20 August 1948, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England. Former accounts clerk Plants early career was spent in several Midlands-based R&B bands, including the New Memphis Bluesbreakers and Crawling King Snakes, the latter of which featured drummer and future colleague John Bonham. In 1965, Plant joined John Crutchley, Geoff Thompson and Roger Beamer in Listen, a Motown Records -influenced act, later signed to CBS Records. A cover version of Youd Better Run, originally recorded by the Young Rascals made little headway, and Plant was then groomed for a solo career with two 1967 singles, Our Song/Laughin, Cryin, Laughin and Long Time Coming/Ive Got A Secret. Having returned to Birmingham, the singer formed Band Of Joy in which his growing interest in US west coast music flourished. This promising outfit broke up in 1968 and following a brief association with blues...
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