Today in 1968 the band agreed that their current name, The New Yardbirds, would be phased out. After considering names such as The Mad Dogs and The Mad Boys, Jimmy Page and manager Peter Grant returned to Keith Moon’s 1966 suggestion of Lead Zeppelin, dropping the “a” to avoid mispronunciation.
The story: In 1966, Page was in a London studio with Jeff Beck, John Paul Jones, keyboardist Nicky Hopkins and Who drummer Keith Moon. They were recording “Beck’s Bolero” and had such good chemistry that they started talking about carrying it on as a full-time band. Moon joked that if they all quit their current bands, the new group would probably “go down like a lead zeppelin”. The only thing that kept the new band from happening at that time was that they couldn’t find a singer.