Since I've Been Loving You

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"Since I've Been Loving You"
Song by Led Zeppelin
from the album Led Zeppelin III
Released 5 October 1970 (1970-10-05)
Recorded 1970
Studio Island, London
Genre Blues[1][2]
Length 7:25
Label Atlantic
Producer(s) Jimmy Page
Audio sample

"Since I've Been Loving You" is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released in 1970 on the album Led Zeppelin III.


"Since I've Been Loving You" was one of the first songs prepared for the Led Zeppelin III album.[3] The song was recorded live in the studio with very little overdubbing. It was reportedly the hardest to record.[4] Audio engineer Terry Manning called it "The best rock guitar solo of all time."[5] John Paul Jones played Hammond organ on the song, using the bass pedals for the bassline.[6][7]

This recording was done using John Bonham's Ludwig Speed King model #201, the drum pedal he used for his entire career and which was known as the "Squeak King" because of the excessive squeaking that can be heard on some recordings, especially on this track.[8]

Page commented:

The only real problem I can remember encountering was when we were putting the first boxed set together. There was an awfully squeaky bass drum pedal on 'Since I've Been Loving You'. It sounds louder and louder every time I hear it! [laughs]. That was something that was obviously sadly overlooked at the time.[8]

The opening and closing lyrics of "Since I've Been Loving You" are nearly identical to the 1968 Moby Grape song "Never".[9]

Song Information[edit]

The song is a slow blues in the key of C minor.[10] It uses the 12 bar chord minor progression known as "quick-change".


In a contemporary review of Led Zeppelin III, Lester Bangs of Rolling Stone wrote that the track "represents the obligatory slow and lethally dull seven-minute blues jam."[11]

In contrast, guitarist Joe Satriani enthused: "'Since I've Been Loving You' was a perfect example of taking a blues structure but striking out on your own. They were breaking ground, not copying. I love that Page would always just go for it. Some other guitarist might have better technique, but what Page did would always trump it because the spirit was so overwhelming. Whatever he did would turn into a technique."[12]

Live performances[edit]

As an improvisational showcase for all four group members, and especially for Page's electric blues guitar solos, "Since I've Been Loving You" became a staple and fan favourite of Led Zeppelin's live concert performances from 1970 until the end of their ninth American tour in summer 1973. It was played on the 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1979 and 1980 tours, but only a few times on the 1975 North American tour. In live performances of the song from 1977 onwards, Page would sometimes incorporate some of the solo of "Tea for One", a track from the band's 1976 album Presence that is similar in style to this song.

Page's guitar prowess is well demonstrated in different performances of the song from Madison Square Garden in July 1973, as seen in the group's concert films The Song Remains the Same (and accompanying soundtrack) and Led Zeppelin DVD. There is also a June 1972 live recording of "Since I've Been Loving You" which can be heard on the album How the West Was Won, and another live version on Disc two of BBC Sessions. The band performed the song during the 2007 Reunion gig in London's O2 Arena, and it is included the 2012 film of that historic concert, Celebration Day.


Page and Plant recorded a version of the song in 1994, released on their album No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded. Plant also used a sample from this on his solo track "White, Clean, and Neat". "Since I've Been Loving You" was performed at Led Zeppelin's reunion show at the O2 Arena, London on 10 December 2007.


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Sounds Germany "The Top 30 Songs of All Time"[13] 1992 16
Mojo United Kingdom "100 Great Voices"[14] 1994 *
Guitarist United Kingdom "Top 100 Guitar Solos of All-time"[15] 1998 8
Guitar World United States "100 Greatest Solos of All-time"[16] 1998 53
Q United Kingdom "1010 Songs You Must Own!"[17] 2004 *

(*) designates unordered lists.


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. ^ "Since I've Been Loving You" at AllMusic
  2. ^ Kevin Courtright (1 September 2009). Back to Schoolin'. Xulon Press. p. 101. ISBN 978-1-61579-045-6. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Dave (2004). Led Zeppelin: The Complete Guide to Their Music. p. 24. ISBN 1-84449-141-2. 
  4. ^ Brad Tolinski and Greg Di Bendetto, "Light and Shade", Guitar World, January 1998.
  5. ^ Barney Hoskyns (2006) Led Zeppelin IV, New York: Rodale Books. ISBN 1-59486-370-9, p. 63.
  6. ^ Chris Welch (1994) Led Zeppelin, London: Orion Books. ISBN 1-85797-930-3, p. 53.
  7. ^ "Jimmy Page discusses making Led Zeppelin III". Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "John Bonham >> Bass Drum Pedal". Archived from the original on January 1, 2015. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  9. ^ Lewis, Dave (2012). From a Whisper to a Scream: The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-788-4. A self-styled custom blues, though Robert Plant clearly derived some of the lyrics from the Moby Grape track 'Never' which appeared on the Grape Jam bonus disc that came with their 1968 Wow album. 
  10. ^ Led Zeppelin Complete. Superhype Publishing. 1973. p. 56. ISBN 0769207057. 
  11. ^ Bangs, Lester (26 November 1970). "Led Zeppelin III". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  12. ^ Chamberlain, Rich: "I got the spirit of the blues into my body"; Classic Rock #216, November 2015, p57
  13. ^ "The Final Hitparade: The Top 30 Songs of All Time - June 1992". Zounds. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  14. ^ "100 Great Voices: Robert Plant - 1994". Mojo. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  15. ^ "Top 100 Guitar Solos of All-time - January 1998". Guitarist. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  16. ^ "100 Greatest Solos of All-time - September 1998". Guitar World. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  17. ^ "1010 Songs You Must Own! Part Five – On a Downer: 60 Songs for Long Dark Night of the Soul - September 2004". Q. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 

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