The English songwriter and rock singer Robert Plant was born in West Bromwich, Birmingham on August 20, 1948. He is best known as being the lyricist and vocalist of Led Zeppelin. Plant has also been successful as a solo artist. Plant’s career spans over 40 years. He is considered to be one of the greatest singers ever in rock music history. He was named Greatest Metal Vocalist of All-Time in 2006 by Hit Parader magazine.
In 1968, Plant joined Led Zeppelin as lead singer. The Led Zeppelin lyrics of Plant’s were often spiritual, philosophical and mystical and referred to Norse and classical mythology events. J.R.R. Tolkien also influenced Plant’s songwriting. Throughout the 1970’s Plant enjoyed much success as the front man of Led Zeppelin.
After Led Zeppelin broke up in 1980, Plant went on to pursue a very successful solo career. In 1982 he released Pictures at Eleven and in 1983 The Principle of Moments. In 1984 Plant, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page formed an all-star short lived group called The Honeydrippers. From 1994 to 1998 Page and Plant performed together and in 1994 released the album Unledded and in 1998 released Walking into Clarksdale.
From 2001 through 2007, Robert Plant toured Europe and the US with his band The Strange Sensation. They released Dreamland in 2002 and Mighty ReArranger in 2005. In November 2006, Nine Lives, a box set containing Plant’s solo work, was released. He performed and recorded with Alison Krauss from 2007-2008. Raising Sand, their duet album was released in 2007 and won a total of six Grammys, including Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and Album of the Year.