a little late now to be suing Jimmy Page over a song that came out over 40 years ago!! Has this guy hit rock bottom? Is he totally broke and needs a payday?



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