Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:48
Robert Plant dropped by Royal Studios on Saturday to cut harmonica tracks for the North Mississippi Allstars. Allstars Luther and Cody Dickinson had thought their new album was all but done, when they found themselves in town at the same time as the former Zeppelin front man and blues aficionado. The Dickinson brothers had opened a few dates for Plant in recent years and had talked about getting in some studio time.
Cody Dickinson, Lightnin' Malcolm, Robert Plant, Boo Mitchell, and Luther Dickinson - Royal Studios 2013
"It was unexpected," said Boo Mitchell, owner of the storied Royal Studios and a man not easily star-struck. Royal Studios is famous primarily for recording Al Green's hits under the direction of Boo Mitchell's father, the legendary producer Willie Mitchell. The house rhythm section, known as the Hi Rhythm section, backed tons of soul hits and is legendary in its own right.
There are few musical stars as accomplished as Plant. Led Zeppelin's Untitled album has sold a reported 37 million copies. Still Plant was moved by the experience of working at Royal.
"We let him use Al Green's mic," Mitchell said. He dug the sound and the fact that we haven't changed anything. He had a fabulous time."
They worked on two tracks and were joined by Lightnin' Malcolm on bass.
Both Plant and the Allstars had gigs that night. Plant played at the Live at the Garden series and the Allstars at the Recording Academy Memphis Chapter's 40th Anniversary at the Levitt Shell.
"It was funny, Plant missed his sound check and Cody and Luther did too," Mitchell said.
The session got off to a wobbly start.
"About 4 my phone rings," Mitchell said, cutting to a British accent. "'Is this the studio? This is Robert. I need another harmonica.' He said he had dropped his into some Indian incense."
A harp was found and to great effect.
"He should play harmonica more than he does. He is a bad ass harmonica player," Mitchell said.
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|August xx, 1968 - Page, Grant and Chris Dreja go see Robert Plant perform at a Birmingham Teachers College. Page invites Plant to his Pangbourne house and offers him the vocalist position|
|August xx, 1969 - Peter Grant starts enforcing the 90/10 split in favor of the band|
|August 31, 1969 - The third US tour ends at the Texas International Festival in Dallas|
|August xx, 1970 - Zeppelin earn no less than $25,000 per show|
|August 17, 1970 - Page completes mixing of the Led Zeppelin III in Memphis|
|August 19, 1971 - The seventh North American tour opens in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|August xx, 1972 - Jimmy Page purchases Plumpton Manor in Sussex|
|August xx, 1973 - Jimmy starts arranging ideas for the next album|
|August xx, 1974 - Film maker Peter Clifton has the band re-enact scenes at Shepperton Studios|
|August 31, 1974 - John Paul Jones appears with David Gilmour and Steve Broughton as Roy Harper’s backing band for the night|
|August 04, 1975 - Robert Plant and his family are seriously injured as their car veers off the road on the island of Rhodes|
|August 08, 1975 - Rehearsal for Zeppelin’s Eleventh North American tour postponed after Robert is involved in a serious car accident|
|August xx, 1976 - Arrangements are made to show the upcoming Zep film in theaters|
|August xx, 1976 - Jimmy Page finishes mixing the soundtrack for the movie The Song Remains The Same|
|August 14, 1977 - Jimmy jams with Ron Wood at a charity golf tournament for underprivileged children|
|August xx, 1978 - Robert plays with Dr. Feelgood and Phil Carson in Ibiza, Spain while on holiday|
|August 11, 1979 - Led Zeppelin perform a second show at Knebworth due to overwhelming ticket demands|
|August xx, 1980 - Jimmy moves into his new Windsor home, which was purchased from Michael Caine|
|August 14, 2009 - It Might Get Loud opened in select theatres in NY, WA & CA.|