Willie Dixon wrote it, called it "Woman, You Need Love" or something like that. It was fantastic, I used to love it! Muddy Waters recorded it, but I couldn't sing like Muddy Waters, so it wasn't that much of a nick. Whereas Robert Plant could sing like me. That's basically where it's at. I had to make up a lot of my own phrasing -- I couldn't sing like Muddy Waters, Long John Baldry had that down. I was a high range and Muddy was a low range, so I had to figure out how to sing it. So I did, and that was our opening number for all the years we were together, unless we had a short set. That's where Jimmy Page heard it. He asked about it, and Robert Plant used to follow us around at the time -- he was like a fan, a very nice chap. That was one of his favorites. [...] When I heard "Whole Lotta Love" I couldn't believe it. I was astounded, quite astounded. The phrasing was exact. I thought "Go on, my son, get on with it!" I couldn't believe it, but I was glad someone took it and did something with it. It was always a good song, but the phrasing was direct. As I said, he could sing like me -- he could sing a lot higher than me but he got a bit screechy -- but he took that note for note, word for word.
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