Robert Plant CBE (full name Robert Anthony Plant) was born 20th August 1948 and is from West Bromwich, England.
For over four decades Robert Plant has been one of the world’s best known singer’s and songwriters, notably being the lead singer in the world famous rock band Led Zeppelin for 12 years, and is one of the original living legends that has influenced the next generation of rock stars such as Freddie Mercury from Queen and Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses). He also created the band Robert Plant and The Band of Joy which was an on and off project for Plant throughout his career.
Robert Plant was discovered by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page when he auditioned him for the band after singer Terry Reid turned him down. Robert Plant and Jimmy Page hit it off straight away after they discovered their shared passion for reworking old Blues songs, and together the duo formed a highly successful musical partnership, with complex and mystical lyrics citing different mythologies and fantastical authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings).
Throughout his career with Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant contributed to some of the band’s most memorable songs of all time including “Stairway to Heaven” which became one of the most famous ballads of all time and incorporated folk, blues and rock.
After Led Zeppelin disbanded in 1980, following the death of John Bonham, Robert Plant debated giving up music but decided to pursue solo projects and focused his attentions on several musical partnerships which saw him work with Jimmy Page and he also created a new folk band called Priory of Brion during the late 1990s.
In 2002, Robert Plant formed a new backing band, Strange Sensation with Jimmy Page and several band members which was highly successful and earned the band two Grammy nominations for their album Dreamland (2003) which contained rock and blues covers. The album contained the popular songs "Morning Dew" (Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose),"One More Cup of Coffee" (Bob Dylan) and "Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts).The album Mighty ReArranger (2005) followed the success of Dreamland and in 2006 Robert Plant then toured with the band extensively across Europe.
Robert Plant further collaborated with more singers in the late 2000s including the Grammy winning blues singer Alison Strauss, where he recorded the duet album Raising Sand (2007) which contained a mixture of folk and country songs from the likes of the Everly Brothers, and other well known artists. The album went on to win Album of The Year at the 51st Grammy Awards.
By July 2010, Robert Plant had formed another band called Band of Joy but the band members were different to the original band line-up from his early years. Band of Joy toured extensively across the US and Europe in 2010 and Robert Plant released his debut album Band of Joy in September 2010 which reached #29 on the European Top 100 Albums.