February 15, 1977
Press Release: Led Zep Sweep Music Polls
LED ZEPPELIN SWEEP MUSIC POLLS FOR FOURTH YEAR IN ROW
FIVE FIRST PLACES IN CIRCUS – FIVE FIRST PLACES IN CREEM
SIX FIRST PLACES IN NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS
Swan Song Official Press Release
Feb. 15, 1977
For the fourth consecutive year, Led Zeppelin swept the top honors in the major U.S. and U.K. music polls. Zeppelin took five first places in Creem and Circus and six in Britain’s New Musical Express.
Over 40,000 ballots were cast in the Circus readers poll determining that Led Zeppelin were 1976’s best group. Jimmy Page topped Jeff Beck and Queen’s Brian May to maintain his position as best guitarist. Robert Plant was voted number one male vocalist. The best songwriting award went to Page and Plant. Elton John and Bernie Taupin placing second. Jimmy Page won the top spot as producer of the year. Zeppelin were voted 1976’s number one live act, a remarkable fact considering the group has not performed live in two years. John Bonham took second prize as best drummer and bassist John Paul Jones ranked second in his field.
The readers of Creem voted Jimmy Page best guitarist and most valuable player. Robert Plant ranked as top male vocalist. The Song Remains the Same, their feature length documentary film was awarded the number one movie spot. According to Creem readers, the “biggest disappointment of the year” was no Led Zeppelin tour.