His father was an architect who worked for Rolls Royce vehicle design, and later in aircraft assembly during World War II. At age fifteen he quit school and with his first job working at a dairy factory in Actonearned enough money to purchase a drumkit, to which he practiced along to Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa records. The low wages forced Cole to take up an apprenticeship in sheet-metal working whilst also working as a scaffolder on construction sites.
Formation[ edit ] The band's logotype, used since InLondon-based session guitarist Jimmy Page joined the blues-influenced rock band the Yardbirds to replace bassist Paul Samwell-Smith.
Page soon switched from bass to lead guitar, creating a dual lead guitar line-up with Jeff Beck. Following Beck's departure in Octoberthe Yardbirds, tired from constant touring and recording, began to wind down.
Page and Dreja began putting a new line-up together. Page's first choice for the lead singer was Terry Reidbut Reid declined the offer and suggested Robert Planta singer for the Band of Joy and Hobbstweedle.
We locked together as a team immediately". Proby album, Three Week Hero. The album's track "Jim's Blues", with Plant on harmonica, was the first studio track to feature all four future members of Led Zeppelin.
The album was recorded and mixed in nine days, and Page covered the costs. Record executives signed Led Zeppelin without having ever seen them. They would also decide how to promote each release and which tracks to release as singles.
They formed their own company, Superhype, to handle all publishing rights. Recorded mostly on the road at various North American studios, it was an even greater commercial success than their first album, and reached the number one chart position in the US and the UK.
Grant maintained an aggressive pro-album stance, particularly in the UK, where there were few radio and TV outlets for rock music. Without the band's consent, however, some songs were released as singles, particularly in the US. It reached number four in the Billboard chart in Januaryselling over one million copies and helping to cement the band's popularity.
They played initially in clubs and ballrooms, and then in larger auditoriums as their popularity grew. Many of these shows have been preserved as bootleg recordings. It was during this period of intensive concert touring that the band developed a reputation for off-stage excess.
The album's rich acoustic sound initially received mixed reactions, with critics and fans surprised at the turn from the primarily electric arrangements of the first two albums, further fuelling the band's hostility to the musical press.
Led Zeppelin changed their show by using things such as lasers, professional light shows and mirror balls. One involved John Bonham riding a motorcycle through a rented floor of the Riot House,  while another involved the destruction of a room in the Tokyo Hiltonleading to the group being banned from that establishment for life.
According to music journalist Chris Welch"[Led Zeppelin's] travels spawned many stories, but it was a myth that [they] were constantly engaged in acts of wanton destruction and lewd behaviour". In response to the treatment they had received from critics, particularly after Led Zeppelin III, the band decided to release the fourth album with no title, though it is variously referred to as Led Zeppelin IV, Untitled, IV, or, due to the four symbols appearing on the record label, as Four Symbols, Zoso or Runes.
Plant and Page perform acoustically in Hamburg in Marchjust before the release of the band's fifth album, Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin's next album, Houses of the Holywas released in March It featured further experimentation by the band, who expanded their use of synthesisers and mellotron orchestration.
The predominantly orange album cover, designed by the London-based design group Hipgnosisdepicts images of nude children climbing the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. Although the children are not shown from the front, the cover was controversial at the time of the album's release.
As with the band's fourth album, neither their name nor the album title was printed on the sleeve. The record label's logo, based on a drawing called Evening: Fall of Day by William Rimmerfeatures a picture of Apollo.
In addition to using Swan Song as a vehicle to promote their own albums, the band expanded the label's roster, signing artists such as Bad Companythe Pretty Things and Maggie Bell. It consisted of fifteen songs, of which eight had been recorded at Headley Grange in and seven had been recorded earlier.
Shortly after the release of Physical Graffiti, all previous Led Zeppelin albums simultaneously re-entered the top album chart,  and the band embarked on another North American tour now employing sophisticated sound and lighting systems.Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the World's Greatest Rock Band [Barney Hoskyns] on kaja-net.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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Find Led Zeppelin biography and history on AllMusic - What the Quite a feat for a band whose origins lie in the ashes of the pioneering British rock band the Yardbirds In August of , Led Zeppelin played two large concerts at Knebworth; the shows were their first English performances in four years and would be their last.
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