Hot Dog (song)

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"Hot Dog"
Single by Led Zeppelin
from the album In Through the Out Door
A-side "Fool in the Rain"
Released 7 December 1979 (1979-12-07) (US)
Format Seven-inch 45 rpm record
Recorded Polar Studios, Stockholm, Sweden, November–December 1978
Genre Country rock[1]
Length 3:17
Label Swan Song (no. 71003)
Producer(s) Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin singles chronology
"Candy Store Rock" / "Royal Orleans"
"Fool in the Rain" / "Hot Dog"
"Travelling Riverside Blues"

"Hot Dog" is the fourth track on Led Zeppelin's 1979 album In Through the Out Door. It is the only song on the album not co-written by bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones. A rollicking tune done in the style of a country hoe-down, it features some Elvis Presley-like vocals from singer Robert Plant.


The song was influenced by American rockabilly music. It emerged from the band's London pre-production rehearsals, at which it was typical for them to run through old Elvis and Ricky Nelson material from the 1950s.[2]

Plant said the lyrics were a tribute to Texas and the state of mind of the people who lived there. Plant also mentions the name "U-Haul" in one of the song's verses, referencing the American-based, "move-it-yourself" company. The title of the song - Hot Dog - refers to a distinctly American cuisine.

Page used a Fender Telecaster on this song, outfitted with a device called a B-Bender. This device, which raises the pitch of the guitar's B String via interface with the musician's guitar strap, can be heard at the end of the song's guitar solo.

"Hot Dog" was performed live at Led Zeppelin's performances at Knebworth in August 1979 and on their tour of Europe in 1980. During the two Knebworth concerts, Plant sang the last verse of the song with different lyrics than in the studio version. He ends with "And I'll never go to Texas anymore" instead of "They just rolled my doll right out the door." It was made available to the record industry in America by Swan Song Records.[2] However, the track was omitted from the Led Zeppelin DVD, which was released in 2003 and instead featured various other songs performed by the band at Knebworth.

Formats and tracklistings[edit]

See "Fool in the Rain" single.


Cover versions[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


  1. ^ Davis, Stephen (1985). Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga. New York: Ballantine Books. p. 291. ISBN 0-345-33516-3. 
  2. ^ a b Dave Lewis (1994), The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.