Robert Plant Biography
Robert Anthony Plant was born on August 20, 1948 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire
ENGLAND, but grew up in Kidderminster. Around the age of 16 he started
testing his skills in a band called The Crawling King Snakes. A collaboration
with Band Of Joy followed, a group in which John Bonham played the drums.
Plant was invited by Jimmy Page to join Led
Zeppelin in 1968 with John Paul Jones, the singer than recomended
Bonham to be their drummer and they promptly became the biggest Rock band
in the world.
Things took a turn for the worse in 1977 when Plant's only son, Karac, died of a stomach infection; his death inspired the magnificent "All My Love".
Tragedy struck again, three years later, when Bonham died on September 25, 1980, after a night of heavy drinking. On December 4, that same year, Led Zeppelin announced their breakup.
Robert Plant launched his solo career with the release of his debut album, "Pictures At Eleven", in the summer of 1982, the record rose to #2 in Great Britain and to #5 on the U.S. Top 200 LPs & Tapes chart spawning no less than four Mainstream Rock singles including the #3 "Burning Down One Side", the #10 "Worse Than Detroit", the #11 "Pledge Pin" and one more top 20 hit in "Slow Dancer".
One year later arrived a second album, "The Principle Of Moments", which cracked the top 10 on both U.S. and U.K. charts, it also generated a string of successful single cuts such as "Big Log" which hit the top 10 in Britain, the top 20 in U.S. and the #6 position on The Mainstream Rock chart. "Other Arms" soared to #1 on The Mainstream Rock chart, "In The Mood" and "Far Post" reached the #4 and #12 slots, respectively, on the same chart; he followed up with his first international solo tour.
Plant and Jimmy Page got back together in 1984 and recorded under the monicker The Honeydrippers the 5-cover-track mini-album, "Volume 1", which was released that fall; the disc smashed into the top 5 of the U.S. Pop Albums chart.
The singer returned a year later with his third solo effort, the synth-Rock styled "Shaken 'N' Stirred", this album broke into top 20 of both the Official U.S. and U.K. charts thanks to the keen finesse of "Little By Little" which cracked the top 40 of The Billboard Hot 100 and rose to #1 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks; "Sixes And Sevens" also became a Mainstream Rock top 20 hit.
Robert Plant joined Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones at Live Aid on July 13, 1985 singing a few Zeppelin classics like "Rock And Roll", "Whole Lotta Love" and "Stairway To Heaven"; Plant then disbanded the original line-up of his back-up band.
After nearly a three years break, in February 1988, Plant returned with "Now And Zen" which restored his solo career as the record soared to #6 on The Billboard Top 200 and debuted at #10 on the British Albums chart; in U.S. five singles stormed the top 40 of The Mainstream Rock chart: "Dance On My Own" reached the #10 spot, "Ship Of Fools" hit #3, both "Heaven Knows" and "Tall Cool One" climbed two places higher to #1; the latter of which reached the #25 position on The Billboard Hot 100, on this song Jimmy Page played all the guitar parts.
"Manic Nirvana" arrived in the spring of 1990 debuting in the top 20 in U.K. and even U.S. spawning the Active Rock chart-topping "Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes On You)" plus two more top 10 hits, "Tie Dye On The Highway" and "Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night".
Another three years passed before Plant returned with a new album; "Fate Of Nations" became a huge hit especially in Great Britain where the 11-song set peaked at #6 on the strength of the lead single "29 Palms", which hit #21 on the Official U.K. Top 40 Singles chart; in the States the album entered The Billboard 200 at #34 and yielded three Mainstream Rock top 10 hits: the #3 "Calling To You", the #4 "29 Palms" and the bittersweet "I Believe", dedicated to his son Karac.
In 1994 Plant reunited with Jimmy Page and worked on the televised "No Quarter" project. After over three and a half years the pair released "Walking Into Clarksdale" which included "Most High", the song won them a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Plant released his first solo album since "Fate Of Nations" in July 2002; the disc, titled "Dreamland", climbed into the top 20 in the U.K. and into the top 40 in the U.S. with only one Active Rock top 30 single, "Darkness, Darkness".
The following year, he released the double-disc compilation, "Sixty Six To Timbuktu", which reached #134 on The Billboard Top 200 chart.
"Mighty Rearranger", which featured Plant's ensemble, Strange Sensation, hit the top 5 in U.K. and reached the #22 position on The American Billboard 200 chart upon its May 2005 release; it included the Mainstream Rock top 20 hit "Shine It All Around".
In October 2007 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss unleashed a collaborative album called "Raising Sand" on Rounder Records. The LP, produced by T Bone Burnett and recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles, peaked at #2 in both the U.K. and U.S. producing three acclaimed singles: "Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)" won a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration in early 2008, "Rich Woman" gave them the same trophy a year later and "Please Read The Letter" won Record Of The Year; the album itself earned two Grammys for Album Of The Year and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album. Finally, the song "Killing The Blues" was honored with a Grammy award in the Best Country Collaboration category.
Robert Plant took an eclectic dive into Americana roots music on "Band Of Joy", his next album which was recorded in Nashville with an all-star group of musicians and was released in September 2010, on Rounder Records. The record finds the legendary artist putting his unique stamp on a wide variety of source material, including versions of Los Lobos's "Angel Dance". "Band Of Joy" debuted at #7 on the Top Canadian Albums listing, at #5 on The Billboard 200 and at #3 on the British chart.