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ALERT: Led Zeppelin II Is Dead

30 May 2012 @ 13:37

From the Chicago Tribune, Rob Manker reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to JMR]:

Led Zeppelin II has died.

Not the album … the man.

Zeppelin, of downstate Bethalto, near St. Louis, was known most of his life as George Blackburn before officially changing his name last fall.

"He and Mom got divorced and he wanted to start his life over, like a new chapter," said his daughter Mindy Baker of Seattle, adding that her father had seen Jimmy Page and Robert Plant’s English band probably about 20 times in its heyday of the late 1960s and early ’70s. "He had always liked Led Zeppelin since they came out, and it was just time to do it.

"My mom says that he talked about it for probably five years before the divorce."

The 64-year-old Zeppelin "climbed the ‘Stairway to Heaven’" May 18 at Alton Memorial Hospital, according to a death notice published in newspapers, including the Tribune. He died of a heart attack, his daughter said.

She said her father redid his living room in album covers following the divorce, his third. That included, of course, Led Zeppelin’s, but also those of AC/DC, Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd, among others.

"I reinvented myself," Zeppelin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last fall, after the name change was made official in Madison County court. "Since I became Led Zeppelin, my life has improved a thousand fold."

Hats Off To (Led) Zeppelin!


One Comment
  1. 30 May 2012 @ 14:16 14:16

    Looks like he squeezed his lemon…

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