Led Zeppelin are one of the most popular rock bands of all time. They are considered one of the procreators of heavy metal and hard rock and are also credited for shaping up the music industry at that time. They are attributed to the development of stadium rock and album-oriented rock (AOR) as well.
Rise To Fame
Being one of the best-selling bands, Led Zepellin churned out a number of hit albums in a span of 12 years. Back in 1968, the group was formed by 4 talented artists, Jimmy Page (guitarist), Robert Plant (vocalist), John Bonham (drummer), and John Paul Jones (bassist/keyboardist). They originally named the band “New Yardbirds” but later got popular by their first album’s name “Led Zepellin”.
They released their debut album in 1969 which became a top-ten lister in many countries. It features tracks like “Communication Breakdown”, “Dazed and Confused”, and “Good Times Bad Times” which gained a cult following and are still heard in various circles.
In the same year, they released “Led Zepellin II” which garnered an overwhelming response and became a sensational hit. The band released the third instalment that featured the “Immigrant Song” in the year 1970. The 4th edition, launched in 1971 sold 37million copies worldwide and rose to be one of the best-selling albums in the history of music.
Notable Achievements of Led Zepellin:-
The total sales of all their music albums make up around 200 to 300 million.
On US Billboard 200, the band achieved six number one albums.
On UK number-one albums, the band achieved top position 8 times consecutively.
Five of their albums received RIAA diamond certification.
The band was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 1995 and was termed as influential during the 1970s as the Beatles were during the 1960s.
Rolling stone magazine entitles the band as “unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history”, “the heaviest band of all time”, and “the biggest band of the seventies”.
Touring & Disbanding
Although Led Zeppelin produced music in the rock and metal genre, their songs were influenced by folk and blues. Impressed by their style of music, the Atlantic Records company teamed up with the band through an advance contract that was valued at $143,000 ($1,064,000 today).
Back in the day, it was the biggest deal of this kind and the company gave them considerable artistic freedom to create experimental music too. From the beginning, Led Zeppelin recorded their albums while doing live concerts. However, it is the second of their career that had spates of record-breaking tours.
During this time, the band also became infamous for intoxication and debauchery. In the concluding years, the touring and output shrunk and the group disbanded after the death of John Bonham in 1980. The band did its first tour as “New Yardbirds” in the UK on 4 October 1968. After just a few days on 25 October, they did their first show as Led Zeppelin. They rechristened the bank following a cease and desist letter.
The band wasn’t allowed to use their original name in the music albums, it was reserved only for their Scandinavian tour. Post disbanding, the group members came together occasionally for a few events. The Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert was the most successful of them in the year 2007.