Led Zeppelin

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This pivotal heavy rock quartet was formed in September 1968 by British guitarist Jimmy Page (James Patrick Page, 9 January 1944, Heston, Middlesex, England) following the demise of his former band, the Yardbirds. John Paul Jones (b. John Baldwin, 3 January 1946, Sidcup, Kent, England; bass/keyboards), a respected arranger and session musician, replaced original member Chris Dreja, but hopes to incorporate vocalist Terry Reid floundered on a contractual impasse. The singer unselfishly recommended Robert Plant (b. 20 August 1948, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England), then frontman of struggling Midlands act Hobstweedle, who in turn introduced drummer John Bonham (b. 31 May 1948, Redditch, Worcestershire, England, d. 25 September 1980, Clewer, Windsor, Berkshire, England), when first choice B.J. Wilson opted to remain with Procol Harum. The quartet gelled immediately and having completed outstanding commitments under the name ‘New Yardbirds’, became Led...

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