Led Zeppelin in History

Events in Music

  • 1968-12-26 Led Zeppelin's concert debut in Denver as opener for Vanilla Fudge
  • 1969-01-12 Atlantic Records releases eponymous debut album of Led Zeppelin in US

Music History

1969-07-04 140,000 attend 2-day Atlanta Pop Festival in Byron, Georgia; performers include: Janis Joplin; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Chicago; Led Zeppelin; Delaney and Bonnie; Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat; Joe Cocker; Chuck Berry; Spirit; and Johnny Winter

Music History

1969-07-25 70,000 attend Seattle Pop Festival (across 3 days); performers included: Bo Diddley, Flying Burrito Brothers, Ten Years After, Guess Who, Santana, Tim Buckley, Byrds, Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Chicago Transit Authority, Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors

  • 1969-08-30 3-day Texas International Pop Festival opens in Lewisville, Texas - 125,000 attend, ; performers include: Chicago Transit Authority; Delaney and Bonnie and Friends; Grand Funk Railroad; Janis Joplin; B.B. King; Led Zeppelin; Nazz; Sam and Dave; Sly and the Family Stone; and Johnny Winter
  • 1970-06-17 British rock band Led Zeppelin begin their last European tour

Music Premiere

1971-03-05 "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones

  • 1973-07-29 Led Zeppelin has more than $200,000 in cash stolen from a safety-deposit box at the New York Hilton hotel
  • 1975-01-06 A thousand Led Zeppelin fans, waiting overnight inside the lobby of the Boston Garden for tickets to the group's February 4th gig to go on sale, cause a riot and an estimated $30,000 damage
  • 1975-01-07 Led Zeppelin fans riot before Boston concert causing $30,000 damage
  • 1975-08-04 Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is seriously hurt in a car crash in Rhodes, Greece
  • 1979-08-11 British rock band Led Zeppelin performs for what becomes the final time in England at Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire, before over 200,000 fans

Music History

1980-12-04 Two months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin announces they will disband

  • 1995-01-12 10th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Allman Brothers Band; Al Green; Janis Joplin; Led Zeppelin; Martha and the Vandellas; Neil Young; Frank Zappa; The Orioles; Paul Ackerman
  • 2016-06-23 Los Angeles court decision clears Led Zeppelin of stealing riff from "Stairway to Heaven" from band Spirit

Music History

2018-09-07 Eminem breaks 36-year UK chart record for consecutive No. 1 albums, jointly held by Abba and Led Zeppelin, with "Kamikaze"


Birthdays in Music

  • 1917-01-10 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1935-04-05 Peter Grant, English rock band manager (Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin), born in South Norwood, England (d. 1995)
  • 1942-04-19 Edwin "Eddie" Kramer, South African-British recording engineer, producer and photographer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Beatles), born in Cape Town, South Africa

Jimmy PageJimmy Page (78 years old)

1944-01-09 English rock guitarist (Led Zeppelin - "Stairway to Heaven"), born in London, England

  • 1944-02-28 Storm Thorgerson, British graphic designer for album art, and music video director (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, The Cranberries), born in Potters Bar, Middlesex (d. 2013)
  • 1946-01-02 Richard Cole, American tour manager (Led Zeppelin)

John Paul JonesJohn Paul Jones (76 years old)

1946-01-03 English rock bassist and songwriter (Led Zeppelin - "Stairway to Heaven"), born in London

  • 1946-09-23 Aubrey "Po" Powell, British co-founder of album cover design company "Hipgnosis" (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Yes), born in Sussex, England

John BonhamJohn Bonham (1948-1980)

1948-05-31 English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin - "Whole Lotta Love"), born in Redditch, England

Robert PlantRobert Plant (74 years old)

1948-08-20 British rock vocalist (Led Zeppelin - "Stairway To Heaven"), born in West Bromwich, England

  • 1950-05-20 Andy Johns, British sound engineer (Rolling Stones; Led Zeppelin), and record producer (Free; Humble Pie; L.A. Guns), born in Epsom, Surrey, England (d. 2013)
  • 1960-06-29 "The Caveman" Kevin Shirley, South African music producer and mixer (Journey, Iron Maiden, Europe, Led Zeppelin), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Weddings in Music

Robert Plant

1968-11-09 British "Led Zeppelin" singer Robert Plant (19) weds British student Maureen Wilson (19) in West Bromwich, England; divorce in 1983

Deaths in Music

  • 1977-07-26 Karac Plant, son of Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, dies of respiratory failure at 6

John BonhamJohn Bonham (1948-1980)

1980-09-25 English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin - "Whole Lotta Love"), dies from asphyxiation after heavy alcohol intake at 32

  • 1995-11-21 Peter Grant, English rock band manager (Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 2008-08-15 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), dies from congestive heart failure at 91
  • 2013-04-18 Storm Thorgerson, British graphic designer & music video director (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, The Cranberries), dies of cancer at 69