August 20: Happy Birthday Robert Plant

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It’s sort of a feeling of power onstage. It’s really the ability to make people smile, or just to turn them one way or another for that duration of time, and for it to have some effect later on. I don’t really think it’s power… it’s the goodness.
~Robert Plant

My vocal style I haven’t tried to copy from anyone. It just developed until it became the girlish whine it is today.
~Robert Plant

Whole Lotta Love – live 1970:

Our report from Robert Plant’s concert in Bergen, Norway in 2014:

The headliner on the second day was of course, Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space shifters. Plant revisited  surprisingly many songs from the Led Zeppelin catalog (and an appreciative audience loved it) plus some new songs and tunes from his post-Zeppelin career. The emphasis was on blues put in a historic context, very modern sounding but also true to it’s roots. He drew the lines from England to Memphis to Africa. This wasn’t a dry history lesson, but a joyful celebration of the blues art form.

Mr. Plant was in a splendid mood, joking and clearly having fun. When he did Whole Lotta Love the audience went wild, he started it as a slow call and response blues before the band kicked in into a full-blown rock’n roll anthem. He then slowed it down again and had a middle act where he incorporated a “Who do you love” segment before finishing the song in Rock heaven. So fresh, but still so true to the original song! This gentleman of Rock delivered way beyond our expectations, the concert was amazing!

 

From Wikipedia:

Birth name Robert Anthony Plant
Born 20 August 1948 (age 68)
West Bromwich, (then Staffordshire, now West Midlands), England
Origin Kidderminster, Worcestershire,
England
Genres Rock, hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock, folk rock, world music, country rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, harmonica, percussion, guitar,bass guitar
Years active 1966–present
Labels Atlantic, Swan Song, Es Paranza,Sanctuary, Mercury, Universal, Rounder
Associated acts Band of Joy, Led Zeppelin, The Honeydrippers, Page and Plant, Strange Sensation, Alison Krauss, The New Yardbirds

Robert Anthony Plant, CBE (born 20 August 1948) is an English singer and songwriter best known as the vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. He has also had a successful solo career. In 2007, Plant released Raising Sand, an album produced by T-Bone Burnett with American bluegrass soprano Alison Krauss, which won the 2009 Grammy Award for Album of the Year at the 51st Grammy Awards.

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With a career spanning more than 40 years, Plant is regarded as one of the most significant singers in the history of rock music, and has influenced contemporaries and later singers such as Freddie Mercury and Axl Rose. In 2006, heavy metal magazine Hit Parader named Plant the “Greatest Metal Vocalist of All Time”. In 2009, Plant was voted “the greatest voice in rock” in a poll conducted by Planet RockIn 2011, a Rolling Stone readers’ pick placed Plant in first place of the magazine’s “Best Lead Singers of All Time”.

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Legacy:

  • In 2006, heavy metal magazine Hit Parader named Plant No. 1 on their list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All-Time, a list which included Rob Halford (2), Steven Tyler (3), Freddie Mercury (6), Geddy Lee (13), and Paul Stanley (18), all of whom were influenced by Plant. 
  • In 2008, Rolling Stone named Plant as number 15 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All-Time. 
  • In 2009, he was voted the “greatest voice in rock” in a poll conducted by Planet Rock. 
  • Plant was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours for his “services to popular music”. 
  • He was included in the Q magazine’s 2009 list of “Artists Of The Century” and was ranked at number 8 in their list of “100 Greatest Singers” in 2007. 
  • In 2009, Plant also won the Outstanding Contribution to Music prize at the Q Awards.
  •  He was placed at no. 3 on SPIN’s list of “The 50 Greatest Rock Frontmen of All Time”.
  • On 20 September 2010 National Public Radio (NPR) named Plant as one of the “50 Great Voices” in the world.

Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters – Black Dog (Live, Glastonbury 2014):

Album of the day: Led Zeppelin – Remastered delux :

– Egil & Hallgeir

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