President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet honorees and guests at intermission during at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Dec. 2, 2012. Honorees are: actor Dustin Hoffman, television comedian David Letterman, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, ballerina Natalia Makarova, and three members of the British rock group Led Zeppelin: keyboardist and bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page, and singer Robert Plant. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A huge success especially throughout the 70s, Led Zeppelin is still considered one of the most influential bands today. But where did the name “Led Zeppelin” come from?

The band portrayed sounds from many different genres, building them up in one big heavy thing, and are even seen as the predecessors of heavy metal. Initially, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck hoped to form a supergroup with Keith Moon and John Entwistle from The Who. Apart from the one song they recorded together, this group never formed.

Supposedly Moon and Entwistle commented that a supergroup with Page and Beck would “go down like a lead balloon” – in other words: the boys were expecting a disaster. The a from lead was dropped, and balloon was replaced by the much mightier zeppelin: and there we have the all-famous Led Zeppelin.