Led Zeppelin is considered one of the most influential rock bands of all time. They have sold more than 300 million records worldwide and are widely credited with helping to shape the sound and style of modern rock music.
The band was formed in 1968 by guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bass player John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. Led Zeppelin’s first album, ‘Led Zeppelin I’, was released in early 1969 and was an instant success. The band’s next two albums, ‘Led Zeppelin II’ and ‘Led Zeppelin III’, were also hugely successful, cementing their reputation as one of the world’s premier rock bands.
Led Zeppelin’s fourth album, ‘Houses of the Holy’, was released in 1973 and was another commercial and critical success. The album ‘Physical Graffiti’, released in 1975, was a double album that featured some of the band’s most popular songs, including ‘Stairway to Heaven’.
Led Zeppelin’s final studio album, ‘In Through the Out Door’, was released in 1979. John Bonham died shortly after its release, and the band decided to disband.
Despite their relatively short career, Led Zeppelin left a lasting legacy and are considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Here are 10 interesting facts about Led Zeppelin:
1. Led Zeppelin’s debut album was recorded in just 36 hours.
2. Jimmy Page wrote the guitar riff for ‘Whole Lotta Love’ in just five minutes.
3. ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is the only song that Led Zeppelin ever released as a single.
4. The working title for ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ was ‘Zoso’, which is an anagram of Jimmy Page’s name.
5. John Bonham was so powerful that he once broke a drumstick by hitting it too hard.
6. Jimmy Page once played a guitar solo with a live chicken on his head.
7. Robert Plant has said that his lyrics for ‘Stairway to Heaven’ were inspired by JRR Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’.
8. Led Zeppelin’s first gig was opening for Vanilla Fudge.
9. Led Zeppelin once appeared on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Johnny Carson dressed as Vikings.
10. Jimmy Page owns the house that Aleister Crowley, the notorious occultist, once lived in.