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OTD in Zeppelin History - Odd Hall of Fame Induction, Release Date of Led Zep I

January 12 is a significant day in Led Zeppelin history.  On this date in '69 they released their debut album Led Zeppelin I in the US. They were also inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame by Steven Tyler & Joe Perry on this date in 1995. John Paul Jones delivered quite the memorable speech. Check it out the speech & get the backstory on their first album. 

Award acceptance speeches are generally rather boring. Led Zeppelin's Rock N Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech was anything but that.  Robert Plant was funny and self depricating, Jimmy Page seemed totally stoned and John Paul Jones took a shot at his bandmates.

 

Led Zeppelin accept award Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions 1995

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HOW THE BAND FORMED
In 1968, although Jimmy Page's band The Yardbirds had broken up, as the band's lone remaining member, he had to fulfill some contractual obligations to their record label. He recruited John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and John Bonham to join him in playing some concerts in Scandinavia under the name 'The New Yardbirds'.

They played a few Yardbird tunes as well as some songs they had been working on together 'Communication Breakdown', 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You', 'I Can't Quit You Baby', 'How Many More Times', and  'You Shook Me' (Willie Dixon cover).

Shortly thereafter they changed the name of their group to Led Zeppelin and began recording some of those songs at London's Olympic Studio.

HOW TO RECORD A LANDMARK ALBUM IN 36 HOURS OR LESS - PRACTICE!
As a result of the band rehearsing many of the songs on their Scandanavia tour it only took 36 hours of studio time to record the album.  One of the other reasons it was recorded so quickly may have also been that Page and band manager, Peter Grant paid for the recording sessions themselves. The band didn't have a record label to assist them at the time.
In an interview about the album Page mentioned, "I wanted artistic control in a vise grip, because I knew exactly what I wanted to do with these fellows. In fact, I financed and completely recorded the first album before going to Atlantic ... It wasn't your typical story where you get an advance to make an album – we arrived at Atlantic with tapes in hand ... Atlantic's reaction was very positive – I mean they signed us, didn't they?"

THE FRONT COVER AND THE ORIGIN OF THEIR NAME
Jimmy Page decided on the image they used for the front cover of the album.  He thought it went well with the band's name.  The origin of the band's name was the result of a conversation Page and Jeff Beck had with The Who's John Entwistle and Keith Moon. They were all talking about forming a band together and Moon laughed, "It would probably go over like a lead balloon" and Entwistle exclaimed, "a lead zeppelin!" .

ROLLING STONE'S REVIEW IGNITES THE BAND'S DISTRUST OF THE PRESS
The band was very happy with the album and some of the favorable reviews they received in the British press.  Then they read Rolling Stone's review and felt betrayed by the media.  As a result they avoided the media and interviews as much as possible for many years.  Read the Rolling Stone review.