Led Zeppelin II Dead At 64: Man Had Changed His Name To Reflect Favorite Album

"Led Zeppelin II", the 1969 album, will live forever. Led Zeppelin II, a man who changed his name to reflect favorite album, on the other hand, has died.

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"Led Zeppelin II", the 1969 album, will live forever. Led Zeppelin II, the man, on the other hand, has died, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The 64-year-old resident of Bethalto, Mo., was born George Blackburn, and that's the name he went by until last fall, when he officially changed his name to reflect his favorite Zep disc.

Blackburn filed for the fancy new name after finalizing his third divorce, his daughter Mindy Baker told the newspaper.

"He and Mom got divorced and he wanted to start his life over, like a new chapter," she said. "He had always liked Led Zeppelin since they came out, and it was just time to do it."

The Chicago native and longtime TSA employee saw the British hard rockers some 20 times over the course of his life, and it was the group's sophomore effort - which features the songs "Whole Lotta Love" and "Ramble On" - that really spoke to him.

"That's the one he just really related to," Baker said, "just the whole thing."

After the late-life divorce, Blackburn didn't just change his name. He also covered his living room in album covers, hanging LPs by Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and, of course, his beloved Zeppelin.

"They changed my life forever," Blackburn - or rather Led Zeppelin II - told the St Louis Post-Dispatch in an interview last year, "and that's my whole reason for doing this."

Thanks for the story to Noisecreep.com.

16 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Pagan_Poetry
    I forgot about this guy ahaha At least UG is showing this guy a whole lotta love.
    Maiden95
    At first I thought they were finished with printing album copies, so I was going to write..."I'm glad I got my copy." And correct me if I'm wrong, but I didn't think the title was misleading, you just have to read all of it..
    Salvo416
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: I forgot about this guy ahaha At least UG is showing this guy a whole lotta love.
    For sure man. Hearing about this is a heartbreaker.
    Crimson Ghost
    When he changed his name, he was buying a stairway to heaven. Now he's over the hills and far away. He didn't know how many more times he could take people telling him "your time is gonna come". All of my love to him. In his honor, let's have a celebration day
    Galfadez
    I don't know if it's very respectful to have this title. Sure, "Man named Led Zeppelin II dies" probably wouldn't get as any hits, but at least you don't look so cheap.
    fifopher
    hmcguire wrote: Misleading title is misleading. Still, R.I.P
    Yeah, pretty confusing. smh