Robert Plant - A year later Led Zeppelin would beckon.

<strong>Robert Plant - A year later Led Zeppelin would beckon.</strong>

Robert Plant -Laughin, Cryin, Laughin – 1967 – CBS Records UK –

Sometimes an artist going the solo route just can’t seem to get arrested until they become part of a group. In the case of Robert Plant, he recorded a string of unsuccessful singles for CBS Records in London before joining forces with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham.

In the case of tonight’s track, Laughin’, Cryin’, Laughin’, Plant seems to suffer from the problems of over-production – that unmistakable Robert Plant voice buried under a sea of horns and percussion and backup vocals.

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[19] 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.

But it’s still Robert Plant and in less than a year he found himself at the helm of what would become one of the most famous Rock Banks of the 20th Century.

Here he is – adding a touch of Blue-eyed Soul to the proceedings in 1967.


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