Led Zeppelin Biography

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The band consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The group's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues on their early albums, has drawn them recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, though their unique style drew from a wide variety of influences, including folk music.

After changing their name from the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin signed a deal with Atlantic Records that afforded them considerable artistic freedom. Although the group was initially unpopular with critics, they achieved significant commercial success with albums such as Led Zeppelin (1969), Led Zeppelin II (1969), Led Zeppelin III (1970), their untitled fourth album (1971), Houses of the Holy (1973), and Physical Graffiti (1975). Their fourth album, which features the track "Stairway to Heaven", is among the most popular and influential works in rock music, and it helped to cement the popularity of the group.

Page wrote most of the music in Led Zeppelin's early career, while Plant generally supplied the songs' lyrics. Jones' keyboard-based compositions later became central to the group's music, and their later albums featured greater experimentation. The latter half of the band's career saw a series of record-breaking tours that earned them a reputation for excess and debauchery. Although they remained commercially and critically successful, their output and touring schedule were limited in the late 1970s, and the group disbanded following Bonham's death from alcohol-related asphyxia in 1980. In the decades since, the surviving members have sporadically collaborated and participated in one-off Led Zeppelin reunions. The most successful of these was at the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London, with Jason Bonham taking his late father's place behind the drums.

Led Zeppelin are widely considered one of the most successful, innovative and influential rock groups in history. They are one of the best-selling music artists in the history of audio recording; various sources estimate the group's record sales at 200 to 300 million units worldwide. With 111.5 million RIAA-certified units, they are the second-best-selling band in the United States. Each of their nine studio albums placed on the Billboard Top 10 and six reached the number-one spot. Rolling Stone magazine described them as "the heaviest band of all time", "the biggest band of the '70s" and "unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history". They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995; the museum's biography of the band states that they were "as influential in that decade [the 1970s] as the Beatles were in the prior one".

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Jimmy Page honoured at the O2 Silver Clef Awards

Bono, Pharrell and Tom Jones among the guests at the annual awards charity gala

  • Jul 7, 2014

Jimmy Page agrees with polls which say Led Zeppelin should headline Glastonbury

The guitarist joked: 'Maybe I could just go out on my own then and call myself Led Zeppelin'

  • Jul 5, 2014

Robert Plant says Jimmy Page needs to 'have a good rest'

The frontman responds to Page's claim that he's 'fed up' with him delaying possible Led Zeppelin live shows

  • Jun 5, 2014

Midweek chart update: Led Zeppelin on course for three Top Ten albums

Plus, new high entries for Clean Bandit, James and Paul Weller

  • Jun 4, 2014

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page to publish autobiography in October

'Jimmy Page' will feature over 600 photos as well as Page's own words

  • Jun 3, 2014

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Whole Lotta Love (Live Video)

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Rock And Roll (Live Video)

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Led Zeppelin Reviews

Led Zeppelin;  02 Arena, London, Monday December 10

Led Zeppelin; 02 Arena, London, Monday December 10

The Hammer Of The Gods comes crashing down once more...

  • Jan 7, 2008

Led Zeppelin

Mothership

  • Nov 9, 2007

Latter Days: The Best Of Led Zeppelin. Volume Two

While the material on this record doesn't match up to [B]'Volume One'[/B], it's still an essential purchase for anyone who can't be bothered to get their patchy later albums...

  • Mar 22, 2000

Early Days - The Best of Led Zeppelin: Volume One

Before [a]Jimmy Page[/a] could gurn for Guernsey and [B]Bob Plant[/B] began to resemble that stuff used to line hamster cages, there was a time when it was all Valhalla and velvet loons round [a]Led Z

  • Jan 6, 2000

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