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Led Zeppelin is widely regarded as one of the most innovative bands in the history of rock and roll, and one of the most influential--especially as predecessors to heavy metal and hard rock. With albums that have sold over 200 million copies tours that broke attendance records, they are also among the most commercially successful rock and roll bands, and are the second best-selling band of all time in the U.S.

Led Zeppelin was formed in 1968 and had the same lineup (Jimmy Page --guitar, Robert Plant - lead vocals, John Paul Jones --bass and organ, and John Bonham --drums) until they disbanded. Led Zeppelin formed as a result of the Yardbirds' dissolution. Jimmy Page, a guitarist for the Yardbirds, was authorized to use the Yardbirds' name to complete the band's remaining tour obligations after their last show in 1968. In gathering a new group to play these Scandinavian tour dates, Page joined with Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. After finishing the tours, the "New Yardbirds" became Led Zeppelin, a name which stemmed from a comment made that a super-group proposed by Plant would go down "like a lead balloon."

Led Zeppelin's manager Peter Grant secured a $200 advance deal for the band, and the band went on a brief U.K. tour followed by a longer U.S. tour during which they recorded their eponymous debut album. Led Zeppelin hit #6 on U.K. charts and #10 on U.S. charts, propelling the band into the success they would continue to build upon. Within the first year, Led Zeppelin had done three U.K. and three U.S. tours, and had released Led Zeppelin II, which hit the #1 spot in both countries. Despite Grant's (and the band's) efforts to prevent singles from being released (they were staunch believers that albums were comprehensive wholes), a "Whole Lotta Love" single leaked out in 1969 and sold over a million copies.

In 1970, Page and Plant sequestered themselves in Bron Yr Aur, a cottage in Wales, to compose Led Zeppelin III, which unlike earlier Led Zeppelin was influenced by folk and Celtic music. The 1970's saw Led Zeppelin playing 4-hour concerts and developing a reputation as a raucous and hedonistic band. Led Zeppelin IV (also called Zoso or "The Runes Album") came out in 1971, and the band recorded Houses of the Holy in 1973. On a tour following Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin broke an attendance record set by the Beatles at Shea Stadium at a show in Florida. In 1975, Led Zeppelin released Physical Graffiti on their own label, Swan Song. In 1976 they took a two-year touring hiatus due to an injury Plant received. Presence was recorded during this hiatus, and their return to touring in 1977 was cut short when Plant's young son died. Led Zeppelin continued touring until Bonham's death in 1980.

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