Outsiders, we’re going to take a few minutes and honor rock music legend Robert Plant, who turned 73 years old on Friday.
Plant, whose voice and frontman performances for Led Zeppelin are staples in the classic rock archives, was born in Staffordshire, England, on Aug. 20, 1948. According to a bio from Grunge, Robert Plant left home at 17 years old.
He would join Led Zeppelin in 1968 after guitarist Jimmy Page listened to Robert Plant sing. That singular choice would link both men together forever despite their on-again, off-again personal friendship. No one who has heard songs like “Black Dog,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” “Kashmir,” and, of course, “Stairway to Heaven” knows the vocal range of Robert Plant.
Interestingly, Consequence Sound put out their list of top 10 songs from Plant’s days with Led Zeppelin.
Outsiders have their own favorites from Led Zeppelin. We’re going to offer a couple of selections from Plant’s career for your ears to hear.
Robert Plant Secured His Spot Among Rock Music’s Immortals
Before we get there, rock bands who have talented, magical frontmen have left iconic marks within their fans. It’s not surprising that some people consider Robert Plant as rock music’s greatest frontman. Others would point toward Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, Freddie Mercury of Queen, or Roger Daltrey of The Who for consideration.
Robert Plant is a singular talent who not only made his name with Led Zeppelin. After the Zep days were done, he also branched out into being a lead singer for The Honeydrippers.
“Rock and Roll” offers Plant fans a solid option to hear and see him in front of a packed arena. In this video, Led Zeppelin is captured during a 1973 sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“Stairway to Heaven” is one of rock music’s endearing songs. Mixing Plant’s vocals along with Page’s guitar work gives this 10-plus-minute live version something for Led Zeppelin fans to enjoy.
Off of the album “The Song Remains the Same,” here’s Led Zeppelin performing one of their classic songs.
Finally, “Immigrant Song” also captures Robert Plant at his vocal best. This performance comes from 1972 and reflects where he and Led Zeppelin were in their historic careers.
You also can see how they arrived at concerts back in the day, too. Enjoy this look back at one of the band’s signature tunes.
Obviously, there is a lot more to the life and career of Robert Plant. But Led Zeppelin put Plant front and center, literally, for the world to hear.
So, Outsider wishes a very happy birthday to Robert Plant and thanks to him for the music over the years.