Led Zeppelin formed from the ashes of The Yardbirds in 1968, in their home country of England. The group consists of singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. Although they have been classified as metal, Zeppelin incorporates several genres of music into their style including blues and folk.
They were immediately signed to Atlantic Records and in 1969, their self-titled debut came out. They were praised for their music and made an impact in America quickly. When they released their follow-up, Led Zeppelin II, later that year, it eventually would land at number one in both American and Britain.
Keeping to the theme of naming their albums after themselves, they dropped Led Zeppelin III in 1970 and that featured a different side of the group, mostly showcasing their acoustic and blues side. A year later, Led Zeppelin IV came out and the album contained what would be Zeppelin's most famous songs: "Rock and Roll," "When the Levee Breaks" and rock classic, "Stairway to Heaven." They would release Houses of the Holy through Atlantic before launching their own imprint, Swan Song, in 1974 (which would be distributed through Atlantic). They would release later albums through that label.
Unfortunately, tragedy would cripple the band. Although Led Zeppelin frequently used drugs, John Bonham would die on September 25th, 1980 when he choked on his own vomit due to excessive drinking.
Shortly after Bonham's death, Led Zeppelin disbanded and issued a statement saying they could no longer continue without Bonham, their irreplaceable drummer. The last effort the group released was a series of outtakes dubbed Coda in 1982. Led Zeppelin box sets would later be released, but the group would stay true to their word by remaining disbanded.
The music Led Zeppelin produced is legendary. Not only were they able to crank out albums quickly, but the songs they churned out were amazing. One minute, Zeppelin could get a listener's adrenaline pumping and the next, they could keep someone relaxed with their soothing style. In fact, it's because of that and their dedication which has made Zeppelin one of the most appreciated bands ever to perform on stage. They've been around for ever and they've inspired so many people to just pick up a guitar and give it shot!