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This post is from my first blog. This past blog has only two post, but I like them both. This one is about one of my favorite bands that I even idolize.It’s a very interesting and controversial story about the naming of Led Zeppelin.
The Naming of the Rock Gods
which would later be named after the exclusive magical aircraft, which will fly them to the glorious land of blues-rock music.
After the final separation of The Yardbirds in the summer of ’68,Page and Chris Dreja (bassist ofThe Yardbirds) were left with the rights to the name “The Yardbirds”, british blues-rock band which had had the happiness to enter in it’s lines of musical history the names of great guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.
In mid-September ’68, the new group of Page was setting off to the Scandinavian tour, originally engaged for The Yardbirds, but with the name The New Yardbirds. When they returned, Chris Dreja told them that they can’t use the name anymore, because it was only for the tour. And here comes the story of the naming of the music gods …
There are two versions of the exact source of the idea, but even after numerous interviews memories could not be 100% sure, because as it’s said, if you remember the ’60s, you were not really there.
While having a drink during one of the countless, soaked with wise thoughts days of the musical idols of the time, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon (drummer of The Who) and John Entwistle (bassist of The Who) were discussing the bright future. The idea to form a super group popped up and Moon exclaimed that this project will go down like a lead balloon. This is an american slang derived from short-lived comic strip during the 20s of the last century, and embodies the sense of total failure in something. Subsequently, the expression gained even more depth after the unfortunate crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin in which 36 people died.
The little dispute that arises in this story is a the resentment of Entlwistle that not Moon, but he invented the name during a conversation with the manager of the group back then- Richard Cole, sharing his irritation with The Who. He had the idea to leave the band to form his own with this same name. But if this is true, hardly anyone could tell, except the smoke mist, the alcohol or the grupies accompanying the rock gods in those turbulent and glorious decades. The literal expression is lead zeppelin, but the group decided to remove the “a” in order to avoid the wrong pronunciation of the americans and lose the meaning of the phrase.
In the end, as Jimmy Page said in one of his interviews, this is not the most important thing, it’s the music, the magic with which they want to reach out and touch the audience, to soak their souls with their glorious sound and to bring them into their world.
For the phenomenal 30hrs. studio time, the band recorded their first album and it was released in January 1969 and on the cover was a picture of the enormous Hindenburg zeppelin smashing in the ground.
Later on, during one of their studio hours , like a hurricane flew an angry woman saying that she was holding the rights to the name Zeppelin. Her name was Eva fon Zeppelin, her father was the inventor of the Zeppelin aircraft
and she didn’t want it to be polluted with their dissoluted devil music. While they were settling this problem, the group members were forced to appear at one of their concerts asThe Nobs, english slang for the male testicles. The problem was solved and for the aristocrat remained the slang name to satisfy herself with and the group continued towards the olympic peak of their musical achievements with the nameLED ZEPPELIN.
Here is a link to the original place of the post from my past blog: http://tusitalka.blog.com/2011/11/09/the-naming-of-the-rock-gods/