Old black dog

By: sonofabeach96

Dec 02 2015

Category: Uncategorized


There’s a few interesting tidbits from this date in music history.

On this date, in 1971, Taj Mahal played an acoustic concert for death-row inmates at Wilmington State Penitentiary.  He was inspired to play for prisoners (this wasn’t the first time, nor the last time, he’d done so) due to his self-proclaimed disillusionment of big city living and the antiquated prison system that kept many people he knew locked up.  He’s such an awesome, laid-back, mellow-vibes dude with an interesting backstory and he is absolutely terrific to see live.  If you aren’t familiar with him, you should check him out!  And if you have the chance to see him, especially in a small, intimate venue, I highly recommend it.

On this date, in 1971 as well, Led Zeppelin released “Black Dog” in the US.  For those youngsters out there, it was on vinyl, of course, and the B-side was “Misty Mountain Hop”.  “Black Dog” peaked at no. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  It’s been called “maybe the most immediately recognizable Zeppelin song ever”.  Rolling Stone ranked it no. 294 on its 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time list and The Guitar magazine called it Riff of the Millennium.  Robert Plants’ vocals were recorded in just two takes.  The song title comes from an unnamed and aged, but still sexually active, black Lab that hung around the studios while it was being recorded.  Robert Plant explained it to concert attendees in 1972 this way: “Let me tell you ’bout this poor old dog because he was a retriever in his early days, and the only thing he could ever find in his late days was his old lady who lived two houses away from where we were recording.  And he used to go see the old lady quite regularly, but after he’d “boogied” and everything else he couldn’t get back.  And we used to carry him back.”  Good for the old boy!  And black Labs are the BEST dogs ever, if you ask me that is.  😃

And, on this date, in 1983, the music video “Thriller” was shown on MTV for the first time.  The video was directed by John Landis, who had directed the film An American Werewolf in London.  The video was 13 minutes long and had a budget of $500,000.  It was MTV’s first world premiere video.  The female lead was played by Ola Ray, a former Playboy centerfold.  The song was ranked no. 1 on Billboards Top-10 Halloween Songs list and the video won Grammy’s in both 1984 and 1985.  Interestingly, the video was the first and only music video selected for The National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2009, and the Registry named it the “most famous music video of all-time”.

So, in honor of all of that, my songs of the day are:

“Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin

“Werewolves Of London” by Warren Zevon

“Done Changed My Way of Living” by Taj Mahal

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson

“Misty Mountain Hop” by Led Zeppelin


15 comments on “Old black dog”

  1. I love black lab dogs! OH! Makes me want a dog! But with my apt living it just won’t work. Darn it!

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  2. I met Robert Plant once when I was eighteen. He flirted with me and I was completely awestruck and speechless. I would have run away with him in a heartbeat.

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  3. I’ve always had labs…had a black chocolate and yellow while my children were growing up. My son has a black lab now…I decided to break traction and have a white German Shepard….she’s a great dog!

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    • I’ve heard that about Shepherds, very smart. Yeah, I’ve always had Labs too. Lost our most recent one two summers ago, then was left with just our Brittany Spaniel. Then she died last summer. I was all set to get a Lab puppy after that but my wife came home with a rescue dog from someone who couldn’t take her when she moved. She’s a Beagle mix, Heinz 57 kinda dog, but getting up there in years. We’ll have another Lab soon.

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  4. Thriller… I was 3 when it premiered. Scared the bejesus out of me. I’m still creeped out by it! Lol!

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  5. Still think Thriller is one of the best videos. I can still hear the big scary laugh in the end of the video. That was a fun ending.

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  6. love your interesting posts….

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