The first time I heard Led Zeppelin's "We're Gonna Groove" was back in 1982 when Atlantic records released the hodgepodge that was "Coda," a collection of mostly good outtakes assembled after the death of John Bonham. This was a song the band had played live early on, but had dropped from the set before 1971.
If you were a fan of the band, any new music at that point in time was a blessing. And though "Coda" has received mostly unfavorable reviews over the years, I still find most of it a treat, especially the burning version the Ben E. King tune I mentioned above.
It's been 30 years and I only just heard the original version. Hard to believe, but it's true. I know I made some attempts to find it, but I'm thinking the reason it was so elusive was due to the fact that it is not called "We're Gonna Groove." Remember, the search began long before Google.
Here it is and it is pretty kick-ass itself.
Also just heard Manfred Mann's version, in which the riff that became "Whole Lotta Love" is a bit more obvious.