Led Zeppelin were an English rock band, active in the late 1960s and throughout
the 1970s. Formed as the New Yardbirds in 1968, the band consisted of guitarist
Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and
drummer John Bonham. They are widely considered to be one of the most
successful, innovative and influential rock groups in the history of music.
Their first two albums, with their heavy, guitar-driven blues rock sound, led to
Led Zeppelin being regularly cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal and
hard rock, even though the band's individualistic style drew from varied sources
and transcends any single music genre. Their next two albums incorporated wider
musical influences, particularly from folk music; the fourth, untitled album, which
featured the track "Stairway to Heaven", is among the most popular and influential
works in rock music, and it cemented the status of the group as "superstars".