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In March 1967, Jeff Beck releases a solo single entitled “Hi Ho Silver Lining,” which is backed with Page composition entitled “Beck’s Bolero”.  This song is recorded by Page, Beck, Nicky Hopkins, John Paul Jones, and Keith Moon. At this session Moon and John Entwistle, who are tired of The Who’s infighting, discuss forming a band with Page and Beck. It is here that Moon announces that they should call the group Lead Zeppelin, because, “…it’ll go over like a ***in’ lead balloon!”  

(The “a” was later removed from “Lead” so that Americans would pronounce it correctly.)  (John Entwistle claimed that it was he, not Moon, who invented the name. Entwistle, “Led Zeppelin is a good name, isn’t it?  I made it up.  Everybody says Keith Moon made it up, but he didn’t.  About four years ago I was realy getting fed up with the Who….  And I was talking with a fellow who is the production manager for the Led Zeppelin now.  I was talking to him down in a club in New York.  And I
said, ‘Yeah, I’m thinking of leaving the group and forming my own group.  I’m going to call the group Led Zeppelin.  And I’m going to have a an LP cover with like the Hindenburg going down in flames, and, you know, this whole business.’  And like two months later he was working for Jimmy Page and, like, they were looking for a name, and so he suggested Led Zeppelin, and Page liked it, and they came out with the same LP cover that I’d planned.” (the production manager would have probably been Richard Cole)