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  1. Another entry... The Origin of the Species, page 189 "Alexis Korner poked his head into the bandroom [at the Speakeasy] afterwards. He and Robert began talking blues, partly because they both remembered Plant as a Crawling King Snake once volunteering, nay, insisting, on blowing harmonica druing Korner's second set at Kidderminster's Cannon Hill Arts Centre a while back. Had Robert ever enjoyed a more interesting conversation? The feeling seemed to be reciprocal, and it wasn't long before Plant and Korner started working together, on and off, as a duo of the same kidney as those with who
  2. Interesting follow up... in The Origin of the Species book by Adam Clayson, he states on page 73 that John Paul Jones used to play organ for Herbie Goin's and the Night Timers, to let off steam after his studio sessions. I wonder...
  3. An account of Alexis Korner jamming with Robert at the Midland Arts Centre: Motor city music - Birmingham-style Birmingham Post, 9 March 2000 "[Chris] Phipps has ramped up a 35-year ­career in the music industry. Based in the United Kingdom, he has worked in the United States, Japan, Africa, Israel, Holland and throughout Europe. His passion and enthusiasm for music remains as ebullient as it was in the mid-1970’s when, as a college disc jockey, he began promoting local bands. He has worked with the best, from Bob Marley to Sting, the Pet Shop Boys and Dire Straits and as a tele
  4. Doing an archive search, I've uncovered another Robert Plant & The Band of Joy gig, much later than their last mid-March 1968 gig in Birmingham. In Melody Maker, the gig is advertised for Saturday 30 March 1968: "Ewell Technical College Students Union presents Herbie Goin's and the Night Timers plus Robert Plant and the Band of Joy. Reigate Road, Ewell, Surrey." Like the other reported art college gig, this could be Obs-Tweedle performing under the name Band of Joy, given Obs-Tweedle had already performed a few gigs by then. Also there is an interview with Alexis Korner in Beat In
  5. First Anthology for Deep Blues Author Robert Palmer published. Palmer wrote the liner notes for the Led Zeppelin Box Set: http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/11/20/first-anthology-for-deep-blues-author-robert-palmer/ Meg
  6. Also given Plant's previous comments of having actually stayed in London with Korner, it does seem rather an odd thing for Plant to say to Rodgers that he didn't know what London was like. Maybe Rodgers memory is playing up? Or was it just throw away small talk by Plant? Meg
  7. From When Giants Walked the Earth, page 27: "Paul Rodgers, then fronting Free, recalls seeing Plant perform in the summer of 1968. 'It was just before he joined Zeppelin,' he says. 'Free played up in Birmingham with Alexis Korner at the Railway Tavern, a blues club and Robert got up to jam with Alexis and he was the Robert Plant that we know and love today – full-on hair and tight jeans and everything, doing that "Hey babe!" [imitates Plant's trademark vocal]. Full on everything, you know? He was giving it large with Alexis who was playing an acoustic guitar, and people didn't quite get it
  8. From Q magazine interview, May 1990: "Robert became a regular at The Diskery in Birmingham, delving deep into the seam that ran from the Delta to Chicago. "I got a series of French RCA EPs with Jazz Gillum, the original Sonny Boy Williamson with sleevenotes by Alexis Korner. I worked with Alexis Korner just pre-Zep. I used to sleep at his place in Queensway [Westminster, London]. Goodnight, Robert, he'd say; you'll have to sleep on the couch tonight — oh, by the way, it is the same couch that Muddy used to sleep on when he stayed here. And I don't know if we’ve changed the toilet bowl since
  9. From Rolling Stone magazine interview, 8 July 1971: "... “We kept the trio going out of the band. Danny Thompson and Terry Cox and myself used to play a lot of gigs up and down the country.” It was around this time that Korner, using his broadcasting experience, started to sing as well as play guitar. He cut his first singing album, New Generation of Blues in 1968. The band once more became a cult and musicians would arrive at gigs for occasional sessions. One was a Birmingham singer, Robert Plant. He toured with Korner around the club and university circuit before being picked up by Jim
  10. Alexis Korner was recording in March-April 1968, at Sound Techniques Studios, in London. It could be possible Plant recorded uncredited with Korner during the sessions there. I have to follow this up by looking into further database searches. Prior to the 1970s, Korner's gig career is poorly documented in many of the publications I've come across.
  11. As I mentioned off-list. I am of the belief that The Answer had folded in 1967 and what BB has said is based on memory, which sadly cannot be trusted. If a search reveals the lack of any Answer gigs January-March 1968, this is probably the case. BB never kept a diary or receipts.
  12. Whole lotta love brings Deborah into the light... An interview with Deborah Bonham: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=264775 Meg
  13. The 1980s poll has closed with the results here: http://msg.com/photos/100-best-madison-square-garden-shows-the-1980s/slide/9/ The lowest percentage vote to stay in the race was 0.21%. Just before it was locked, Van Halen was on 0.00%, Billy Idol on 0.00%, Bruce Springsteen on 0.01%, and Pink Floyd on 0.02%. That's pretty low support for established classic rock artists, even with the use of auto-voting scripts by other fans.
  14. 'Please Read the Letter', recorded by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, has been listed on NPR's All Songs Considered's list of the 50 most important recordings of the decade: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120408547 Meg
  15. ARIA accreditations have been updated for Led Zeppelin IV and Physical Graffiti: http://www.aria.com.au/pages/httpwww.aria.com.aupagesARIACharts-Accreditations-2009Albums.htm Meg
  16. Yes, that would be most obvious if the band were named there by Bill's dad.
  17. Which is why gig ads around February-March 1968 would be helpful
  18. Bill somewhat contradicted his story above by telling me Robert did not go to Hamburg with the band, as he had not joined at that stage. One possibility is that Robert decided to join Obs-Tweedle after the Band of Joy folded in February 1968, but had been previously booked to record with Alexis Korner, in March 1968, and thus didn't "officially" join until after they returned from Hamburg.
  19. Dave Grohl on his Led Zeppelin tattoos: http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/11/16/dave-grohl-reveals-tales-behind-his-trio-of-led-zeppelin-tattoos/ Meg
  20. X Factor would have applied for a blanket license with the song's publisher Flames of Albion Music, administered by Warner Music, for permission to use the song. However, as composers, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Bonham's estate, owns the right the song, and have the final say to object to the song's use if they wish to do so.
  21. Authors Charles R. Cross and Mick Wall on 'Stairway to Heaven': http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/music/their_way_to_heaven_fbYJkURy5YVHiBWACLL9vK Meg
  22. Vale Walsall promoter and booking agent Maurice Jones (1945-2009): http://www.sundaymercury.net/news/midlands-news/2009/11/15/meet-the-hidden-face-behind-live-aid-spectacular-66331-25167732/ Meg
  23. Lottery winning Led Zeppelin fans hope to purchase Robert Plant's old estate, The Argoed, in Penallt, Monmouth, south Wales: http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/news/598492/Stairway-to-Heaven-Euromillions-winners-Les-and-Samantha-Scaddings-shopping-list.html Real estate listing: http://search.knightfrank.com/hfd080105 Meg
  24. I would say that's a fair assessment Scott. I believe Robert's time in Obs-Tweedle was not as long as previously thought. If we can pinpoint his recording time with Alexis in London, that would make things easier. I suspect it would have been around March/April.
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