John Paul Jones

April 1969: Led Zeppelin’s First U.S. Single Hits Its Chart High

50 years ago, Led Zeppelin’s first single hit its chart high on the Billboard Hot 100, and as highs go, it was pretty darned low, but... Well, c’mon, let’s keep our expectations in check, shall we? After all, we’re talking about the first single from their first album, and it was released at a point where they’d played less than two dozen shows in America.

All things being equal, the fact that it charted at all is pretty damned impressive.