Dazed and Confused: The Incredibly Strange Saga of Jake Holmes

Posted on November 27, 2005 

Dazed and Confused: The Incredibly Strange Saga of Jake Holmes

“How many musicians can claim to have been in a comedy team with Joan Rivers, written a concept album for Frank Sinatra, had one of their songs stolen by Led Zeppelin and hung out with Nelson Mandela? Only one: Jake Holmes.

Holmes is most famous for two ’70’s anthems. However, few people know he wrote either of them. One is the aforementioned song that Jimmy Page & Co. nicked, “Dazed And Confused.” Holmes has never received a songwriting credit or royalties from the band (for more on that story check out The Thieving Magpies on this website). The other tune is a commmercial that played repeatedly on television, a harangue to join the U.S. Army. C’mon, you remember it . . . “Be all you can be!” “

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