Led Zeppelins were a small but iconic rock band.
The band’s first album, 1969’s ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog,’ was a runaway bestseller.
Its second, ‘A Day in the Life,’ went gold in 1970 and spawned three more albums.
They continued to tour throughout the 1970s, performing at arenas across the country.
The iconic star was seen on TV shows like ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Scream.’
Led Zepplin fans were often asked to guess who they thought would win in a game of trivia.
But as fans got older, their guesses became more accurate, and they began to suspect that Zeppelin was a hoax.
The mystery deepened in 1988 when the lead singer of the band, Robert Plant, died in a plane crash in Hawaii.
Many suspected that his death was faked.
But in the summer of 1996, the FBI launched an investigation into the band.
Agents searched the offices of Led Zepps owner, Paul McCartney.
The investigation led to the discovery of a hoax ring that had been active since the 1960s.
The ring was made up of a small amount of lead pellets and a dummy.
Agents found a fake Led Zepper’s jersey and light bulbs in the ring.
They believed the dummy was the real star, Jimmy Page.
In 1999, the U.S. Attorney in California charged Zeppelin’s former singer, Jimmy “Ludacris” Harris, with attempting to defraud the government out of more than $150,000.
He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay more than half of that sum.
The case was later dropped in 2018.
This led to a new wave of conspiracy theories about the group, with many wondering if Zeppelin were a hoax band created by the government.
“If you look back at the band’s history, it’s always been about secrecy and secrecy and being able to maintain control over the music and the sound,” said Mark Dreyer, author of ‘The Ghost of Jimmy Page.’
“If they were a fraud, then the whole band would be a fraud.”