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Robert Plant (born 20.08.1948) Robert Plant is an English musician best known as the lead singer in the band Led Zeppelin.

Childhood: Robert Plant was born in West Bromwich, West Midlands but grew up in Halesowen. His parents were Robert, a civil engineer, and Annie Plant. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School for Boys in Stourbridge and became interested in blues music. He briefly trained as a chartered accountant before attending college to gain more qualifications in order to join the English Midlands blues scene. While attempting to pursue a career in music, he made a living from various jobs including for the construction company Wimpey and at Woolworths. 

Musical career: Robert Plant began his career by recording three singles for CBS records and singing with several bands including The Crawling King Snakes and Band of Joy with Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. In 1968, he was approached by guitarist Jimmy Page who was looking for a singer for The Yardbirds while Plant was part of a band named Hobbstweedle. Plant brought along John Bonham and they were soon joined by John Paul Jones and dubbed themselves New Yardbirds before becoming Led Zeppelin.

Their self-titled debut album hit the UK charts at number 6. Their subsequent seven albums before their last were number one hits. Plant started writing songs for the band for the second album 'Led Zeppelin II' in 1969. The band broke up in 1980 after Bonham was found dead in an alcohol related incident. Plant considered abandoning music to become a teacher, but later embarked on a solo career. He released his debut solo effort 'Pictures at Eleven' in 1982 and his next album 'The Principle of Moments' came soon after.

In 1984, he formed a group called The Honeydrippers with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck and had hits with their 'Sea of Love' and 'Rockin' at Midnight' covers. They released the album 'The Honeydrippers: Volume One'. Page also contributed to Plant's album 'Now And Zen'. The pair toured together in 1995 and released the album 'No Quarter' which reached the UK charts at number 7 and number 4 in the US. In 1995, Led Zeppelin were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their only album of original material was 1998's 'Walking into Clarksdale' which was unsuccessful and Plant soon went solo again.

He later won a Grammy after re-recording one the album's songs 'Please Read the Letter' with Alison Krauss. Between 1999 and 2000, he had a folk band called Priory of Brion. He also contributed on the Moby Grape album 'More Oar: A Tribute to the Skip Spence Album'.

In 2002, he formed the band Strange Sensation and released the album 'Dreamland'. It was followed by the significantly more successful 2005 album 'Mighty ReArranger'. The living former members of Led Zeppelin were honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. In 2006, he headlined the Benefit For Arthur Lee concert which was to raise money for Lee's medical bills while suffering from leukaemia. That year he also released a box set of his solo work called 'Nine Lives'.

In 2007, he wrote 'It Keeps Rainin'' and 'Valley of Tears' for the Fats Domino tribute album 'Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino'. Between 2007 and 2008, he teamed with Alison Krauss releasing a duet album, 'Raising Sand', which won a Grammy and was certfied platinum.

2009 saw them win further Grammy Awards for their work. In 2010, he toured with his new band, Band of Joy, which included singer Patty Griffin. Their subsequent self-titled album was nominated for a Grammy in 2011 and they played their last show at the Big Chill Festival. The band played their final scheduled show together at the Big Chill Festival at Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire on 7 August 2011. Plant has maintained his opposition to a Led Zeppelin reunion tour though the band have previously reunited for one-off gigs including 1985's Live Aid and 1988's Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary.

Personal life: Robert Plant married Maureen Wilson in 1968 and they had three children, Carmen Jane, Karac Pendragon and Logan Romero. They divorced in 1983. He also has a child with Maureen's sister Shirley Wilson called Jesse Lee. In 1975, he and Maureen suffered serious injuries after a car crash in Greece. In 1977, his son Karac died at the age of 5 from a virale stomach infection. Plant wrote the son 'All My Love' in his memory.

In 2012, he revealed he was living with Patty Griffin in Austin, Texas. In 2009, he became the third vice president of the Wolverhampton Wanderers football club of which he is a lifelong fan.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Bonnaroo 2015 Is Here! Here's What The Rest Of The Weekend Has In Store


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Bonnaroo is in full swing and while we've seen some pretty impressive acts so far, the musical forecast shows things are not going to get quieter anytime soon. One of America's biggest and most diverse summer events, fans flock in their thousands to Tennessee this weekend to welcome some of the world's top entertainers.

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Friday's line-up is a particularly mixed bag; where you've got music veterans the likes of 80s new wave legends Tears For Fears and 70s R&B band Earth Wind & Fire, you also got newer names such as LA duo Mini Mansions, who recently won acclaim for their second album 'The Great Pretenders', and Brit award winning UK chart toppers Royal Blood. Making some noise on the main What Stage throughout though are house producer Deadmau5, 'To Pimp a Butterfly' rapper Kendrick Lamar and roots rock collective Alabama Shakes

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Robert Plant and the Band Of Joy team up with Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller for a live rendition of 'Ramble On' at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The song is from Led Zeppelin's 1969 album 'Led Zeppelin II'.

Robert Plant - Lullaby and. The Ceaseless Roar Album Review


'Lullaby and. The Ceaseless Roar' is Robert Plant's tenth solo project, which this time sees him bring in a few friends known to recent fans as The Sensational Space Shifters. His frequent experimentations are obvious from all his solo ventures; he's not one to be stuck in a genre and this time he's gleaned inspiration from an African trance style mixed with his old Led Zeppelin days.

Robert Plant - Lullaby and. The Ceaseless Roar Album Review

Plant's vocals are spine tingling all the way through 'Lullaby and. The Ceaseless Roar' and it's clear he really has captured the whole moment of his album. 'Embrace Another Fall' is just mesmerising, with guest vocals and music that you would expect to hear from 'War of the Worlds'.

'Turn It Up' is definitely one of the stand out tracks; it's great to hear a good guitar riff blasting out every now and then and in this it is pure brilliance. 'House Of Love' is a beautiful melodic piece that captures the whole album; if you asked me to describe the album then 'House Of Love' will tell you all you need to know.

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Rocker Robert Plant literally let his hair down while leaving his Manchester hotel

Robert Plant - Rocker Robert Plant literally let his hair down while leaving his Manchester hotel. The Whole Lotta Love hitmaker stepped out with a fashionable top-knot before spotting members of the press, whereby he retreated back inside and removed the bun, before emerging with his famous locks flowing. - Manchester, United Kingdom - Wednesday 10th September 2014

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Robert Plant leaves the BBC Breakfast Studios

Robert Plant - Former front man from legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin Robert Plant seen leaving the BBC Breakfast Studios at MediaCityUK in Manchester - Manchester, United Kingdom - Wednesday 10th September 2014

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Is Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' Really The Best Guitar Riff Ever?


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Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' has been named the Greatest Guitar Riff of all time in a BBC Radio 2 poll. The blues riff played by Jimmy Page beat the likes of The White Stripes, Nirvana and Metallica. The riff is also recognised by many as the soundtrack of Top of the Pops throughout the 1970s.

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Page said of the honor: "I'm knocked out by this, because I didn't expect that to happen. I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces. But when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive. There was this intent to have this riff and the movement of it, so it was menacing as well as quite sort of caressing."

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Robert Plant - Celebrities outside the BBC Radio 2 studios - London, United Kingdom - Friday 1st August 2014

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Robert Plant - Celebrities arriving at the BBC Radio 2 studios - London, United Kingdom - Friday 1st August 2014

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Glastonbury Festival 2014 - Performances - Day 3

Robert Plant - Glastonbury Festival 2014 - Performances - Day 3 - Robert Plant - Glastonbury, United Kingdom - Saturday 28th June 2014

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Wait, Did Led Zeppelin Really Steal the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Riff?


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A legal dispute has erupted over the provenance of that riff on Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, widely regarded as one of the greatest rock songs of all time. The copyright infringement is being taken on behalf of the late guitarist Randy California, who, perhaps crucially, played on the same bill as Led Zeppelin in the 1960s.

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California’s lawyers argue he should be given a writing credit on the 1971 track, perhaps the most lucrative in Zeppelin’s back catalogue. Bloomberg estimate that the eight-minute track had earned £334 million as of 2008. That figure is largely down to the fact that the band did not release it as a single, leaving fans with no option but to buy the entire album, Led Zeppelin IV, at the time.

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Wait, Was Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' Ripped Off From Another Band?


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Led Zeppelin may be facing court as legal papers are in the process of being filed by a US lawyer who claims the opening was directly influenced by the band Spirit’s track ‘Taurus’.

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Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant.

Led Zeppelin are in legal hot water as a US lawyer is preparing paperwork which claims they ripped off the opening of their 1971 classic ballad ‘Stairway to Heaven’. The lawyer is filing an injunction against the reissue of their album Led Zeppelin IV on behalf of the later guitarist Randy California, who was a member of the band Spirit. If the injunction is filed, Led Zeppelin may end up in court having to defend their creative rights and ownership of the song.

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It's That Time Of Year Again! New Orleans Jazz Festival Returns With Another Two Weekends Of Music Mythology


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It's that time of year again where New Orleans go all out to prove they are one of the most culturally rich cities in North America with their annual two-weekend event, the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

The Jazz Festival has expanded to two long weekends since its inaugural year in 1970, meaning that more people than ever can get the chance to enjoy the fine music culture of Louisiana. The Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson appeared at the first event alongside renowned orchestral composer Duke Ellington, and from then on the festival has gone from strength to strength and has never once lost the spirit that has made it so loved.

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Led Zeppelin Release Unheard Music, Say Reunion Chances are "Zero"


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Led Zeppelin have unveiled two previously unheard recordings, including an early version of their most famous song, Whole Lotta Love. The tracks come ahead of the reissue of the band's first three albums in June. The companion discs will feature alternative versions of songs, works in progress and live performances - all recorded at the time of the original albums.

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The latest tracks have been locked away in the band's archive for decades.

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Celebration Day! Robert Plant Hints At Led Zeppelin Reunion for 2014


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Coy as ever, Robert Plant has dropped the latest hint that legendary rock band Led Zeppelin could reunite for a tour in 2014. The frontman said the decision would ultimately be up to guitarist Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, though crucially told Australia’s 60 Minutes TV programme, “I’ve got nothing to do in 2014.”

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It’s the first time the often-spikey Plant has spoken so openly about the possibility of another reunion. Referring to Led Zeppelin’s one-off gig at London’s O2 Arena in 2007, he added, “We just wanted to play and see what it was like and be good once…It was time to be good – and we were.” Despite the euphoric highs of that concert, the band have not played together since December 10, 2007, with Plant essentially absolving himself of any blame and passing things firmly in the direction of Plant and Jones. “Well you are for all those Led Zeppelin fans who'd love you to say, 'Yes, we're re-forming….Well, then you need to speak to [Page and Jones] the Capricorns. Cos I've got nothing to do in 2014.” It’s a sensational change from Plant’s position in 2008, when he trampled on any hopes of Led Zeppelin tour saying he was busy making music with Alison Krauss and, later, the group Band of Joy. Drummer Jason Bonham subsequently revealed the group were “real close” to touring without their iconic frontman. Plant scolded a couple of journalists who dared ask about a reunion at a recent press conference for the band’s DVD Celebration Day.

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Led Zeppelin Fly In To Speak To David Letterman


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Still no more live shows announced but then perhaps it's enough just to see that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones are happy to be in each other's company as friends these days as Led Zeppelin continued their promotional tour of the USA by appearing on Letterman. The veteran British rock group were given one of American's most prestigious honors when they picked up an award at the Kennedy Center Honors, and were paid tribute to by President Barack Obama.

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