History of Led Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin Research Topic Led Zeppelin was an English rock band active in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. Formed as The New Yardbirds in 1968, the band consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. Led Zeppelin are frequently recognised as the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock and they have also had a significant cultural impact. In 1966, Jimmy Page joined the blues-influenced rock band, The Yardbirds, replacing bassist Paul Samwell Smith. Page wanted to form a supergroup so he and bassist Chris Dreja began putting a new line up together.Terry Reid (Page's first choice for lead singer of the band) suggested Robert Plant, a Stourbridge singer for the Band of Joy and Hobbstweedle. Plant also recommended John Bonham to be chosen as the drummer when he accepted the position. When Dreja dropped out, John Paul Jones contaced Page about the vacancy which he succeeded in filling due to the fact Page had known Jones from his session days. The four played together for the first time in a room below a record store on Gerrard Street in London. “As soon as I heard John Bonham play”, recalled Jones, “I knew this was going to be great...we locked together as a team immediately.” They played in front of a live audience for the first time at Gladsaxe, Denmark, on 7th September 1968. Following their time touring as The New Yardbirds, the issue of coming up with a new band name arose. One account of how the new band's name was chosen held that Keith Moon, member of The Rolling Stones, suggested that the group would go down like a “lead balloon”. The group dropped the “a” in lead, so that those unfamiliar with the phrase would not pronounce it “leed”. The word “balloon” was transformed into “zeppelin” exaggerating the humourous situation. According to Page the new band name conjured the perfect

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