Led Zeppelin

The history of Page, Plant, Jones & Bonham


Led Zeppelin was an English rock group that lasted from 1968-1980 and was made up of guitar player Jimmy Page, drummer John Bonham, bass player, John Paul Jones, and singer Robert Plant. Over that span of 12 years they made 9 albums Led Zeppelin (I, II, III, IV) House of the Holy, Physical Graffiti, Presence, In Through the out Door and Coda. They were one of the most influential bands of all time, some of their well known songs are stairway to heaven, whole lotta love, and rock and roll.

Led Zeppelin - Bring It On Home - Live Royal Albert Hall 1970


Zeppelin was formed by Jimmy Page joining a band called the Yardbirds which is where he met John Paul Jones. Page was still in the Yardbirds but the other members quit and they needed a singer, bassist and a drummer to go along with him and through that they got Robert Plant who suggested to have John Bonham on drums, and Page knew that Paul was looking for a band and let him have the final spot as bassist/organist and that’s how the four met. The first time they played together was when they were finishing a tour that the yardbirds already committed to before they split up. They played a lot of Yardbird songs and a lot of covers, after the tour was over the wanted to continue but the were not allowed to use the name after the tour so they came up with the name Led Zeppelin.


In 1970 Plant and Page went to this old cottage in Bron-Yr-Aur where they made most of Led Zeppelin III and IV. In Zeppelin I and II it was really heavy with the hard hitting drums and all the distortion that went along with Pages riffs, but at this cottage Plant and Page where inspried by their surroundings to make softer music for exsample more acoustic guitar is used in III and IV. This put on a great display of the band's versatility of their musical talents.


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Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page was born January 9th 1944 Henston, Middlesex England,he started playing guitar when he was 12 years old. Some of his biggest role models growing up were BB King, Buddy Guy and Elvis Presely. He was in a couple different bands but the most successful ones were the Yardbirds and Zeppelin.
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Robert Plant

Plant was the lead singer of the group and he was born August 20th, 1948 in West Bromwich, Saffordshire England. He had a solo career after Led Zeppelin from 1980 to today witch started with him making solo albums such as "Pictures at Eleven" and "The Principles of Moments". He got back together with Page from 1944-1998 recording 2 albums and going on tour.
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John paul jones

John Paul Jones birth name was John Baldwin and was the bassist/organist of Led Zeppelin and was born on January 3rd 1946 in Sidcup, Kent, England. John Paul was a very talented muscian playing multiple diffrent instruments such as; bass, organ, guitar, koto, lap steel guitars, mandolin, autoharp, violin, ukulele, sitar, cello, continuum and recorder.
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John Bonham

John Bonham was the drummer to Led Zeppelin and was born May 31st 1948 in Redditch, Worcestershire, England and died September 25th 1980. The reason for Zeppelins split was because of Bonham's death, the band said they were no longer Led Zeppelin without Bonham. John was very talented at the drums and arguably the best drummer of all time. He started to play the drums at age. Before Zeppelin he was working with Plant in a band called "the Band of Joy", and after that Plant invited him into Zeppelin.


Why did the band break up? The band broke up because of John Bonhams death, He died because in 24 hours he drank a 40 of vodka witch is 40 shots in under 24 hours, after that day the bands manager put him to sleep on his side but he rolled over and choked on his own vomit, John Paul Jones found him dead the next morning. After that the band decieded that with out Bonzo there would be no more Zeppelin. They said that there were to many fills and little things that Bonzo did to make Zeppelin as special as they were and they just coundn't teach that to another drummer.


This photo was taken in late 1968 when Zeppelin started out, In their first 4 years they made all of the led zeppelin series. In 1969 they made Led Zeppelin I and II and in 1970 and 71 they made III and IV
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