Dancing Days

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"Dancing Days"
Single by Led Zeppelin
from the album Houses of the Holy
A-side "Over the Hills and Far Away"
Released 24 May 1973 (1973-05-24) (US)
Format Seven-inch 45 rpm record
Recorded 1972
Genre Hard rock[1]
Length 3:41
Label Atlantic (no. 2970)
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin singles chronology
"Rock and Roll" / "Four Sticks"
(1972)
"Over the Hills and Far Away" / "Dancing Days"
(1973)
"D'yer Mak'er" / "The Crunge"
(1973)
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"Dancing Days" is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It appears on their 1973 album, Houses of the Holy, and was released as a single in the US. It was recorded at Stargroves, England in 1972. It was inspired by an Indian tune that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant heard while traveling in Bombay. This was the first track from the album to be offered for radio play by Atlantic Records. It was premiered on 24 March 1973 on the BBC Radio One Rosko lunch time show.[2]

As with the single's A-side, "Over the Hills and Far Away", "Dancing Days" was introduced by the band in concert well ahead of its commercial release. Although a bootleg tape purports to prove it was first played at the Wembley Empire Pool in November 1971, evidence suggests its inclusion on this tape was a hoax. The earliest live documented reference is in Seattle on 19 June 1972 where the song was performed twice: once during the main set and again as an encore;[2] it was then performed frequently during the rest of this tour, with a version appearing on the live album, How the West Was Won. With the release of Houses of the Holy, however, "Dancing Days" was largely dropped from concerts, although an abridged, acoustic version was occasionally performed during the 1977 U.S. tour.[2] A full electric version was played as an encore on 13 July 1973 at Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan as featured on the "Monsters of Rock" bootleg.

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Stone Temple Pilots cover[edit]

"Dancing Days"
Song by Stone Temple Pilots from the album Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Released March 14, 1995
Genre Alternative rock, grunge
Length 4:02 (album version)
3:46 (radio edit)
Label Atlantic
Producer Jolene Cherry, Bill Curbishley, and Kevin Williamson

The song was covered by American alternative rock/grunge band Stone Temple Pilots and it was featured on the compilation album Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin which features 12 covers of many Led Zeppelin songs and it was released on March 14, 1995. Despite not being officially released as a single, it was a radio hit, reaching number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, number 3 on the Album Rock Tracks chart and number 11 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It also hit number 46 on the Canadian Singles Chart.

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart 46
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 63
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 11

Sources[edit]

  • Lewis, Dave (2004) The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9
  • Welch, Chris (1998) Led Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused: The Stories Behind Every Song, ISBN 1-56025-818-7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Houses of the Holy – Album Review". AllMusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Dave Lewis (1994), The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.