The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair

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The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair
Appears on BBC Sessions
Published by Warner Chappell Music
Registration ASCAP 370295226
Release date 17 November 1997
Recorded 16 June 1969 at
Aeolian Hall Studio 2, London.
Mixed at the Sol Studios, Berkshire.
Genre Blues rock
Language English
Length 3 min 1 sec
Composer Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Sleepy John Estes
Label Atlantic Records
Producer Paul Williams & Jimmy Page
Engineer Tony Wilson

'The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair' (also known as 'The Girl I Love') is a song performed by English rock band Led Zeppelin.


It was recorded by the BBC on 16 June 1969 for Chris Grant's Tasty Pop Sundae show during the band's U.K. Tour of Summer 1969, being broadcast on 22 June 1969. The song eventually found its way onto the Led Zeppelin album BBC Sessions, released in 1997. This is the only known performance of the song by the band, as no other audio document has been unearthed of it being performed live at Led Zeppelin concerts.

The guitar riff played by Jimmy Page that drives this song is similar to that played by Page on the later Led Zeppelin track 'Moby Dick', released in October 1969 on the album Led Zeppelin II. The lyrics in the first verse were inspired by the 1929 blues recording 'The Girl I Love She Got Long Curley Hair' by Sleepy John Estes.

The song was also released as a promotional single where it received significant airplay and charted in Canada and the United States.

Chart positions

Song (Airplay)

Chart (1997) Peak position
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[1] 4
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 Chart[2] 4
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[3] 49
  • 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
    • Paul Williams - producer
    • Tony Wilson - engineer, mixing
    • Jon Astley - mastering engineer


  1. Hot 100 Mainstream Rock Tracks - 1 December 1997. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-15.
  2. RPM Singles Chart - 15 December 1997. RPM. Retrieved on 2009-01-15.
  3. RPM Singles Chart - 26 January 1998. RPM. Retrieved on 2009-01-15.