20 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Early Led Zeppelin

6) John Paul Jones was responsible for the string arrangement on the Rolling Stones’ ‘She’s a Rainbow’ but came away unimpressed, saying about the band, “I just thought they were unprofessional and boring.”

7) Jimmy Page first approached singer Terry Reid, not Robert Plant, about fronting Led Zeppelin, who were still known as the New Yardbirds at the time. But Graham Nash had already talked manager Mickie Most into signing Reid as a solo act. It was Reid who actually ended up recommending Plant for the gig.


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  1. 2. John Baldwin was not a stage name. It was JPJ’s birth name.
    13. Jimmy Page did not know Robert Plant and John Bonham from the Band of Joy. He’d never heard of them. Terry Reid recommended that Page check out Plant with his band at the time, Hobbstweedle. Robert Plant then recommended John Bonham to him.
    17. The cadence was from Little Richard’s Keep a Knockin’, not Good Golly Miss Molly.

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