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Led Zeppelin released their legendary double album Physical Graffiti on February 24, 1975. The album was Zeppelin's sixth studio offering and was nearly three years in the making.

The group convened in November 1973 to record the follow up to Houses of The Holy, which they had released earlier that year. However, with bassist John Paul Jones threatening to quit the band and move to a position as a church choirmaster, Zeppelin decided to take some time off time to give him a break.

Though Physical Graffiti was recorded during a point of relative turmoil for the band, it once again affirmed their place in at the top of the rock world. It hit number one on the Billboard 200 chart on March 22, and held the top spot for six weeks.

Physical Graffiti included songs like Kashmir, In My Time Of Dying and Houses of The Holy. The album also included tracks laid down during earlier recording sessions that hadn't been released yet. The oldest, the instrumental "Bron-Yr-Aur," dated back to 1970.

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

May 31, 1948 - John Henry Bonham was born at Redditch, Worchestershire
May xx, 1969 - The band’s debut album enters the US Top 10
May xx, 1969 - Recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II begin
May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
May 03, 1971 - Richard Cole jams on Whole Lotta Love playing congas
May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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