Recruited by guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones to join their post-Yardbirds band in 1968; recommended his friend, drummer John Bonham, to round out the lineup, and Led Zeppelin was born.
The band made its recording debut in 1969 with a self-titled album that featured future classics "Communication Breakdown" and "Good Times Bad Times."
Released his first solo record, 1982's Pictures at Eleven, two years after Zeppelin broke up in the wake of Bonham's death.
Reunited with Page in 1994 for the No Quarter live CD and TV special, which were followed by an album of original material, Walking into Clarksdale, four years later.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the other members of Led Zeppelin, in 1995.
Was made an Order of the British Empire Commander---for "services to Music"---in 2008.
2008, Grammy — Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album: Winner
2007, Grammy — Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Winner
2008, Grammy — Record of the Year: Winner
2008, Grammy — Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Winner
2008, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
1998, Grammy — Best Hard Rock Performance: Winner
2009, CMT Music Awards — CMT Performance of the Year: Nominee
2008, CMT Music Awards — Wide Open Country Video of the Year: Winner
2009, CMT Music Awards — Wide Open Country Video of the Year: Nominee
2013, Grammy — Best Rock Album: Winner
2008, Grammy — Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Winner