Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin

The band was originally formed in 1968 by guitarist Jimmy Page under the name "the New Yardbirds" in order to fulfil some performance commitments booked before the break up of the original Yardbirds. Robert Plant was the singer. After those concerts the band's name was changed to Led Zeppelin after Keith Moon, drummer with The Who, suggested they would "go over like a lead balloon". The name "Led Zeppelin" is derived from that comment, only with the word "lead" misspelled on purpose in order to avoid the confusion of American English, fearing that it might be conceived of as the "lead zeppelin" (as in "lead singer"), as opposed to a zeppelin constructed of the metal lead. They turned out to be one of the most popular and influential rock bands of the 1970s.

Shortly after their first tour the group's first eponymous album was released. Its combination of blues and rock influences with distorted amplification made it one of the pivotal records in the evolution of heavy metal music and kick-started the band's career, especially in the United States, where they would frequently tour and where their album sales totals are second only to The Beatles. The second record, simply titled Led Zeppelin II followed in the same style, and included the bludgeoning riff of "Whole Lotta Love", which, driven by the rhythm section of John Bonham on drums and John Paul Jones on bass, defined their sound at the time.

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were blues fanatics; two of Led Zeppelin's e...