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Led Zeppelin

rock group

Although critics panned them as “derivative,” Led Zeppelin became one of the most successful rock bands during the 1970s. Known as one of the best live-performance bands (they regularly sold out 20,000-seat arenas; a pair of 50,000-seat shows in Tampa in 1973 broke the record for the largest paying audience to see a single band, which was formerly held by The Beatles for the legendary 1965 Shea stadium concert ). “Led Zep” are also known for their rock anthem “Stairway to Heaven,” as well as the singles “Fool in the Rain,” “Whole Lotta Love” (their best-selling single), “D'yer Maker”, and “Dazed and Confused.” The band was set to tour in support of its 1980 release, In Through the Out Door, but with the sudden death of drummer John Bonham in September of that year, the band broke up instead. The band has played reunion concerts intermittently (once with Bonham's son Jason playing drums), including at its induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

Robert Plant

lead vocalist
Born: 8/20/1948
Birthplace: West Bromwich, Birmingham, England

Since Zeppelin, Plant has had success on his own and as a member of the Honeydrippers (which was famous for the remake of “Come with Me”.). In addition, he and Page have teamed up to make music.

Jimmy Page

lead and rhythm guitar
Born: 1/9/1944
Birthplace: Middlesex, England

Page formed The Firm with former Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers in 1984, scoring with the song “Radioactive”. He also formed a brief partnership with David Coverdale (Coverdale/Page), which lasted only a short while. He and Plant have also teamed up again to make music.

John Bonham

drummer
Born: 5/31/1948
Birthplace: Redditch, Worcestershire, England
Died: 9/25/1980

John Paul Jones

(John Baldwin)
bassist
Born: 1/3/1946
Birthplace: Sidcup, England

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