29 Aug 2014
Jimmy Page’s guitar riff in ‘Whole Lotta Love’ has been voted the best of all time by BBC Radio 2. Led Zeppelin’s track beat Derek and the Dominos’ ‘Leyla’, The Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’ and Pink Floyd’s ‘Money’ to the top of the chart.
‘I’m knocked out by this because I didn’t expect that to happen – there's been so many wonderful riffs along the way. I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces, but when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive. There was this intent to have this riff and the movement of it, so it was menacing as well as quite sort of caressing.’ – Jimmy Page
Pictured left: Recording ‘Whole Lotta Love’ at Olympic Studios, 1969. This photograph is taken from Jimmy Page’s autobiography, which is available to order here.
Photograph © Dominique Tarle
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