Did Led Zeppelin Plagiarize 'Whole Lotta Love'? You Bet.
Led Zeppelin II opens with 'Whole Lotta Love'. Some genius guitar riffs from Jimmy Page. Great musical originality. But the lyrics? Not so original. In fact, Robert Plant lifted large sections of the lyrics from 'You Need Love,' written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Muddy Waters for Chess Recordsin 1962.
For years, blues artists recognized that Led Zeppelin 'borrowed' an awful lot of material. Willie Dixon finally took Zeppelin to court in 1985. They settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. Nowadays, you find Willie Dixon listed as the writer of 'Whole Lotta Love' along with the four members of Zeppelin.
Oddly, it appears Zeppelin 'borrowed' more from The Small Faces song 'You Need Loving', recorded in 1966. Only four years after Dixon's 'You Need Love'. The Small Faces basically covered the Dixon song, but gave him no credit. Apparently Dixon didn't mind. He NEVER sued The Small Faces. He went for Zeppelin and the big money.