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Led Zeppelin Biography


Also known as The New Yardbirds, The Nobs
Origin London, England
Genres Rock, hard rock, heavy metal

 

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in 1968 that consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones.

With their heavy, guitar-driven blues-rock sound, Led Zeppelin are regularly cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock, even though the band’s individualistic style drew from many sources and transcends any one music genre. Led Zeppelin did not release songs from their albums as singles in the United Kingdom, as they preferred to develop the concept of “album-oriented rock”.

More than 30 years after disbanding following Bonham’s death in 1980, Led Zeppelin continue to be held in high regard for their artistic achievements, commercial success, and broad influence.

 

The band are widely considered to be one of the most successful, innovative and influential bands in the history of rock music. Led Zeppelin have sold over 200 million albums worldwide according to some sources, while other sources state sales of more than 300 million records,[8] including 111.5 million certified units in the United States, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, as well as the second best selling band of all time in the United States.

They have had all of their original studio albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard album chart in the US, with six reaching the number one spot. Rolling Stone magazine has described Led Zeppelin as “the heaviest band of all time”, “the biggest band of the ’70s” and “unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history”. Similarly, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame described the band in the 1970s as being “as influential in that decade as The Beatles were in the prior one”.

In 2007, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunited (along with John Bonham’s son, Jason) for the Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert at The O2 Arena in London. The band was honoured with the “Best Live Act” prize for their one-off reunion at MOJO Awards 2008, where they were declared the “greatest rock and roll band of all time “

Led Zeppelin, one of the greatest band in music history, was formed in ENGLAND around 1968 by frontman Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham.

They were originally named the New Yardbirds, after a brief period of live performances, they re-christened themselves Led Zeppelin and signed a recording deal with Atlantic Records who released their eponymous debut in early 1969; the band traveled the United States for the first time playing a series of live shows; Led Zeppelin made an impressive impact and within two months cracked the top 10 of The U.S. Pop Albums chart and hit #6 in Britain.

During that year, the band supported the album by touring in the U.S. and England; in the meantime recorded their second album which was released in October, “Led Zeppelin II” went straight to #1 on both U.K. and U.S. Pop Albums charts spawning “Whole Lotta Love” which peaked at #4 in U.S. Official Pop Singles chart.

“Led Zeppelin III” was issued in October of 1970, the album which featured two traditional songs, was written in Wales, largely influenced by Celtic culture; the record became an instant #1 hit in Britain and in U.S. Pop Albums charts.

The quartet released their greatest album in November of 1971, the untitled effort, referred to as “Led Zeppelin IV”, generated a series of rock staples like “Stairway To Heaven”, never issued as a single, “Black Dog” and “Rock And Roll” which entered the U.S. Pop Singles chart reaching respectively the #14 and #47 spots; nevertheless the band’s fourth effort stalled at #2 in U.S. Pop chart, but topped the British Albums chart; in the States, on March of 1996, the album was certified 16 x platinum.

1973′s “Houses Of The Holy” debuted at #1 on both American and England Albums charts, the most representative single, “D’yer Mak’er”, hit #20 in The U.S. Pop chart; Led Zeppelin embarked on a sold-out U.S. tour and their summer show at Madison Square Garden in New York was filmed for the 1976′s live concert movie, titled “The Song Remains The Same”.

In early 1975 the group charted again at #1 on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean with “Physical Graffiti”; the double album contained the hit single “Trampled Under Foot” and continued the band’s musical experimentation beginning with “Houses Of The Holy”, that same year Led Zeppelin planned a world tour but in August 1975 Robert Plant was seriously injured in a car accident and the tour was canceled.

 

Led Zeppelin Biography


Also known as The New Yardbirds, The Nobs
Origin London, England
Genres Rock, hard rock, heavy metal

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in 1968 that consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones. With their heavy, guitar-driven blues-rock sound, Led Zeppelin are regularly cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock, even though the band’s individualistic style drew from many sources and transcends any one music genre. Led Zeppelin did not release songs from their albums as singles in the United Kingdom, as they preferred to develop the concept of “album-oriented rock”.

More than 30 years after disbanding following Bonham’s death in 1980, Led Zeppelin continue to be held in high regard for their artistic achievements, commercial success, and broad influence. The band are widely considered to be one of the most successful, innovative and influential bands in the history of rock music. Led Zeppelin have sold over 200 million albums worldwide according to some sources, while other sources state sales of more than 300 million records, including 111.5 million certified units in the United States, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, as well as the second best selling band of all time in the United States. They have had all of their original studio albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard album chart in the US, with six reaching the number one spot. Rolling Stone magazine has described Led Zeppelin as “the heaviest band of all time”, “the biggest band of the ’70s” and “unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history”.Similarly, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame described the band in the 1970s as being “as influential in that decade as The Beatles were in the prior one”.

In 2007, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunited (along with John Bonham’s son, Jason) for the Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert at The O2 Arena in London. The band was honoured with the “Best Live Act” prize for their one-off reunion at MOJO Awards 2008, where they were declared the “greatest rock and roll band of all time.

The Yardbird’s played their final show at Luton Technical College in 1968. But what was seemingly an end; turned out to be the beginning of three tremendously successful careers in music. The careers of guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. It’s seems the three couldn’t agree on anything creatively in the Yardbirds. They were all leaders.

After the bands break-up, Jimmy Page was left with little more than a series of concert obligations. He started jamming with John Paul Jones, a session player, who had collaborated with likes of the Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits and Dusty Springfield. The duo discussed forming a new group, but ended up delaying their plans to back Donovan on his Hurdy Gurdy LP.

After hearing of Pages’ intention of starting a new band, vocalist Terry Reid suggested he hear Robert Plant. When Page got a chance to check Plant out, Jimmy not only ended up liking his voice, but also his stage presence. Plant, in turn, suggested they recruit John Bonham, the drummer of his old Birmingham group, Band of Joy. The foursome clicked so nicely that they toured Scandinavia during October 1968 under the name the New Yardbirds.

By 1969 the group changed their name to Led Zeppelin, recorded, and released their first self-titled album. Within two months the album reached Billboard’s Top Ten. The album is essentially Zeppelin most blues-driven release. Page’s early style drew so heavily on the blues that Willie Dixon later won a large settlement for the copyright infringement. Rumour has it that a few of song titles off the first release ripped off old blues titles; they only changed one word in these songs catch phrases.

Led Zeppelin II and every release after has attained Platinum status, and in 1973 the group began to break box-office records set by the Beatles. By 1975 Led Zeppelin was the most commercially successful rock band in the world.

The group broke up after the tragic death of drummer John Bonham. He died from what is medically termed as asphyxiation: inhaling his own vomit during sleep after a drinking binge. His hard-hitting style has so integral to the bands sound that the remaining members decided to call it quits. Without Bonham there could be no Led Zeppelin.

The mighty Zeppelin has experimented with several musical styles over the bands reign. Their sound began with Blues and thunderous Heavy Metal, softened to mystical Folk and tumbled into the realm of Funk, Psychedelic Rock, and the fusion and integration of all these styles. Perhaps this is why their music has attained the lasting value that only two other groups have been able to secure, the Beatles and Pink Floyd.

 

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Also known as The New Yardbirds, The Nobs
Origin London, England
Genres Rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Years active 1968 (1968)–1980
(Reunions: 1985, 1988, 1995, 2007)
Labels Atlantic, Swan Song
Associated acts Page and Plant, The Honeydrippers, The Yardbirds
Website ledzeppelin.com

 

Led Zeppelin Photos



Aleister Crowley , occultist supposedly idolized by Page, who bought his mansion for the summer.

Aleister Crowley , occultist supposedly idolized by Page, who bought his mansion for the summer.

Led Zeppelin at their reunion concert on December 10th of 200

Led Zeppelin at their reunion concert on December 10th of 200

Led Zeppelin in concert in Chicago in January 1975

Led Zeppelin in concert in Chicago in January 1975

Live at Montreux , 1970

Live at Montreux , 1970

Plant (left) and Page (right) in concert during the North American tour of 1977

Plant (left) and Page (right) in concert during the North American tour of 1977

The surviving members of Led Zeppelin with Jason Bonham

The surviving members of Led Zeppelin with Jason Bonham

 

Led Zeppelin


Plant (left) and Page (right) in concert during the North American tour of 1977Led Zeppelin was a group English of rock , considered one of the most important of the genre and one of the most popular during the decade of the seventies . Founded in 1968 by guitarist Jimmy Page , who had belonged to The Yardbirds , to include training in John Paul Jones as bassist and keyboard player (that Page knew from previous work with The Yardbirds), vocalist Robert Plant and John Bonham the battery (which had coincided with Plant in The Band of Joy).

Led Zeppelin had elements of a broad spectrum of influences, including blues , the rock and roll , the soul , the Celtic music , the Indian music , the Arabic, folk , and even the country .
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