January 9, 1978
Press Release: Led Zep Sweep Music Polls
LED ZEPPELIN SWEEP MUSIC POLLS FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE
YEAR. FIVE FIRST PLACES IN CIRCUS – FOUR FIRST PLACES IN MELODY MAKER. IMMY PAGE BEST GUITARIST IN NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS AND GUITAR PLAYER POLLS
Swan Song Official Press Release
Jan. 9, 1978
For the fifth consecutive year, Led Zeppelin swept the top honors in the major U.S. and U.K. music polls. In Circus Magazine’s Shure Music Awards Poll, Zeppelin took five first places including best group. In Britain’s Melody Maker, four top prizes were garnered. Completing the sweep, Jimmy Page seized top honors for his guitar artistry in the New Musical Express and Guitar Player polls.
The readers of Circus voted Robert Plant best male vocalist by a margin of over two to one, topping Queen’s Freddie Mercury. Jimmy Page took the honors as top guitarist and producer, and Page/Plant were again named best songwriters. In addition, John ‘Bonzo’ Bonham was voted third best drummer and John Paul Jones placed third in the bass division.
In Britain’s prestigious Melody Maker poll, the sweep was repeated as Led Zeppelin were voted best group; Page and Plant best guitarist, producer and vocalist, respectively.
With eight, million selling albums behind them, Led Zeppelin’s popularity continues to grow. This year they established themselves as the world’s biggest concert draw setting the world’s number one and two box office gross records.