Led Zepplin: Rock and Roll Gods


 Led Zeppelin was one of the giants of the 1970's in hard rock. 
They were also one of the greatest success stories that ever played 
hard rock music. The group was one the more popular hard rock groups 
that performed in the seventies, and even had some hits in the 1960's. 

 The members of the group are Jimmy Page, born on April 9, 1944, 
Robert Plant, born on August 24, 1948, John Paul Jones, born on 
January 3, 1946, and John Bonham born on May 31, 1948. Jimmy Page 
played guitar, Robert Plant was the vocalist, John Paul Jones played 
bass guitar and the keyboard, and John Bonham beat the drums. The 
group had the complete set up for a band right off the start. They 
produced their first record in thirty hours to complete their deal 
with the old Yardbirds. They toured Scandinavia for awhile also to 
complete their obligations to the Yardbirds.

 When they first came to the United States they supported Vanilla 
Fudge. They also played in clubs to start their American popularity. 
After they played in the clubs they got their first headlining tour 
and toured again that. They were playing their fifth tour by the March 
of 1970. Led Zeppelin the record was released by the Atlantic Records 
in 1969. Shortly after the record was released it was number eight and 
stayed in the top twenty for six weeks. When the Led Zeppelin II was 
released, it was Atlantic Records' fastest selling album at 100,000 
copies a week. They broke their own record in 1975 when "Physical 
Graffiti" that sold 500 copies an hour. All of their albums have gone 

 They were the first group to heavily tour the United States and 
sporadically tour the rest of the world. This occurred because there 
was a lack of interest in them Britain. Their success was due to their 
manager Peter Grant. Peter was able to keep the group moving from 
place to place and kept the people interested in them. Peter thought 
that they would work every other year so they would stay in demand. 
While they were working on their first movie featuring them. This 
movie was of the group playing their music, which was called, "The 
Song Remains Playing." 

 A representative from their record company called and told Page 
that the sales of their new album Houses of the Holy was spectacular. 
The record company told Page that the group, Led Zeppelin, was the 
biggest selling group in the world and was making the most money at 
the time. After Page and Plant heard this they were having a moment of 
triumph because their band was making it big. During this time of 
popularity that the band was going through, there was a feature on 
them in the L.A. Times. They were making music for the adolescence age 
group and they were being looked up at as role models.

 Led Zeppelin's manager Peter Grant was an amazing and brilliant 
person. Their road manager was also a great person for the band to 
have because he promoted them as much as possible. By the summer of 
1975, Led Zeppelin was the most popular band in the world. They were 
filling football stadiums across the United States. They also filled 
the Earl's Court, which held 20,000 people for five days in London. 
It was awesome an show that had an amazing light show, smoke, dry ice, 
and laser beams. The concerts were focused on Jimmy Page and Robert 
Plant because they were the main guys in the group. On stage they were 
opposites and compliments: Plant a golden-ringleted Adonis marvelously 
parodying the sexual superstar while singing in a voice of limitless 
Page was a dark, fragile guitarist of immense versatility and command 
clothed in black velvet and rippling dragons.

 The Presence(1976) and In Though the Out Door(1979) proved to be 
the last Led Zeppelin albums that were produced. John Bonham was found 
dead at the home of Jimmy Page on the 25 of September in 1980. 
(www.http://www.led-zeppelin.com/news.html) After this tragic loss the 
band announced that they could not play any longer. The album entitled 
Coda was an unreleased set of recordings and out takes which was 
released in 1982. In the same year, Robert Plant released his own 
album, which was called, "Pictures at Eleven."

 Even in to the 1990's the music that was produced in the early 
days of Led Zeppelin is still being played and loved. The music that 
they play is very persuasive and as popular as before. Even though 
they broke up ten years ago you would not know they broke because of 
the way that they are played on the radio. Zeppelin was played for 
their fans and followers. For generations of kids, all they needed 
were headphones and a decent copy of Led Zeppelin II to keep them 

 Led Zeppelin had their down times but they also had their good 
times. People have loved Led Zeppelin for years even today's kids seem 
to have picked up the ear for listening to the band. Twenty-two years 
after their formation, the myth still surrounds the group Led 
Zeppelin. Few people other then Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John 
Paul Jones remember what a truly difficult road Led Zeppelin traveled 
in their time. Led Zeppelin in my mind is one of the best bands to 
ever happen to the world.

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