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Led Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin

Early Led Zeppelin publicity photo (Courtesy Atlantic Records)

Began:

1968

Ended:

1980

Original Band Members:

  • Robert Plant - Vocals
  • Jimmy Page - Guitar
  • John Bonham - Drums
  • John Paul Jones - Bass

Significant Facts:

  • Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" has been played on radio more than any other song in history, even though it was never released as a single.
  • U.S. album sales total more than 100-million.
  • The band's fourth album had no title, just a group of four ancient runes, each standing for a member of the band.
  • The band received their only Grammy, a Lifetime Achievment Award in 1995.

Career History:

The band began as The New Yardbirds. Their first album was released in 1969, debuting their unique blues-heavy metal-psychedelic sound. Before disbanding in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham, the group released eight studio albums and one live album. Since then, an original album and nine compilations have been released. Vocalist Robert Plant has had a successful solo career since 1982, occasionally collaborating with band founder Jimmy Page.

Essential CD:

Led Zeppelin IV

They could go hard, as with "Rock and Roll", or soft, as with "Stairway To Heaven", or psychedelic, as with "The Battle of Evermore". Because it represents the band's broad range of musical styles, this album (also sometimes known as "Zoso" or "The Rune Album" because of the absence of an actual title) is quintessential Led Zeppelin.

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