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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 Erteg√ľn 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.

 
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