Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham.
After changing their name from the New Yardbirds, they signed a deal with Atlantic Records who gave them considerable artistic freedom. The group was initially unpopular with critics. They achieved commercial success with albums such as Led Zeppelin, 1967, Led Zeppelin II, 1969, Led Zeppelin III, 1970, Led Zeppelin IV, 1971, Houses of the Holy, 1973, Physical Graffiti, 1975, and In Through the Out Door in 1979. Their fourth album, which features the song “Stairway to Heaven”, is among the most popular works in rock music, helped secure their popularity.
Their first album hit the Billboard top 10 in two months, there second album, Led Zeppelin II reached #1. After that, every album went Platinum.
Like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin’s Jimi Page had a reason for every bit of distortion, feedback, and reverb that he incorporated. Their best known song, “Stairway to Heaven”, was a regular on FM stations. Like most of their hits they never released it on a single. They are considered the second best selling band from the U.S. with an estimated 200 – 300 record sales.
A packed was made that if something happened to one member of the band, they would disperse and not reunite. John Bonham passed away in 1980 after a heavy drinking binge. A 4 December 1980 press statement stated that, “We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend, and the deep sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were”. The statement was signed simply “Led Zeppelin”. The band has never played again as Led Zeppelin.
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