Alright so we will see if Mayor Daley keeps his word and keeps Chicago running, because I have a trivia championship to win tonight!!! The final round is Led Zeppelin, so here is pretty much everything you need to know about Led Zeppelin.
The Things I Think We Need To Know
Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in 1968 that consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones.
Led Zeppelin did not release songs from their albums as singles in the United Kingdom, as they preferred to develop the concept of “album-oriented rock.”
The band have sold over 300 million albums worldwide, including 111.5 million certified units in the United States
Led Zeppelin is the second best selling band of all time in the United States, only behind The Beatles.
They have had all of their original studio albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard album chart in the US, with six reaching the number one spot.
Where did the name Led Zeppelin come from?
The band was called The New Yardbirds before Dreja sent a cease and desist letter.
One account of the band’s naming has it that Keith Moon and John Entwistle, drummer and bassist for The Who, respectively, suggested that a possible supergroup containing themselves, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck would go down like a “lead zeppelin”, a term Entwistle used to describe a bad gig.
Led Zeppelin IV is one of the best-selling albums in history and its massive popularity cemented Led Zeppelin’s superstardom in the 1970s. To date it has sold 23 million copies in the United States.
The Formation of Led Zeppelin
- From the Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin
In 1966, Jimmy Page joined the blues-influenced rock band The Yardbirds to replace bassist Paul Samwell-Smith.
Shortly after, Page switched from bass to lead guitar, creating a dual lead-guitar lineup with Jeff Beck.
They were still committed to performing several concerts in Scandinavia, so drummer Jim McCarty and vocalist Keith Relf authorized Page and bassist Chris Dreja to use the Yardbirds name to fulfill the band’s obligations. Page and Dreja began putting a new line-up together. Page’s first choice for lead singer, Terry Reid, declined the offer, but suggested Robert Plant, a Stourbridge singer of the Band of Joy.
Plant eventually accepted the position, recommending a drummer, John Bonham from nearby Redditch.
When Dreja dropped out of the project to become a photographer (he would later take the photograph that appeared on the back of Led Zeppelin’s debut album), John Paul Jones, at the suggestion of his wife, contacted Page about the vacant position.
Atlantic was a label known for a catalogue of blues, soul and jazz artists, but in the late 1960s it began to take an interest in progressive British rock acts, and signed Led Zeppelin without having ever seen them, largely on the recommendation of singer Dusty Springfield.
Led Zeppelin in commercials - 1. “Kashmir” Verizon V-Cast (2008) 2. Rock and Roll Cadillac (2007-09)
The group played together for the first time in a room below a record store on Gerrard Street in London
Led Zeppelin’s entire catalogue made the Billboard Top 200 between the weeks of 27 October and 3 November 1979.
Led Zeppelin were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995
9 albums total
The Tricky Ones
Page wanted to form a supergroup with himself and Beck on guitars, and The Who’s rhythm section—drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle. Vocalists Steve Winwood and Steve Marriott were also considered for the project.
The group never formed, although Page, Beck and Moon did record a song together in 1966, “Beck’s Bolero”, which is featured on Beck’s 1968 album, Truth.
The Yardbirds played their final gig in July 1968 at Luton Technical College in Bedfordshire, England.
When Dreja dropped out of the project to become a photographer (he would later take the photograph that appeared on the back of Led Zeppelin’s debut album), John Paul Jones, at the suggestion of his wife, contacted Page about the vacant position.[19}
In 2007, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunited (along with John Bonham’s son, Jason) for the Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert at The O2 Arena in London.
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Page suggested that they try playing “Train Kept A-Rollin’”, a rockabilly song popularized by Johnny Burnette that had been given new life by the Yardbirds.
The album’s song “Jim’s Blues” was the first studio track to feature all four members of the future Led Zeppelin.
Formed their own company, Superhype
The record label’s logo, based on a drawing called Evening: Fall of Day (1869) by William Rimmer, features a picture of Icarus. The logo can be found on much Led Zeppelin memorabilia, especially t-shirts.
Countess Eva von Zeppelin (granddaughter of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the creator of the Zeppelin airships) objected to the band’s use of her family name and attempted to stop a March 1969 television appearance in Copenhagen. When the band returned to Copenhagen for a concert in February 1970, they were billed as “The Nobs” as the result of a threat of legal action from von Zeppelin. She is reported to have said: “They may be world famous, but a couple of shrieking monkeys are not going to use a privileged family name without permission.”
For the composition of their third album, Led Zeppelin III, Page and Plant retired to Bron-Yr-Aur, a remote cottage in Wales, in 1970. The result was a more acoustic sound (including one entirely acoustic song, “Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp”, misspelt as “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” on the album cover),
Led Zeppelin began traveling in a private jet airliner (nicknamed The Starship),
Led Zeppelin rented out entire sections of hotels (including the Continental Hyatt House in Los Angeles, known colloquially as the “Riot House”), and became the subject of many of rock’s most repeated stories of debauchery. One escapade involved John Bonham riding a motorcycle through a rented floor of the Riot House, while another involved the destruction of a room in the Tokyo Hilton, leading to the band being banned from that establishment for life.
The orange album cover of Houses of the Holy depicts images of nude children climbing up the Giant’s Causeway (in County Antrim, Northern Ireland). Although the children are not depicted from the front, this was controversial at the time of the album’s release, and in some areas, such as the “Bible Belt” and Spain, the record was banned
John Bonham’s death
On 24 September 1980, Bonham was picked up by Led Zeppelin assistant Rex King to attend rehearsals at Bray Studios for the upcoming North American tour, the band’s first since 1977, scheduled to commence on 17 October. During the journey Bonham had asked to stop for breakfast, where he downed four quadruple vodkas (450 ml), with a ham roll. After taking a bite of the ham roll he said to his assistant, “Breakfast”. He continued to drink heavily when he arrived at the studio. A halt was called to the rehearsals late in the evening and the band retired to Page’s house—The Old Mill House in Clewer, Windsor. After midnight, Bonham had fallen asleep and was taken to bed and placed on his side. At 1:45 pm the next day Benji LeFevre (who had replaced Richard Cole as Led Zeppelin’s tour manager) and John Paul Jones found him dead. The cause of death was asphyxiation from vomit, and a verdict of accidental death was returned at an inquest held on 27 October. An autopsy found no other drugs in Bonham’s body. Bonham was cremated on 10 October 1980, and his ashes buried at Rushock parish church in Droitwich, Worcestershire, England.
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