Epic Rock band Led Zeppelin finally split 4 December 1980 following the tragic death of their drummer John Bonham. Led Zeppelin are widely considered to be one of the most successful, innovative and influential rock groups in the history of music and were formed in 1968 after former Yardbirds Guitarist Jimmy Page recruited vocalist Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham, and John Paul Jones. The name Led Zeppelin stemmed from an old joke by Keith Moon and John Entwistle, of “The Who”, and Page stuck with that name to use for his new band. The name was subsequently changed to “Led Zeppelin”, to avoid a mispronunciation of “Leed Zeppelin.”Jimmy Page had a very specific idea in mind as to what he wanted Led Zeppelin to be, and wanted to add acoustic textures. Zeppelin’s sound became a marriage of blues, hard rock and acoustic music topped with heavy choruses – a combination that had never been done back in the 1960′s.
Led Zeppelin released relatively few singles, preferring their albums to be viewed as indivisible, whole listening experiences, helping to promote the concept of album-orientated rock. Their first two albums, Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II with their heavy, guitar-driven blues rock sound, led to Led Zeppelin being regularly cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock, even though the band’s individualistic style drew from varied sources and transcends any single music genre. Their next two albums Led Zeppelin III AND Led Zeppelin IV incorporated wider musical influences, particularly from folk music; the tracks “Stairway to Heaven“, and “Kashmir” are among the most popular and influential works in rock music, and cemented the status of the group as “superstars”. Led Zeppelin’s sound has since become a prototype for countless rock bands ever since, and was one of the major driving forces behind the rock sound of the 1970′s.
Sadly though drummer John Bonham tragically died in 1980 and Following the death guitarist Jimmy Page refused to touch a guitar out of sadness for the loss of his friend Bonham. Singer Robert plant went on to have a successful solo career releasing a number of albums such as Now and Zen, Mighty Rearranger, Raising Sand, Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar and Band of Joy. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant have also reunited a number of times and the remaining members of Led Zeppelin plus Jason Bonham (John’s Son) also reunited for the a Awesome concert Celebration Day.