Led ZeppelinFormed 1968. Disbanded 25 September 1980
Led Zeppelin Biography (Wikipedia)
Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. With their heavy, guitar-driven sound, they are regularly cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, although their style drew from a variety of influences, including blues and 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 were initially unpopular with critics, they achieved significant commercial success with eight studio albums released over ten years, from Led Zeppelin (1969) to In Through the Out Door (1979). Their untitled fourth studio album, commonly known as Led Zeppelin IV (1971), and featuring the song "Stairway to Heaven", is among the most popular and influential works in rock music, and helped to secure the group's popularity.
Page wrote most of Led Zeppelin's music, particularly early in their career, while Plant generally supplied the lyrics. Jones's keyboard-based compositions later became central to the group's catalogue, which featured increasing experimentation. The latter half of their career saw a series of record-breaking tours that earned the group a reputation for excess and debauchery. Although they remained commercially and critically successful, their output and touring schedule were limited during the late 1970s, and the group disbanded following Bonham's death from alcohol-related asphyxia in 1980. In the decades that followed, the former members sporadically collaborated and participated in one-off Led Zeppelin reunions. The most successful of these was the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London, with Bonham's son Jason Bonham on drums.
- Listen to Jimmy Page chatting with BBC Radio 6 Music's Shaun Keavenyhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p047t3t3.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p047t3t3.jpg2016-09-14T08:42:00.000ZJimmy Page tells Shaun all about the upcoming Led Zeppelin BBC reissues.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p047t3th
Listen to Jimmy Page chatting with BBC Radio 6 Music's Shaun Keaveny
- Jimmy Page speaks to Stuart Maconiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqnqj.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqnqj.jpg2015-07-31T13:58:00.000ZJimmy Page speaks to 6 Music's Stuart Maconie about the release of deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin's final three albums.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02yh7t8
Jimmy Page speaks to Stuart Maconie
- "Make sure you get a Zeppelin record first"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02ptk1g.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02ptk1g.jpg2015-04-24T14:34:00.000ZDave Grohl on why Led Zeppelin should be part of everyone's musical foundation.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02px7kb
"Make sure you get a Zeppelin record first"
- Jimmy Page in conversation with Mark Radcliffehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02kyslz.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02kyslz.jpg2015-02-27T15:00:00.000ZJimmy Page joins Mark to talk about the reissue of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02kysmt
Jimmy Page in conversation with Mark Radcliffe
- Robert Plant in conversation with Radcliffe and Maconiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bnr82.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bnr82.jpg2014-11-12T14:26:00.000ZRock legend Robert Plant joins Mark and Stuart to speak about his new album and tour.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02bnrdw
Robert Plant in conversation with Radcliffe and Maconie
- Led Zeppelin: Whole Lotta Lovehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p025g4p9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p025g4p9.jpg2014-08-25T15:43:00.000ZZoe Ball meets Jimmy Page to reveal Whole Lotta Love as the Number 1 Greatest Guitar Riff of all time!https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p025g4pm
Led Zeppelin: Whole Lotta Love
- Robert Plant Interviewhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01lq96g.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01lq96g.jpg2013-11-17T17:40:00.000ZCerys catches up with a true rock legend in Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01lq96h
Robert Plant Interview
Led Zeppelin Tracks