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Led Zeppelin initially dismissed as 'unconvincing' by BBC

Pioneering electric guitar band Led Zeppelin were initially given a poor review by BBC producers after their first auditions, according to newly-released documents.
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Electric guitar legends Led Zeppelin were criticised following an early BBC audition as being "unconvincing" and "old-fashioned", according to newly revealed papers.

BBC Archive documents have shown that the Stairway to Heaven rockers were given a poor review by a panel of BBC music experts when they applied to appear on Radio 1 for the first time in 1969.

Despite attempts to showcase their talent on now-famous hits such as Dazed and Confused, one BBC panellist dismissed the act as a rip-off of Muddy Waters.

Jimmy Page's electric guitar playing won some praise from the acid-tongued experts, but the overall verdict was critical.

One producer described the band's music as "basically an old-fashioned sound that turns me on - but not for daytime radio".

Despite these criticisms, the four-piece band was nevertheless given a chance to record, which helped to set their groundbreaking careers into motion.

Earlier this week, guitar manufacturer Gibson hailed Page and Led Zeppelin for their influence on rock history, praising their array of "awe-inspiring, timeless albums".

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Posted on 18 Dec 2009 11:45 to category : Band / Celebrity News

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