Jimmy Page was a studio session guitarist before joining the U.K. rock band The Yardbirds in 1965. In late 1968 Page joined Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones to form Led Zeppelin
. Their 1969 debut album was a successful blend of heavy rock and blues, and their second album soared to the top of the charts on the strength of the hit "Whole Lotta Love." Throughout the 1970s they were rock's most successful act, and Page became a "guitar god," famous for his obsession with the occult as much as for his heavy riffs. After the death of drummer Bonham in 1980, Led Zeppelin disbanded and Page went on to perform and record sporadically. In the late 1990s Page made something of a comeback, performing with old bandmate Plant, rapper Sean "Puffy" Combs
and rock band The Black Crowes.