23 May 2012
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News: Led Zeppelin II

A man who changed his name to the title of the British rockers' second album has died

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RIP Led Zeppelin II, for Led Zeppelin II is dead. Long live Led Zeppelin II, for music doesn’t die, but men do.

Sad news in from the States as a former airline worker who officially changed his name to Led Zeppelin II last Autumn has passed away — on May 18.

“He and Mom got divorced and he wanted to start his life over, like a new chapter,” his daughter Mindy Baker told The Chicago Tribune. “He had always liked Led Zeppelin since they came out, and it was just time to do it. My mom says that he talked about it for probably five years before the divorce.”

Led Zeppelin II, who died of a heart attack near St. Louis, was born George Blackburn in Milwaukee in 1947 and grew up in Chicago, where he was later employed by Trans World Airlines for more than 30 years. He was a rock fan and saw Led Zeppelin play 20-odd times in the late-sixties and seventies, enjoying all their records.

But of the British rockers’ second album, his daughter adds: “That’s the one he just really related to. Just the whole thing.”

“I reinvented myself,” Led Zeppelin II told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last year. “Since I became Led Zeppelin, my life has improved a thousand fold.

“I don’t want to appear to be some off-the-wall, drug-addict idiot. I just changed my name from the standpoint that I can be a better person than I used to be.”

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