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Robert Plant, Brussels, Jan. 12, 1975
Robert Plant, January 12, 1975, Vorst Nationaal, Brussels, Belgium
Vital Stats
Birth Name: Robert Anthony Plant
Born: August 20, 1948
West Bromwich, England
Occupation(s): Singer-songwriter, Musician
Instrument(s): Vocals, Harmonica, Tambourine, Guitar
Associated Act(s): The Band Of Joy, Led Zeppelin, The Honeydrippers, Page and Plant, The Priory of Brion, The Strange Sensation, Alison Krauss

Robert Anthony Plant was born on August 20, 1948 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire to parents Robert C. and Annie C. (Cane) Plant and grew up in the town of Kidderminster.

By age fifteen, he quit school in favor of music. Robert joined various bands in the Black Country, such as The New Memphis Bluesbreakers, The Black Snake Moan, The Delta Blues Band and The Crawling King Snakes.

In 1966, Robert gathered a group together, named Listen, which recorded a few singles for CBS, including You'd Better Run. Plant's next group was The Band Of Joy, with John Bonham. Although they were successful in area gigs, they failed to secure a record contract, and disbanded in Spring 1968.

Robert teamed up with blues legend Alexis Korner for a couple recording sessions in August 1968, and started gigging around the Midlands with a band named Obs'tweedle. One day in late July of 1968, Jimmy Page, Peter Grant and Chris Dreja came to see Robert perform at a Teachers Training College in Bromsgrove.

Robert married Maureen Wilson on November 9, 1968, whom he'd known for the previous two years. They had a total of three children together, a daughter Carmen Jane who was born on November 21, 1968, and two sons Karac Pendragon, born on April 22, 1971 (died on July 26, 1977 of a viral infection) and Logan Romero, who was born on January 21, 1979.

After Led Zeppelin broke up, Robert was seemingly the most unaffected, forming a new band in early 1981 named The Honeydrippers with some local R&B players. They had several low-key performances in the UK in March-June 1981.

With Robbie Blunt, Robert prepared material for his first solo album Pictures At Eleven, which was released on June 28, 1982. Robert's second album Principle Of Moments was released on July 11, 1983 and he toured in support of it in the US, UK and the Far East throughout the second half of 1983 and early 1984. In March 1984, Robert went into the recording studios at Atlantic and recorded Honeydrippers Vol One and had Jimmy Page play on two of the tracks. On January 18, 1985 Robert reformed The Honeydrippers to play at a benefit show in Monmouth. A third album, Shaken 'n' Stirred, was recorded and released on May 20, 1985.

Robert joined Jimmy and John Paul for LiveAid on July 13, 1985, sparking Led Zeppelin reunion rumors, which complicated Robert's solo career. In March 1986, Robert played some dates with a local Midlands R&B band, The Big Town Playboys. In late 1987, Robert recorded a fourth solo album Now And Zen and released it on February 29, 1988. He had a new lineup for his band and they toured the US and UK in 1988.

In December 1989, Robert joined a local Kidderminster band for a charity event. On January 10, 1990, Robert's fifth studio album Manic Nirvana was released and he toured Europe and the US and had a short UK Tour in December 1990 and January 1991. Son, Jesse Lee was born in September 1991 (mother was rumored to be Shirley Wilson, Maureen's sister). 1992 was a quiet year for Robert, playing some benefit shows and appearing as part of an all-star line up at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in London on April 20. 1992.

Fate Of Nations was released on May 27, 1993 prompting US and European tours. Robert jammed with Def Leppard on May 6, 1993. A South American tour was held in early 1994.

Robert performed at the Alexis Korner Memorial Concert on April 17, 1994 with Jimmy and in August 1994 filmed for the MTV Unledded show and album. The newly formed Page and Plant group had an enormous North American tour in 1995, along with tours in Europe, Japan and Australia.

In 1995, Robert lent his voice and talent to a track on the Led Zeppelin tribute CD Encomium in which he paired up Tori Amos for a version of Down By The Seaside. Material was written with Jimmy Page and Walking Into Clarksdale was released on April 21, 1998.

Page and Plant toured throughout 1998, but Robert scrapped plans for anything new in 1999, instead returning to his roots and hooking up with his old mate from The Band Of Joy, Kevyn Gammond, and playing old tunes in a band called Priory Of Brion. They played dates in and around England, including dates in Scandinavia and Europe.

In 2001, retained bassist Charlie Jones and formed a new band Strange Sensations and toured in early 2001 through Scandinavia and the US for some summer dates.

Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation released a DVD on October 24, 2006 from a live performance on September 16, 2005, entitled Soundstage: Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation.

Robert Plant reinvented himself in 2007, and recorded a CD Raising Sand with bluegrass performer Alison Krauss, made up of old R&B, Blues, folk, and country songs, which was produced by T-Bone Burnett. They toured throughout 2007 and 2008.

On December 10, 2007, Robert Plant reunited with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, along with Jason Bonham and performed at the Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert at the O2 Arena in London, England. The concert was originally scheduled to take place on November 26, 2007; however Jimmy Page fractured the little finger on his left hand after a fall in his garden and the reunion show was postponed.

On February 8, 2009, Plant and Krauss won a Grammy for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Country Collaboration with Vocals, and Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.

As of January 2009, Plant and Krauss were in pre-production for a second album, which Krauss said in July 2009 would be "different" [from Raising Sand]. On April 25, 2009, Robert Plant reunited with Justin Adams and Billy Fuller (from the Strange Sensations) and headlined the last night at the WOMAD Abu Dhabi International Music Festival, along with other musicians Juldeh Camara and Martyn Barker.


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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

August xx, 1968 - Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham hold their first rehearsals in Gerrard Street, London
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.
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