Stairway To Seven EXTRA: “Groovin'”

By Kenny Young

As we know from their diverse catalog, Zeppelin were big R&B fans and drew inspiration from a lot of Soul coming out of the States. Tonight we lead off with their cover/reworking of a song first recorded in 1961 by Ben E. King (yes, of “Stand By Me” fame). It had the original title of “Groovin” and was funky as hell. This didn’t get lost in the Led Zeppelin version.

In fact they put their own stank on it with Jimmy’s overdubbed guitars and John Paul Jones’ rattling Bass line. The version we hear on Coda (released in 1982) was actually recorded 12 years earlier during a sound check before a legendary Royal Albert Hall show.

It served as the opening song at that concert. Most of this set can be seen on the Led Zeppelin DVD.

Listen below to the original Ben E. King version live at the Apollo Theatre.

Kenny Young can be heard weeknights from 7pm until midnight on Boston’s Classic Rock, 100.7 WZLX. Follow him on Twitter (@KennyYoungZLX) and like him on Facebook. Stream WZLX anywhere you go with the free Radio.com app for iOS and Android devices.

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