Coming together in 1968 in London Led Zeppelin became a popular English rock band. They were Jimmy Page guitar, Robert Plant vocalist, John Paul Jones bassist, and keyboardist and John Bonham drummer. They played music based on the blues in their early albums. They later got recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal. Their most popular album was their fourth album in 1971 which included the ever-popular hit “Stairway to Heaven”.
They gained great success and were known for their record-breaking tours. When Bonham died from alcohol-related asphyxia in 1980 the band disbanded. However, the remaining members came together for reunions and when they performed in 2007 at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London Jason Bonham took his late father’s place at the drums.
Led Zeppelin has gone down in rock history as the most innovative, successful and influential rock groups. They also count as the second-best-selling band in the U.S. All of their albums made it on the charts and six of them rose to number one. In 1995 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Led Zeppelin started out in 1968 as The New Yardbirds. They reached commercial and critical success in the 1970s. I was their fourth album in 1971 which was left untitled and the cover had no band name. As it turned out this album became one of the best-selling albums in history with 37 million copies sold. The song most requested from this album was “Stairway to Heaven”.
Their next album in 1973 Houses of the Holy was a chart topper all over the world. With the singles from the album “Over the Hills and Far Away” and “D’yer Mak’er”. Their tour of North America broke attendance records as they continued to fill large stadiums and auditoriums. In New York City their three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden were filmed for a movie.
They came out with a double album in 1975 Physical Graffiti which included fifteen songs. The album went platinum in the U.S. This album featured a wide range of musical styles. Hard rock was represented with songs like “Custard Pie” and “The Rover”, orchestral rock with “Kashmir”, progressive rock with “In the Light”, driving funk with “Trampled Under Foot”, acoustic rock and roll with “Boogie with Stu”, a love ballad “Ten Years Gone”, the blues “In My Time of Dying”, soft rock “Down by the Seaside” and acoustic guitar instrumental with “Bron-Yr-Aur”. Several tracks from this album became staples at Led Zeppelin concerts.
They went on a major tour of North America in 1977 and set new attendance records, in fact, their concert at Silverdome on April 30th of that year had the largest attendance to that date for a single act show as per the Guinness Book of Records. It was before their next North American tour in 1980 that John Bonham died and the tour was canceled. They disbanded shortly afterward.
Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
Into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
Into the Mojo Hall of Fame in 2003.