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Robert Plant on the occasion of his 67th birthday:

From his initial forays in the Midlands scene in the mid 60’s leading to his first record being released in 1966, through to his vital contribution to Led Zeppelin and on to an always compelling solo career, Robert Plant has occupied a unique position at the forefront of  the music world for over five decades…

In the past 12 months touring and recording working with the Sensational Space Shifters line up, Robert Plant has continued to expand his quench for musical thirst. The prowess of this unit has been more than evident for the many fans who have encountered the band during their US and European travels including the recent UK Forest Live gigs.

Happy Birthday Robert from all of us to you…

So here are 67 vivid examples of his vocal supremacy accompanied by memorable key lyrics and relevant comments:

From 48 to 2015 – he remains the definitive rock vocalist – make sure you play some of these and your own Plant faves this weekend in celebration:

Our Song,  (‘’It made us fall in looooove’’)

Laughing Crying Laughing  (‘’Jack loves Jill she don’t care’’)

For What it’s Worth  (Something’s happening here..’’)

Good Times Bad Times  (‘’I know what it means to be alooone’’)

Babe Im Gonna Leave You (‘’I ain’t jokin’ woman you gotta ramble’’)

Whole Lotta Love  (‘’Shake for me girl!’’)

What Is And What Should Never Be   (‘’And if I say to you tomorrow’’ – that gorgeous  opening line…)

Thank You  (‘’And so today my world it smiles’’)

Ramble On  (‘’Gotta find the queen of all my dreams’’)

Immigrant Song (-‘’Ahhhhhh…Ahhh!!)

Since I’ve Been Loving You  (‘’Said I been crying..’’)

That’s The Way  (‘’And so I say to you that nothing really matters…’’)

Black Dog  (‘’I gotta roll can’t stand still’’)

Battle of Evermore  (‘’Bring it back..’’)

The Song Remains The Same  (‘’I had a dream’’)

The Rain Song  (‘’Upon us all..’’)

Over the Hills And Far Away (Live anytime in 1975 –  ‘’Acapulco gold!’’)

In My Time of Dying (‘’Doncha make it my dying…dying…’’)

Kashmir   (’ Trying to find, trying to find where I’ve beeeeeeen’’.)

In The Light   (‘’Eveybody needs the light’’)

Down By The Seaside (‘’ Do you still do the twist’’)

Ten Years Gone (‘’Holding on…’’ pure emotion)

Night Flight  (‘’ I received a message  – that opening line is vocal bliss)

Tangerine ( Earl’s Court May 24 1975 – ”To think of us again….”)

Going To California (Earls Court official DVD version ‘’Oh she sings’’)

Dazed And Confused (Earls Court May 24 1975 ‘’We’ve got to get ourselves…back to the garden’’)

Stairway To Heaven (Earls Court May 24 1975 ‘’That’s all we got’’)

Achilles Last Stand  (‘’the devils in his ho-o- o-o -le’’)

For Your Life  (‘’When you blow it, babe, you got to blow it right’’)

In The Evening  (Knebworth August 4 1979 – ‘’It’s gotta stop it’s gotta stop!’’)

All My Love (Outtake with full ending –  ‘’Sometimes…sometimes…sometimes oh oh ’’)

I’m Gonna Crawl  (‘’She give me good lovin’’ and that final scream…)

Moonlight In Samosa (‘’Time and again I see you walking down the street’’)

Slow Dancer (‘’To the heights… to the heights’’ – the point he knew he could do it all again)

Far Post   (‘’Sure as winter follows fall, sure as maybe I will call’’)

Pledge Pin  (Live in Dallas 83  ‘’As the cavalcade begins to thin, do you stop and look around’’)

Big Log (Live Dallas 1983 ‘’Oh my love oh my love oh my love…is in league with the freeway’’)

Sea of Love  (‘’Come with me’’)

Sixes And Sevens  (‘’Am I at six ,am I at six, am Ieeeee!’’)

Ship of Fools  (‘’Crazy crazy fool’’ – absolutely stunning vocal)

Tie Dye On The Highway  (‘‘With the messengers of peace and the company of love’’)

Anniversary (‘’What is this land that I have found’’)

Calling To You (‘’Oh  Jiimmmy!’’)

Come Into My Life  (‘’ Oh when you get there, well you know ‘’-  another of his very best…)

The Greatest Gift (‘’ Everything I do, yes I do for my love’’  Peerless delivery)

In The Mood (Live at Paradiso club Amsterdam 93 –stunning medley)

Wonderful One  (MTV Unledded – ‘’The queen of love has flown again’’)

That’s The Way  (MTV Unledded ’’I can’t believe what people saying’’)

Blue Train  (I been waiting on a corner’’-  the best recorded moment of the Page and Plant  re-alliance)

Little Hands  (‘’Come let us meet them’’ – birth of a new style)

Life Begins Again  (‘’This is the day and the hour’’ – at his most exotic)

Flames  (Brilliant Priory Of Brion psych fest )

If I Ever Get Lucky  (‘’Win my train fare home’’ Live in the desert)

Skips Song   (‘’If you’d seen the naked dream I had of you… would you care’’-  another vocal masterclass)

Dirt In The Hole  (‘’Pretty flowers in sweet array, picked to die and fade away’’  Brilliant)

Seven And Seven Is  ( ’When I was a boy I thought about the times I’d be a man’’  Live anywhere – a magnificent SS tribute to Love and the late Arthur)

Tin Pan Valley  (‘’Like this!’’)

Freedom Fries (‘’They were moving fast –they were raising sand’’)

Stick With Me Baby (‘’Everybody’s been talkin’ ‘’ – in perfect harmony with Alison)

Kashmir ( Live at the 02 Arena – the whole event  could never have worked so well without such total vocal commitment )

Angel Dance (‘’Yeah yeah yeah – Dance!’’ –Ushering in another new dawn)

Monkey ( ‘’Tonight you will be mine…’’ Masterful Band Of Joy performance)

Embrace Another Fall (”You walked into my life, Awoke my spirit soul, You saved me from my deep….”)

Turn It Up (‘I’m lost inside America, I’m turning inside out, I’m turning into someone else”)

A Stolen Kiss (”I am drawn to the western shore, Where the light moves bright upon the tide, To the lullaby and the ceaseless roar, And the songs that never die”)

Somebody There (”The road calls to my heart, Your love will warm my blood, The sun will shine down evermore”)

The Rain Song (Live 2015 – ”Upon us all just a little rain” – return to a classic…..)

For him… it’s still about the next gig, the next musical high, the next vocal performance sung into that Shure microphone.

Robert Plant is a musician who has made his vision real…and he continues to keep it real. Long may he shine it all around…

Happy Birthday Robert from all of us to you…

Dave Lewis /Gary Foy – August 20 2015.


Hats Off To Led Zeppelin at The Stables  Milton Keynes:  

The excellent Zep tribute band Hats Off To Led Zeppelin are performing at The Stables venue Milton Keynes this Saturday August 22nd – always a great night out.

Details here:


DL Diary Update:

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Got back in the early hours from our weeks holiday in Santa Eulalia Ibiza where we stayed last year.  We had a fantastic time, despite the rain that seemed to follow us around -”Upon us all just a little rain must fall ” as the birthday boy put it…and boy did we get one or two monsoon like thunder storms – it did not dampen the good lady Janet and I  having a fun filled break – a fair few Sangria’s and San Miquel’s were consumed and we took in plenty of live music at the various bars  – in fact we clocked up two versions apiece by differing rock/pop covers bands of Whiskey In The Jar, Smoke On The Water, Hotel California, Where The Streets Have No Name and Walk On The Wild Side! I did discover some vinyl in one of the gift shops, alas it was not a rare Led Zep pressing but an Ibiza dance music 12 inch single!

Best act we saw was singer/guitarist Richard Sharp who we had caught last year – his enthusiastic set included excellent versions of ELO’s Mr Blue Sky and Telephone Line, Bob Seeger’s’ We Got Tonight, The Eagles Desperado, The Travelling Wilbury’s Handle With Care and Tom Petty’s I Won’t back Down. Top stuff.

It was back to a rainy Luton Airport around 2am this morning and now it’s back to reality with TBL matters to catch up on and orders to fulfil – and a whole autumn of TBL activity to get underway in the coming weeks.  Pleasingly Janet’s Mum Bet is now out of hospital and back home and not too bad. Not sure if I can make the Hats Off gig on Saturday as a lot to catch up here -I am sure it will be a great night.

I am right back into the Zep scheme of things with the Proud Chelsea Gallery Led Zeppelin From The Beginning Photo Exhibition launch to attend tonight. More on that on the TBL Facebook pages to follow.

Finally there’s one other birthday to mention –

Happy Birthday to Carol Foy for Sunday…enjoy Venice with Gary!

Dave Lewis, August 20, 2015.


YouTube Clips:

Happy Birthday Robert…
Communication 1969

Stairway 1973

Going To California 1975

Worse Than Detroit 1982

Ship Of Fools 1988

Gallows Pole 1998

Seven and Seven Is 2007

Kashmir 2007

We Bid You Goodnight 2010

The Rain Song 2015


Until next time…

Have a great  weekend –

Keep listening, keep reading…

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy –  August 20, 2015. 

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  • Stephen said:

    It would be interesting to hear Plant add some vocals to Pod Pod carrot and Yorkshire pudding thing. It’s a nice track. Especially the build up at the end with the guitar figure. I wonder if Plantr actually did a guide vocal or anything in Munich at the time? Dave, oh font of all Zep knowledge?

  • Michael said:

    Well done Dave as usual! I was glad to see Bid you Goodnight included in the clips. One of my favorite performances was the Robert and Band of Joy with the Oriana Choir singing Twelve Gates/Bid You Goodnight … classic

  • Mark Williams said:

    Thanks Dave. ‘ Worse than Detroit ‘ there superb with Phil ( Hawaiiian shirt period – a la Jimmy ) together with ‘ Bell-boy ‘ Townsend.

    Hoping to get some of that early solo era stuff at the Hammerstein Ballroom gig next month. Pemblwydd hapus to Robert too on thie occasion of his birthday.

  • Jez said:

    Good stuff indeed Dave. See you at the Stables.

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