Candy Store Rock

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Candy Store Rock
1976 German single
Appears on Presence
Published by Flames of Albion Music
Registration ASCAP 330221755
Release date 18 June 1976
Recorded 9-27 November 1976
Genre Rockabilly, hard rock
Language English
Length 4 minutes 7 seconds
Composer Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Label Swan Song Records
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer Keith Harwood

'Candy Store Rock' is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin, released in 1976 on their album Presence. It was also released as a single in the United States of America.


The track is done in the style of a 1950s rock 'n' roll number, giving it a rather low-key but cheerful flavour. John Bonham's drumming is controlled rather than bombastic, making heavy use of the timpani. Meanwhile Jimmy Page's guitar solo is short and measured, coming in half way through the song. The band recorded the song at Musicland Studios in Germany, and it only took them about an hour to write it. Robert Plant sang from a wheelchair because he was recovering at the time from a car accident he had sustained in Greece. Plant considers 'Candy Store Rock' be one of his favourite songs from Presence.[1]

'Candy Store Rock' was never performed live by the band at Led Zeppelin concerts.[2] However, a one-minute improvisation was played live in concert by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant as a 'Black Dog' introduction on 26 July 1995 at Wembley Arena, London.

Chart positions


Chart (1976) Peak position
US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 50


  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
    • Robert Plant – vocals
    • John Paul Jones – bass guitar
    • John Bonham - drums, percussion
  • Production:
    • Peter Grant – executive producer
    • Keith Harwood - engineer, mixing
    • Jeremy Gee – tape engineer
    • Joe Sidore - original CD mastering engineer (mid-1980s)
    • George Marino - remastered CD engineer (1990)


  1. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 81. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. 
  2. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 81. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1.