By Jefferson Ye
How did this group change Rock and Roll?
What components of this group made them so appealing in the 1970s?
Roots of Rock and Roll
Why are they still popular today?
The Yardbirds break up, guitarist Jimmy Page forms the New Yardbirds and changes the group’s name to Led Zeppelin, allegedly on the advice of the Who’s Keith Moon. Led Zeppelin performs its first show, at Surrey University in England.
The hotly anticipated, self-titled debut album by Led Zeppelin enters the album charts, ultimately reaching #10. ‘Led Zeppelin II’ tops the U.S. album charts for the first of seven weeks; it will reach #1 in the U.K. in February 1970.
The more folk-oriented ‘Led Zeppelin III’ becomes the band’s second #1 album.
‘Physical Graffiti,’ a double album by Led Zeppelin, reaches #1 in its second week of release. It stays there for six weeks. Led Zeppelin becomes the first band in history to have 6 albums on the chart at once.
Led Zeppelin releases a statement announcing that it is disbanding in the wake of drummer John Bonham’s death.