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Robert Anthony Plant was born on 20 August 1948, in the Black Country town of West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England, to Robert C. Plant, a qualified civil engineer who worked in the Royal Air Force during World War II,[6] and Annie Celia Plant (née Cain),[7] a Romanichal woman.[8][better source needed] He grew up in Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Plant gained an interest in singing and rock and roll music at an early age.   When I was a kid I used to hide behind the curtains at home at Christmas and I used to try and be Elvis. There was a certain ambience between the curtains and the French windows, there was a certain sound there for a ten-year-old. That was all the ambience I got at ten years old... I think! And I always wanted to be a curtain, a bit similar to that.[9]  He left King Edward VI Grammar School for Boys in Stourbridge in his mid-teens and developed a strong passion for the blues, mainly through his admiration for Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson and early rendition of songs in this genre.   I suppose I was quite interested in my stamp collection and Romano-British history. I was a little grammar school boy and I could hear this kind of calling through the airwaves.[10]  He abandoned training as a chartered accountant after only two weeks to attend college in an effort to gain more GCE passes and to become part of the English Midlands blues scene.[11][12] "I left home at 16", he said, "and I started my real education musically, moving from group to group, furthering my knowledge of the blues and of other music which had weight and was worth listening to".[13]  Plant's early blues influences included Johnson, Bukka White, Skip James, Jerry Miller, and Sleepy John Estes. Plant had various jobs while pursuing his music career, one of which was working for the major British construction company Wimpey in Birmingham in 1967 laying tarmac on roads. He also worked at Woolworth's in Halesowen town for a short period of time. He cut three obscure singles on CBS Records[14] and sang with a variety of bands, including the Crawling King Snakes, which brought him into contact with drummer John Bonham. They both went on to play in the Band of Joy, merging blues with newer psychedelic trends.  Led Zeppelin (1968–1980)[edit]  Early years[edit]       [hide]This section has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove these template messages)    [icon]   This section needs expansion with: information on the years between their 1968 founding, and their 7th album in 1975 (that is, complete the section, to uniform coverage). You can help by adding to it. (June 2016)        This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification.  (June 2016)       In 1968, guitarist Jimmy Page was in search of a lead singer for his new band and met Plant after being turned down by his first choice, Terry Reid, who referred him to a show at a teacher training college in Birmingham (where Plant was singing in a band named Obs-Tweedle).[15] In front of Page, Plant sang Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love", leading Page to the end of his search.[15] As recalled by Plant and Page:   Plant: I was appearing at this college when Peter and Jimmy turned up and asked me if I'd like to join the Yardbirds. I knew the Yardbirds had done a lot of work in America – which to me meant audiences who would want to know what I might have to offer – so naturally I was very interested.[16]  Page: When I auditioned him and heard him sing, I immediately thought there must be something wrong with him personality-wise or that he had to be impossible to work with, because I just could not understand why, after he told me he'd been singing for a few years already, he hadn't become a big name yet. So I had him down to my place for a little while, just to sort of check him out, and we got along great. No problems.[17][full citation needed]        Derivative of Plant's feather sigil used in the Led Zeppelin IV album. With a shared passion for music, Plant and Page immediately developed a strong relationship, and began their writing collaboration with reworkings of earlier blues songs. Plant received no songwriting credits on the band's first album, allegedly because he was still under contract to CBS Records at the time.[citation needed] Plant brought along John Bonham as drummer, and they were joined by John Paul Jones, who had previously worked with Page as a studio musician.[citation needed] Jones called Page on the phone before they checked out Plant, and Page hired Jones immediately.[citation needed]        Plant with Led Zeppelin, 1973 Initially dubbed the "New Yardbirds" in 1968, the band soon came to be known as Led Zeppelin. The band's eponymous debut album hit the charts in 1969 and is widely credited as a catalyst for the heavy metal genre. Plant has commented that it is unfair for people to think of Zeppelin as heavy metal, as almost a third of their music was acoustic.[18][full citation needed]  In 1969, Led Zeppelin I was released. This was the bands' first album. Robert plant stated that "During Led Zeppelin I, as far as I was concerned I thought that I was going to [leave the band] anyway.... I was quite nervous and didn't get into enjoying it until II."[19] Released only a few months later was the band's second album, Led Zeppelin II, which many referred to as a piece together album. The group worked on this album while on the road so many of the songs were recorded at separate times rather than in one sitting.[19] This album sparked much controversy due to the fact some songs on the album, "The Lemon Song" and "Whole Lotta Love" showed similarities from previously written songs by other artists. This created legal trouble for the band over whether or not they plagiarized these songs.[19] During Led Zeppelin III, which was released in 1970, Page and Plant's relationship began to grow stronger. The two got to know each other on a more personal level through writing the songs on this album, forming a close connection.[19] The songs for this album were mostly created in a Welsh cottage, the Welsh culture was reflected in many of the songs on this album.[20] This album sold one of the lowest numbers of copies out of all the band's albums. This was surprising to the band, but many critics argued that the songs on the album were too soft, too aggressive, or for "druggies".[19] Led Zeppelin IV, released in 1971, was similar to Led Zeppelin III in the mythic storytelling sense. This album included one of the bands most well-known songs and greatest hit, Stairway to Heaven.[21] Led Zeppelin IV was a huge hit and sold 37 million copies throughout the world, making it the bands best selling album. Led Zeppelin belonged to Atlantic Records and contributed to one-fourth of the profits for that record company.[19] The band also created their own record label, Swan Song in 1974-1975.[20]  In 1975, Plant and his wife Maureen (now divorced) were seriously injured in a car crash in Rhodes, Greece.[22] This significantly affected the production of Led Zeppelin's seventh album Presence for a few months while he recovered, and forced the band to cancel the remaining tour dates for the year.  In July 1977, his son Karac died at the age of five while Plant was engaged on Led Zeppelin's concert tour of the United States. It was a devastating loss for the family. Plant retreated to his home in the Midlands and for months afterwards he questioned his future.[23] Karac's death later inspired him to write several songs in tribute: "All My Love" featured on Led Zeppelin's final studio album, 1979's In Through the Out Door and "Blue Train" featured on Page and Plant's second and final (studio) album, 1998's Walking into Clarksdale.[citation needed] The song "I Believe" on Plant's solo album Fate of Nations is another tribute to his late son!!


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