Hot Dog (song)

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Hot Dog
Appears on In Through the Out Door
Published by Flames of Albion Music
Registration ASCAP 380206964
Release date 7 December 1979
Recorded November - December 1978 at
Polar Studios, Stockholm.
Mixed at Plumpton Studios, Sussex.
Genre Rock
Language English
Length 3 minutes 15 seconds
Composer Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Label Swan Song Records
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer Leif Mases

'Hot Dog' is a recorded song on English rock band Led Zeppelin's 1979 album, In Through the Out Door. A fun, 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 standards from the 1950s.[1] The lyrics are about a girl in Texas who 'Took my heart' may have been based on a real woman in Plant's life, but he called this 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.

Upon listening closely it is possible to hear Jimmy Page counting to four and a slight electronic buzz before the song begins. 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. John Paul Jones used a Steinway grand piano for the recording.

Live performances

'Hot Dog' was performed live at Led Zeppelin's performances at Knebworth in August 1979, placed rather awkwardly between 'Ten Years Gone' and 'The Rain Song' in the first concert on 4 August, and on their tour of Europe in 1980.[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. This is possibly because Plant forgot some of the lyrics of the song when it was played at Knebworth.

Formats and track listings

See 'Fool in the Rain' single.


  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
    • Robert Plant – vocals
    • John Paul Jones – Steinway grand piano, bass guitar
    • John Bonham - drums, percussion
  • Production:
    • Peter Grant – executive producer
    • Leif Mases - engineer, mixing
    • 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, 93. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. 
  2. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 93. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1.