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Abramelin

Black Country Question

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Hello, all
This is my first post here so i apologise if it has been asked before.
I am very curious about the Black Country and nearby Birmingham, and how it gave birth to various vocalists and musicians.
Could someone please tell me where exactly Robert Plant grew up?
Wikipedia says he was born in West Bromwich but grew up in Halesowen?
Is this correct? He also went to school in nearby Stourbridge I believe
Which place would he consider his hometown? Halesowen or Stourbridge?
Is there any interview where Robert talks about growing up or his hometown?
Is the county Hereford & Worcester or Worcestershire or have the names been changed now?
I have also heard his name associated with Kidderminster (as per below link), hence the confusion
Many questions i know,
Thanks in advance,
Abramelin

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Hello, all
This is my first post here so i apologise if it has been asked before.
I am very curious about the Black Country and nearby Birmingham, and how it gave birth to various vocalists and musicians.
Could someone please tell me where exactly Robert Plant grew up?
Wikipedia says he was born in West Bromwich but grew up in Halesowen?
Is this correct? He also went to school in nearby Stourbridge I believe
Which place would he consider his hometown? Halesowen or Stourbridge?
Is there any interview where Robert talks about growing up or his hometown?
Is the county Hereford & Worcester or Worcestershire or have the names been changed now?
I have also heard his name associated with Kidderminster (as per below link), hence the confusion
Many questions i know,
Thanks in advance,
Abramelin

......and he supports Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.

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I've read he grew up in Kidderminster, but attended secondary school in Stourbridge. I believe both towns are in Worcestershire.

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Hi Abramelin

I'm new here too. I can't help you with the specifics of your question but Robert Plant definitely has a Midlands/Black Country accent when he sings. ie. "Vallhalla I am coming(gg)". Those hard 'g's were slightly comical to me when I was young and stupid. :D

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Robert Plant was born in West Bromwich; his parents resided in a home on Trinity Road in West Bromwich at the time.

Having moved to Halesowen, Robert attended King Edward VI Grammar School for Boys in Stourbridge.

Though others have written his first public performance as a singer was in 1963 at Leicester when he filled in on lead vocals for Andy Long & The Original Jurymen, Robert has said his first public performance was in 1962 at an ice skating rink in Swadlincote when he filled in for a school friend who had become ill the night of the show:

"The singer got ill one night and we played an old ice-skating rink in Swadlicote," he remembered. "I could actually sing and ad-lib bits I'd heard on Dion and the Belmonts tracks in the middle of the song."

Some of his fondest memories as a teen pertain to the Seven Stars Blues Club in Stourbridge, where he often performed on harmonica with the Delta Blues Band. Stourbridge Town Hall also holds a special place in his heart.

In 1963 Robert attended Kidderminster College to study for his A-levels.

There's a recording with Led Zeppelin for the BBC in '69 (as I recall) where he distinctly ad-libs he's got the "West Bromwich blues".

All in all, I think it's fair to say Robert considers the West Midlands his home.

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Yes born in West Bromwich. I suspect he supports Wolverhampton Wanderers or Wolves (who are actually fierce rivals to West Bromwich Albion) because back in the fifties Wolves were the much more successful team winning the league a couple of times...although there could be another reason.

I think his roots are firmly in the West Midlands - Kidderminster (Shropshire) and Stourbridge are both towns not far from his home town. I believe he has a house in Shropshire not far from Kidderminster.

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Wow,

Thanks to everyone who took the trouble to answer. It was a bit confusing where exactly he was brought up. So not too far from Bonzo in Redditch - both from the Black Country.

So, it is safe to say then that Halesowen is where he grew up and spent his formative years? He left West Bromwich at a very young age I imagine.

It's nice to see that he stayed close to his roots in the West Midlands and still has ties there.

Thanks again,

P.S. I actually really like the West Midlands accent, and the very distinct Brummy accent too.

Abramelin.

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Thanks to everyone who took the trouble to answer. It was a bit confusing where exactly he was brought up. So not too far from Bonzo in Redditch - both from the Black Country.

Redditch is in Worcestershire - which is not part of "The Black Country"

P.S. I actually really like the West Midlands accent, and the very distinct Brummy accent too.

Abramelin.

Firstly - you are insane. Secondly, the West Midlands accent is the "Brummy" accent. The Black Country or "yam-yam" accent is something completely different to the Brummy (like 10x worse and less comprehensible) Robert doesn't really have either - or he did - and he "lost" it.

For example, Bonzo is definitely putting on a posh accent for the BBC, if you compare it to the second interview.

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I like both accents, I think they haver character. For some reason they fascinate me more than any other regional accents.You are right though, even if you listen to an interview with Robert early on in Zep it is very hard to detect a heavy accent, maybe just the bring-ing or sing-ing, things like that. Is it not an accent you like, Pagesbow, if I may ask?

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I like both accents, I think they haver character. For some reason they fascinate me more than any other regional accents.You are right though, even if you listen to an interview with Robert early on in Zep it is very hard to detect a heavy accent, maybe just the bring-ing or sing-ing, things like that. Is it not an accent you like, Pagesbow, if I may ask?

You may already be aware, the tall building on the cover of the 4th album is called "Butterfield Court", in Dudley.

It is still standing, and has been upgraded over the years, unlike other (falling down) houses you see in the picture, which have been demolished.

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