Mostly Credited As: Led Zeppelin
Date Of Birth: 1968
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: London, England
Date Of Death: 1980
In 1968, guitarist Jimmy Page decided he wanted to quit his tenure as a session guitarist and start his own band. He asked his friend John Paul Jones to play bass in his new project, and the pair began looking for a vocalist. They found a young amateur named Robert Plant whom they recruited right away. Plant then recommended his friend John Bonham to play drums, and the band was formed. Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, predicted that Page's band would "go over like a lead zeppelin," Page liked it, and the band now had a name. Needless to say, Moon was wrong and Led Zeppelin released its self titled debut album in January of 1969. The album was an instant hit and the band zoomed into superstardom beginning a period of 12 straight years in which Led Zeppelin owned rock music. Zeppelin's highly original blended sound of blues, folk, and funk is unrivaled and has never been recreated although thousands have tried.
Led Zeppelin - 1969 10x Platinum
Led Zeppelin II - 1969 12x Platinum
Led Zeppelin III - 1970 6x Platinum
Led Zeppelin IV - 1971 23x Platinum
Houses Of The Holy - 1973 11x Platinum
Physical Graffiti - 1975 16x Platinum
Presence - 1976 3x Platinum
In Through The Out Door - 1979 6x Platinum
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Led Zeppelin broke up in 1980 due to drummer John Bonham's tragic death.
Led Zeppelin is considered by most to be the founders of heavy metal.
Zeppelin has sold over 100 million albums in the US and over 300 million worldwide. Only Elvis Presley and The Beatles have sold more.
Led Zeppelin played at the 1985 Live Aid concert. The drummer was Phil Collins.
Led Zeppelin deliberately misspelled the first part of their name so people would not mispronounce it.
Peter Grant was Led Zeppelin's manager throughout the years.
Zeppelin released a new compilation in November of 2007 called Mothership.
According to Recording Industry Association of America, Led Zeppelin's song “Stairway to Heaven” is considered the greatest classic rock song of all time.
Led Zeppelin Quotes
John Bonham: Drumming was the only thing I was ever good at.
Jimmy Page: I don't think the critics could understand what we were doing.
Jimmy Page: I always believed in the music we did and that's why it was uncompromising.
Robert Plant: I realized what Led Zeppelin was about around the end of our first U.S. tour. We started off not even on the bill in Denver, and by the time we got to New York we were second to Iron Butterfly, and they didn't want to go on!