Zeppelin Launches ‘Led Zeppelin History’ YouTube Series

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On YouTube  now is History Of Led Zeppelin Episode 1, the first in a series of short stories celebrating what happened 50 years ago, when the band entered Olympic Studios to record their debut album. Watch below.

Led Zeppelin formed in 1968 and went on to become one of the most influential, innovative, and successful groups in modern music, having sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. The band rose from the ashes of The Yardbirds,

when Jimmy Page brought in John Bonham, John Paul Jones, and Robert Plant to tour as The New Yardbirds. In 1969, Led Zeppelin released its self-titled debut which was produced by Page, as were all the subsequent albums. It marked the beginning of a 12-year reign, during which the group was widely considered to be the biggest and most innovative rock band in the world.

At that times Robert Plant wasn’t meant to be the Led Zeppelin singer.
Terry Reid was actually one of Page’s first choices to front the band, instead Plant, which was called the New Yardbirds. Also recalls  Led Zeppelin’s private jet, the Starship,

About Robert Plant – Reid had already signed with high-profile producer Mickie Most, who’d gone ahead and attached Reid’s career-long nickname of Superlungs to the gifted singer.

Therefore, the sweet-voiced rock prodigy had little choice but tourn down Page’s offer — instead suggesting the guitarist take a look at West Bromwich’s new “Greek god” on the music scene.That would be Plant. Page did just that and obviously liked what he saw. When joining The New Yardbirds, Plant brought along his buddy John Bonham to play the drums, and the rest is rock ‘n’ roll history.

Led Zeppelin, near Starship JFK airport. Foto by Bob Gruen July 1973 01

 Nowdays  Terry Reid Band is playing Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in Soho. How different might the history of rock music have been if, 45 years ago, Reid had accepted the offer of becoming lead singer in the New Yardbirds, later renamed Led Zeppelin?

 

In 1968, the then 19-year-old Reid was one of the first names approached by Jimmy Page. His sweet, shimmery voice, whose strength contains an intriguing delicacy, had made him a force to be reckoned with from the age of 16. As a vocalist and guitarist he joined a band called Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers, and was praised by Aretha Franklin, no less.(SOURCE THE TELEGRAPH)

Then, at around the time of Page’s offer, he was signed by the powerful producer Mickie Most, who gave him the soubriquet of “Superlungs”. So, Terry Reid turned down Led Zeppelin, and instead suggested that Page check out a prodigious young hippie from West Bromwich, whom he described as looking “like a Greek god”. With Robert Plant came his friend John Bonham, and there you have it: rock history.

 

 

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