Born: Robert Anthony Plant
Date Of Birth: August 20, 1948
Place Of Birth: W. Bromwich, Staffordshire U.K.
Before Led Zeppelin-
The Crawling King Snakes
The Band Of Joy (I, II, III)
In Led Zeppelin-
After Led Zeppelin-
Joined Page in the Honeydrippers
Joined Page again to form Page/Plant
Page/Plant albums-No Quarter (1994), Walking Into Clarksdale (1998)
Solo Albums-Pictures Of Eleven (1982), Principal Of Moments (1983), Shaken And Stirred (1985), Now And Zen (1988), Manic Nirvana (1990)
As did Jimmy Page, Plant also designed his own symbol which is based on a sign of the ancient Mu civilization.
Robert Anthony Plant was born on August 20, 1948 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire 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. 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, which gigging around the Midlands with a band named Hobbstweedle. One day in late August 1968, Jimmy Page and Peter Grant came to see Robert perform at a teachers training college outside of Birmingham. Robert married Maureen Wilson on November 9, 1968, whom he'd known for the two previous years. They had a total of three children together, a daughter Carmen Jane who was born on November 21, 1968, and two sons Karac, who died in July 1977 of a stomach infection and Logan Romero, who was born on January 21, 1979.
"The decision was the only thing I've ever looked at in my life with a long-term viewpoint. You've just got to have a go at what you really want to do first. I decided that if I didn't get anywhere by the time I was 20, I would pack it in. Of course it didn't really matter what happened because I wouldn't have packed it in anyway. You can't give up something you really believe in for financial reasons.
Fortunately my parents saw it too, but only after I'd proved it. Not before. I'm a little sorry about that, actually. They just could not relate to it at all, not even on a musical level. I just wasn't toeing any normal line."
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. 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.
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