Jimmy Page formed Led Zeppelin after the break-up of The Yardbirds. Page found Robert Plant singing with a band called 'Hobbstweedle' and asked him to join; Plant recommended that Page hire John Bonham, the drummer for Plant's old band, and after touring as 'The New Yardbirds' to fulfil their contractual obligations, Led Zeppelin was born. The group recorded their entire first album in just under 30 hours and only two months after its release it hit the US Top Ten. The band toured extensively and gained a fearsome reputation for their live performances and their off-stage antics. Their bluesy, instinctive brand of soulful rock 'n' roll music won them legions of fans all over the world: Led Zeppelin IV sold over 16 million copies in the following years. Led Zeppelin recorded two Peel Sessions in 1969.