You Shook Me (10:20)

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The song was recorded by various rock musicians, including Jeff Beck on his album Truth (1968), and most famously by English rock band Led Zeppelin on their debut album Led Zeppelin (1969).

Since the Led Zeppelin version was released in 1969, months after Beck’s, he accused them of stealing his idea. This, along with the overall similarity between the sound of Led Zeppelin and that of Truth, led to a long rift between Beck and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. [1] Beck and Page had been friends for years at that point.[2] Interestingly, Led Zeppelin bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones had played the organ on Beck’s version of the song as well, while still a session musician.

In an interview he gave in 1977, Page commented:
“ done our first LP … with “You Shook Me”, and then I heard done “You Shook Me” … I was terrified because I thought they’d be the same. But I hadn’t even known he’d done it, and he hadn’t known that we had.[3] ”

In another interview, also given by Page in 1977, he elaborated:
“ had the same sort of taste in music as I did. That’s why you’ll find on the early LPs we both did a song like “You Shook Me.” It was the type of thing we’d both played in bands. Someone told me he’d already recorded it after we’d already put it down on the first Zeppelin album. I thought, “Oh dear, it’s going to be identical,” but it was nothing like it, fortunately. I just had no idea he’d done it. It was on Truth but I first heard it when I was in Miami after we’d recorded our version.

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