Just to tease the overwhelming Led Zeppelin hater on my blog, here's another of my favourite songs by Led Zeppelin, I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it!!
"Boogie with Stu" is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin from their 1975 album Physical Graffiti. It was a jam recorded in 1971 at Headley Grange, where the band had done most of the recording for their fourth album.
They were using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio and were accompanied by Rolling Stones' road manager and piano player, Ian Stewart, who ended up jamming with the band on piano.
According to Led Zeppelin guitarist and producer, Jimmy Page, this song would not have emerged had it not been for the particularly informal 'live-in' environment at Headley Grange where it was recorded:
Some of the things that happened there, like Boogie With Stu where Stu turns up and plays a piano that's totally unplayable, were incredible. That was too good to miss because Stu wouldn't record, he wouldn't do solo stuff. All of these things wouldn't end up on albums as far as other people were concerned, but they did with us.
The working title for this song was "Sloppy Drunk", a title that vocalist Robert Plant came up with.
It has been reported that Plant played guitar on the track (with Jimmy Page playing mandolin). The slapping guitar came from an overdub session with an ARP guitar synth.
The final product was a song which was a tribute to Ritchie Valens' "Ooh, My Head."Instead of crediting Valens as writer or co-writer, the song was credited to "Page/Plant/Jones/Bonham/Mrs. Valens/Ian Stewart". As Page explained:
What we tried to do was give Ritchie's mother credit, because we heard she never received any royalties from any of her son's hits, and Robert did lean on that lyric a bit.
So what happens? They tried to sue us for all of the song!
Led Zeppelin eventually came to a settlement agreement with Valens' publishers, although it has not been publicly revealed if his mother received any of that money.
This song was never performed live at Led Zeppelin concerts.