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Here's some lascivious love songs for V-Day

You'll put an eye out with that thing!
You'll put an eye out with that thing!

Love songs are the heart, soul and spleen of the music business. And musicians, being rebels and upstarts, have always been pushing the boundaries of taste and decency, leading to some surprising outcomes…

Etta James began her career with a hit song that was too raunchy for many conservative radio stations. The song originally titled “Roll With Me Henry” became “The Wallflower.” Problem solved: Same lyrics, different title.

The Rolling Stones had to change the title and lyrics of one of their hits for their 1967 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1967. “Let’s Spend The Night Together” became “Let’s Spend Some Time Together”, with Mick Jagger rolling his eyes each time he sang the line. Here’s the video of that fateful show:

Muddy Waters never had any trouble saying what he meant when it came to love, and one of his best “You Need Love” was so good that Led Zeppelin decided to make it their own. First, here’s Jeff Beck & Eric Clapton performing “You Need Love”:

Led Zeppelin knew a good thing when they heard it and “borrowed” quite liberally from the Willie Dixon-penned track for their 1969 smash “Whole Lotta Love”. They were only too happy to settle out-of-court when Dixon called them on it.

Here’s what Robert Plant said later: “That was it, a nick. Now happily paid for...well, you only get caught when you're successful. That's the game.” Here’s Zep live:



John has worked as a professional bassist for 20 years, including a 15 year stint as Musical Director of the Mountain Stage radio program. John has been at KNKX since 1999 where he hosts “All Blues”, is producer of the BirdNote radio program, and co-hosts “Record Bin Roulette”. John is also the recording engineer for KNKX “In-Studio Performances”. Not surprisingly, John's main musical interests are jazz and blues, and he is still performing around Seattle.
John Maynard started working in radio in the seventies as a DJ at Seattle’s KJR AM which at the time was the dominant AM station in the Seattle market. After a brief stint as a restaurateur and night club owner, Maynard returned to radio with Robin Erickson, creating the hugely popular “Robin and Maynard Show.” In the more than 20 years under that marquee, Maynard flew with the Blue Angels, piloted the Goodyear Blimp, sang with Donny Osmond and hung out in a Universal Studios bar with Kojak (Telly Savalas).