Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin recently discussed his early musical tastes and how his interest in Chicago, Mississippi, and Delta blues led him to the music scene in a radio interview.
From 1968 through 1980, when Led Zeppelin disbanded as a result of the death of their drummer John Bonham, Plant served as the group’s vocalist. Led Zeppelin was the pioneer of hard rock and heavy metal and enjoyed great popularity and impact during its tenure. Robert Plant’s commanding voice and commanding stage presence added to their influence. He was soon compared to Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison, and Freddie Mercury as an idol.
He, too, was influenced by other musicians before creating his own vocal style, like many other well-known singers. Mick Jagger was one of them, and in a recent interview, he discussed some of his favorite tunes. He then went on to discuss his thoughts about the guitarists who helped shape the guitar and revealed something else.
He said that Jimmy Page, the guitarist for Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton were the three artists whose contributions to the development of the guitar throughout the middle and late 1960s lasted for a very long period. He like Jeff Beck’s rendition of Howlin’ Wolf’s song “I Ain’t Superstitious.” He contributed to the song’s inclusion in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest guitar songs ever.
Plant said, “Many of us were kind of on a mod circuit which we would be traveling around playing in these various clubs in Watford, Brighton, all over the country. It was what you’d loosely call sub pop, and Rod had been in a band called Steampacket with Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger, and Long John Baldry.
At this stage in the proceedings, Jeff Beck, who is along with Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, part of these three guys that shaped the guitar from the mid to late 60s for a long time. Rod Stewart was at the front of this little celebration. Yet again, it’s another song that came out of Chicago, it’s a Howlin’ Wolf song called ‘I Ain’t Superstitious.’
Between Rod and Jeff, they really killed it. When Led Zeppelin first went to America, they were playing, and they were just out of this world, they were really amazing.”
Be sure to watch the interview down below.