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Eric Clapton is a living legend, no doubt about it. He is an extremely versatile guitarist and has blazed a trail of epic proportions. He has received countless honors, nominations, and awards over the past 45 years of his career. However, he is the only man to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. His first was with the Yardbirds, alongside fellow legends Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. Second, was for my personal favorite, Cream. Most recent, was for his brilliant solo career. There are only a handful of musicians that have been inducted more than once, but Clapton reigns supreme.


When The Yardbirds split up, the band still had several tour dates in Scandinavia that they’d committed to, so Keith Relf and Chris Dreja allowed Jimmy Page to use the name “The New Yardbirds” in order to fulfill these commitments. Dreja then issued a cease and desist letter, so that after these tour dates were completed, Page would have to change the band’s name.

While out drinking with Keith Moon and John Entwistle from the band, The Who, Page made a comment about starting a band with the two of them. In response, Moon joked about that going down like a “lead zeppelin”. When Jimmy then formed his own band, he remembered this expression, and decided to use it as the band’s name. He got rid of the “a” so there would be no confusion over the pronunciation in America.

Led Zeppelin