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Graf Zepplin was formed (before a similarly named British band) by five high school students in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago in the USA. The year was 1966. The members were John Armour (lead guitar, vocals), Bob Blumenthal (keyboards, songwriter, vocals), Dave Green (drummer), Gary Knaus (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Bill Steed (bass, vocals).

The band broke up after its oldest member (BB) graduated high school in 1969. In the interim, they played at everything from basement parties to fashion shows and pool parties at Chicago’s (then-) biggest hotels. After a “battle of the bands” in Chicago’s Navy Pier, they won recording time at Orlyn RCA, and made their one 45 rpm record (A side: You’re in My Mind; B side: Sunset).

Note that the misspelling of “Zepplin” is intentional. More specifically, once it was painted onto the drumhead, no amount of argument could force a correction, so it stayed as it was.

The band members’ last reunion (no public performances) was in 2004. One ex Zep is a microbiologist but sings in a choir and still composes; one is retired from banking; one is an independent consultant; one a building contractor; and one runs a video/audio production company. Sic transit gloria mundi.


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