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Led Zeppelin (photo by Soren Solkaer Starbird)

Led Zeppelin

John Paul Jones(Rock bassist and keyboardist, composer and producer; born January 3, 1946, in Sidcup, Kent, England)Jimmy Page(Rock guitarist, composer and producer; born January 9, 1944, in Heston, Middlesex, England)Robert Plant(Rock singer, composer and producer; born August 20, 1948, in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England)It took a whole lotta love for Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant to help create a new sound in rock and roll, but that is what they did, spectacularly. With John Bonham who passed away in 1980, they combined the unlikely virtues of high-energy rock and roll with the sweetness of British folk music, American blues, and English skiffle, heavyweight guitar riffs. They sang from the soul with superhuman, primal passion and their sound carried something new. "I can't put a tag to our music," Page has said. "I wanted Zeppelin to be a marriage of blues, hard rock and acoustic music, topped with heavy choruses--a combination that had never been done before.

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Kennedy Center Honors Highlights 2012

Makarova, and rock band Led Zeppelin--are recognized for their contributions to the arts.