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Led Zeppelin

Almost everybody has heard of Led Zeppelin. They might not have heard their music, but they'll know the name. And probably the name of a certain song (you know the one). This is because Led Zeppelin are singly one of the most influential, groundbreaking, and iconic musical ensembles of modern times, and have had a lasting impact on the development of Rock, Hard Rock, and Metal (in particular, drummer John Bonham has been highly instrumental in the development of rock drumming), and their record sales in the US alone number at around 300 milion, placing them second inline in popu ...read more

Almost everybody has heard of Led Zeppelin. They might not have heard their music, but they'll know the name. And probably the name of a certain song (you know the one). This is because Led Zeppelin are singly one of the most influential, groundbreaking, and iconic musical ensembles of modern times, and have had a lasting impact on the development of Rock, Hard Rock, and Metal (in particular, drummer John Bonham has been highly instrumental in the development of rock drumming), and their record sales in the US alone number at around 300 milion, placing them second inline in popularity only to the Beatles. After The Yardbirds (One of the top 5 bands in the world at the time) broke apart in 1968, they had several large touring venue contracts to fulfill. The burden of completing these contracts fell upon the shoulders of non-other than guitarist James Patrick Page (better known to the world as Jimmy). His original choice for vocalist, Terry Reid, declined the opportunity, but selflessly recommended the young Robert Plant. Prospective drummers included Procol Harum's BJ Wilson, but Plant introduced Page to his friend John Bonham (who was hastily recruited after five minutes of playing in front of Page).The band's original bassist, Chris Dreja, left shortly after the start of the project and became a photographer (he took the photo of the band that appears on the back cover of the band's debut album). He was replaced by John Baldwin (a.k.a John Paul Jones); an acquaintance of Page from their session playing days. This was a fortunate camaraderie, as Jones was one of the most in-demand session musicians around at the time. The group maintained this lineup for the rest of its twelve year life. The band members where told they would only play together until the touring contracts had been fulfilled, but as the concerts unfolded, Page and his bandmates began to realise that they were on to a winning formula, and began playing new songs at their gigs. When questioned about Jimmy's new project, then Who drummer Keith Moon was quoted saying that Page's band would "Go down like a Lead Balloon". After hearing the interview, the group jokingly renamed themselves "Led Zeppelin" (with the deliberate misspelling of "Lead" intended to avoid mispronunciation of the word as "Leed"). Led Zeppelin then rushed into the studio in late 1968 to record their 8 song, self-titled debut. (Led Zeppelin I, 1969, Atlantic Records) Because they had been playing some of the largest venues in the world (The ones The Yarbirds would have played) they were immediately skyrocketed into super stardom in England with the song "Good Times Bad Times" (released as a single on 3/10/69). But Zep didn't really crack the U.S. (the single only reached #80 in the US pop charts)until the release of their second album later that year (Led Zeppelin II, 1969, Atlantic records) with the single"A Whole Lotta Love" (possibly the band's most regularly played song, it was released as a single against the group's wishes, with the infamous central medley of the album version removed). In their earlier years, the band's music was very heavily blues influenced, with many songs on their first album being covers of popular blues artists. Page and Plant were heavily influenced by such artists as Willie Dixon and Howlin' Wolf, and The Lemon Song on Volume II is a reworking of one of the latter's most famous tracks (Killing Floor). There was also some controversy over A Whole Lotta Love, which was found to be almost identical to an earlier Willie Dixon number, and it was not until after a court battle that the group grudgingly conceded to give royalties and a writer's credit to Dixon for the song. Zeppelin released only one other single; "The Immigrant Song" on Led Zeppelin III of 1970. This third album was greeting fairly badly by critics. The band then released the album that would make them international superstars. After the "failure" of Led Zeppelin III in the previous year, thegroup decided to leave the album untitled consisting of four stylised symbols sybolic of each of the band members. This album, usually referred to as "Led Zeppelin IV", "Fours Symbols", or "Zoso" sported the highest charting song in the world's history, "Stairway to Heaven". After this Zep created their own record label, Swan Song, and went on to become the 2nd most popular and best-selling band in the world. (The Beatles are number one in both areas). However, on September 25 1980, John Bonham tragically died by asphyxiation after consuming 49 measures of alcohol at Page's house. (shortly before embarking on an American tour). The surviving members decided that they could no longer play or record as Led Zeppelin. The group disbanded in December of that year. There have been a couple of one-off reunions since, most notably the 2007 benefit concert in the London O2 Arena, for which Jason Bonham, the late John Bonham's son, took up drumming duties for the band. That was the most recent appearance for the band, and although there has been more talk of further reunion plans, the Zeppelin has yet to come off the ground again. The surviving three members have been involved in other projects in recent years, Plant collaborating with American bluegrass singer Alison Krauss on the 2007 album Raising Sand, and John Paul Jones currently playing in the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, also featuring Josh Homme (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age) and Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters). Despite their relatively short tenure, Zeppelin have earned a deeply ingrained place in western culture, and it is likely that their influence on music will remain visible for many years to come. « hide

Similar Bands: The Yardbirds, Robert Plant, Coverdale and Page, Deep Purple, The Rolling Stones

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Coda
1982

3
1,033 Votes
In Through the Out Door
1979

3.3
1,349 Votes
Presence
1976

3.6
1,459 Votes
Physical Graffiti
1975

4.3
2,695 Votes
Houses of the Holy
1973

4.3
2,970 Votes
Led Zeppelin IV
1971

4.5
4,652 Votes
Led Zeppelin III
1970

4.2
3,118 Votes
Led Zeppelin II
1969

4.4
3,551 Votes
Led Zeppelin
1969

4.3
3,574 Votes
Live Albums
The Complete BBC Sessions
2016

4.2
9 Votes
Celebration Day
11/19/2012

4.2
202 Votes
How the West Was Won
2003

4.4
544 Votes
Led Zeppelin [DVD]
2003

4.5
389 Votes
BBC Sessions
1997

4
267 Votes
The Song Remains the Same
1973

3.9
433 Votes
Compilations
Coda (Deluxe Edition)
2015

3.9
16 Votes
Definitive Collection
2008

4.6
35 Votes
Mothership
2007

4.3
399 Votes
Early Days/Latter Days
2002

4.1
216 Votes
Best Of, Vol. 2: Latter Days
2000

3.8
179 Votes
Best Of, Vol. 1: Early Days
1999

4.2
218 Votes
The Complete Studio Recordings
1993

4.3
43 Votes
Led Zeppelin [Box Set 2]
1993

4
17 Votes
Led Zeppelin [Box Set]
1990

4.5
58 Votes
Remasters
1990

4.4
158 Votes
The 10 Legendary Singles
1982

3
1 Votes
2 Originals Of Led Zeppelin
1974

4
1 Votes

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