The English rock band Led Zeppelin was active from 1968 to 1980, during which time they recorded eight studio albums.
Led Zeppelin formed after the disbandment of The Yardbirds. Guitarist Jimmy Page had joined The Yardbirds in their final days and played a crucial role on their last album. In 1967, while The Yardbirds were inactive, Page returned to session work. During this time, he collaborated with John Paul Jones on Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man." Jones expressed his interest in joining any future project Page would develop. With the departure of Keith Relf and Jim McCarty from The Yardbirds in 1968, Page and bassist Chris Dreja took ownership of the band name and had an upcoming tour to fulfill. Page sought out a new vocalist and drummer, initially considering Terry Reid and B.J. Wilson but ultimately connecting with Robert Plant through Reid's suggestion.
In recognition of their influential contributions to rock music, Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame as performers in 1995.