Boogie with Stu

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Boogie with Stu
Appears on Physical Graffiti
Published by Flames of Albion Music
Registration ASCAP 530195183
Release date 24 February 1975
Recorded January 1971 at
Headley Grange, Hampshire with the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio.
Mixed at Olympic Studios, London.
Genre Blues rock
Language English
Length 3 minutes 45 seconds
Composer Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Ian Stewart, Mrs. Valens
Label Swan Song Records
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer Andy Johns

'Boogie with Stu' is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin from their 1975 album Physical Graffiti.


It was a jam recorded in 1971 at Headley Grange, where the band had done most of the recording for their fourth album. Led Zeppelin were using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio and were accompanied by the Rolling Stones' road manager and piano player, Ian Stewart, who ended up jamming with the band on piano.[1] The working title for this song was 'Sloppy Drunk', a title that vocalist Robert Plant came up with.[2]

It has been reported that Plant played guitar on the track (with Jimmy Page playing mandolin).[3] The slapping guitar came from an overdub session with an ARP guitar synthesizer.[4]

The final product was a song which was a tribute to Ritchie Valens' 'Ooh, My Head'.[5] The song was credited to 'Page/Plant/Jones/Bonham/Mrs. Valens/Ian Stewart', as the band had heard that Richie Valens mother was not financially well off.

This song was never performed live at Led Zeppelin concerts.[6]


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


  1. Shadwick, Keith (2005). “Whole Lotta Graffiti”, Led Zeppelin: The Story of a Band and Their Music: 1968-1980. London: Omnibus Press, 233. ISBN 978-0-87930-871-1. OCLC 224513955. 
  2. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 72. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. 
  3. Welch, Chris (2009). Led Zeppelin: The Stories Behind Every Led Zeppelin Song, Revised. London: Carlton Books, 111. ISBN 978-1-84732-286-9. OCLC 317254118. 
  4. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 73. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. 
  5. Tolinski, Brad; Greg DiBenedetto (May 1993). "Inside the studio with Jimmy Page". Guitar World 14 (5). ISSN 1063-4231.
  6. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 73. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1.