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L E D Z E P P E L I N
Robert Anthony Plant was born on the 20th August 1948 in the English/Welsh border country of Worcestershire. His home-town was Kidderminster.
He attended grammar school near Birmingham. At an early age, he acquired a love of rock and roll and long hair, the hair being useful for attracting girls.
His parents didn't discourage his passion for rock and roll. His father, a civil engineer, would drive him to the Seven Stars Blues Club in Stourbridge, where Plant discovered the magic of the Blues.
He became part of a group at the Seven Stars Blues Club, the Delta Blues Band. When not playing there, Plant and a guitarist would go round the local folk clubs playing Bob Dylan's Corinna Corinna.
At sixteen, Plant left home to pursue a career in music. He joined the Crawling King Snakes. To expand his music education, he attended any UK music festivals that featured American blues performers. In the mid-1960s, he joined Band of Joy. The group went through three incarnations and the final version featured a powerful drummer, John Bonham. They were unusual by the fact that not only did they do covers but threw in some of their own material as well.
Plant and Bonham worked together for a couple of years with the Band of Joy and released three singles. Then Bonham left to work with Tim Rose.
In 1966, Robert met Maureen, an Anglo-Indian woman, at a Georgie Fame concert. They were married on 9th November 1968 (though they are now divorced).
With a wife in tow, Plant had to make some money. As gigs with the Band of Joy were now few and far between, he did some road-making. One of these scarce gigs, however, took place at London's trendy Speakeasy Club and in the audience was Alexis Korner. He took a shining to Plant and when the band folded a couple of months later, they did some gigs together in the Birmingham area.
They started an album that was never finished. One of the tracks, Operator, came out on an album called Bootleg Him. For a year, they worked on and off but it petered out.
By the time Led Zeppelin were formed in 1968, Plant had been a singer for five years. The Led Zeppelin biography and details of the death of his son, Karac, can be found by clicking here.
After the demise of Led Zeppelin, Plant pursued a successful solo career. With keyboardist/songwriter Phil Johnstone, he co-wrote three solo albums, Now and Zen (1988), Manic Nirvana (1990) and Fate of Nations (1993). Other solo albums include Pictures at Eleven (1982) and The Principle of Moments (1983).
In 2002, Plant formed a new back-up group, Strange Sensation, for a new album, Dreamland. Their second album, Mighty Rearranger, was released in 2005.
PAGE & PLANT
Robert Plant and Page teamed up for a one-off project in 1984 produced by Nugetre (Ahmet Ertegun), and the Fabulous Brill Brothers. The EP, The Honeydrippers: Volume One, featured a band of mystery musicians including Jeff Beck and Nile Rodgers. It was released on Plant's Es Paranza label and though commercially successful Page revealed the following year that he and Plant hadn't been on speaking terms since the fateful day the previous summer when the guitarist had overdubbed his part on the Honeydrippers' unsolicited hit, Sea of Love.
The differences were patched up as on 13 July 1985 Led Zeppelin reunited at the Live Aid concert at the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. Page, Plant and Jones, with drummers Tony Thompson and Phil Collins (who had actually toured with Plant on his 1983 The Principle of Moments tour) standing in for the late John Bonham, and Paul Martinez (from Plant's touring band) performed a lousy twenty minute set featuring Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love and Stairway to Heaven. Plant had just done three gigs on the trot resulting in his voice being shot; Page's roadie handed him a completely out of tune guitar on which to play Stairway to Heaven, which didn't help.
Peter Grant, now no longer acting as manager for any of them, summed it up best:
'It was diabolical ... it was absolutely horrendous'.
So bad, in fact, that when Live Aid was released on a four-set DVD in late 2004, the group unanimously disallowed usage of footage from their performance though Page and Plant donated all proceedings from their Unledded DVD to the Live Aid charity, and Jones donated a portion of the profits from his US tour with the Mutual Admiration Society toward the charity as well.
In 1986, Page, Plant and Jones gathered near Peter Gabriel's home at Bath, England for rehearsals with Thompson with a view to play again as a group. Thompson had a car accident so one of Plant's roadies played drums. For whatever reason (and each band member has different views) the idea of reforming quickly fizzled out.
However, Zeppelin did reunite again in 1988 for Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary concert for only their second public performance after Bonham's death. They performed a 31-minute set, with Jason Bonham (sitting in for his father, John) joining the remaining three.
The three original members also played with Jason at Carmen Plant's (Robert's daughter) 21st birthday party, and at Jason's wedding.
1990 saw Plant and Page play a brief set together at the Knebworth music festival, which included a rarity from Coda, Wearing and Tearing.
Then it happened. Page and Plant, without Jones, reunited in 1994 for an MTV Unplugged performance (dubbed Unledded) which eventually led to a world tour with a Middle Eastern orchestra, and an album entitled No Quarter. 'Page and Plant are Led Zeppelin', John Paul Jones observed in 1998, 'in everything but name'. Why they did it without him has never been satisfactorily explained. It seemed unfair and just plain wrong, and neither Page or Plant came out of it looking great. Led Zeppelin's strength was that all members played a precise and integral part in the mechanics of the band, and to strip it of one member meant it just wasn't the same. Nevertheless, the tour was deemed a success if success can be only measured by bums on seats.
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Our Song/Laughin', Cryin', Laughin' (1967)(CBS 202656)...£180.00 / $330.00Our Song/Laughin', Cryin', Laughin' (1967)('A' label demo) (CBS 202656)...£8.00 / $14.00Long Time Coming/I've Got A Secret (1967)(CBS 202858)...£200.00 / $360.00Long Time Coming/I've Got A Secret (1967)('A' label demo) (CBS 202858)...£180.00 / $330.00Burning Down One Side/Far Post (1982)(12", p/s) (Swan Song SSK 19429T)...£10.00 / $17.00Big Log/Messin' With The Mekon (1983)(P/S) (WEA B 9848)...£5.00 / $8.00Little By Little (Remix)/Doo Doo A Do Do//Easily Led (live)/Rockin' At Midnight (live) (1985)(Double pack) (Es Paranza B 9621 F)...£8.00 / $14.00Heaven Knows (Extended remix)/Walking Towards Paradise/Heaven Knows (Astral Mix) (1988)(12", stickered sealed box set with colour poster & 2 prints) (Es Paranza A 9373 TB)...£8.00 / $14.00Heaven Knows/Walking Towards Paradise/Big Log (1988)(3" CD & adaptor, 5" case) (Es Paranza A 9373 CD)...£8.00 / $14.00Tall Cool One/White, Clean And Neat/Tall Cool One (Extended Version)/Little By Little (1988)(3" CD & adaptor, 5" case) (Es Paranza A 9348 CD)...£8.00 / $14.00Ship Of Fools/Helen Of Troy (live)/Dimples (live) (1988)(3" CD & adaptor, 5" case, inside 5" box with card, foldout lyric sheet & 2-page biography) (Es Paranza A 9281 CDB)...£8.00 / $14.00Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes On You)/I Cried (1990)(Shaped picture disc) (Es Paranza A 8985P)...£5.00 / $8.00Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes On You)/Don't Look Back/Oompah (Watery Bint/One Love (1990)(CD) (Es Paranza A 8985)...£8.00 / $14.00I Believe/Hey Jane/Great Spirit (Acoustic)/Whole Lotta Love (You Need Love) (1993)(12" limited edition picture disc) (Fontana FATE 212)...£10.00 / $17.00If I Were A Carpenter/I Believe (live)/Tall Cool One (live) (1993)(Limited issue, clear picture sleeve) (Fontana FATEX 4)...£8.00 / $14.00MANIC NIRVANA (1990)(LP, gatefold sleeve) (Es Paranza WX 339X)...£12.00 / $20.00
LISTENYou'd Better Run/Everybody's Gonna Say (1965)(CBS 202456)...£180.00 / $330.00
THE HONEYDRIPPERS VOL. ONE (1984)(10" LP) (Es Paranza 790 220-1)...£8.00 / $14.00LED ZEPPELIN PRICE GUIDEJOHN PAUL JONES PRICE GUIDEJIMMY PAGE PRICE GUIDE
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