Happy Birthday to Robert Plant!

We’re back with another edition of your friendly neighborhood tour through rock history. On August 20th, 1948, the incomparable lead vocalist of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, was born. Plant’s Earth-shaking vocals were largely inspired by the faraway sounds of the Delta Blues musicians of Mississippi. In fact his vocals are so distinctive that Jimmy Page refused to play the song “Stairway to Heaven” with any other vocalist. Plant’s voice powered Led Zeppelin to the heights of rock glory. Lately, he’s been hanging out with the band The Sensational Space Shifters, a rock band featuring intensive world music influences. Plant and his band recently finished up their Summer European tour. Happy birthday, Robert!

Here’s what else happened This Week in Rock History:

Born this Week in Rock History

Ginger Baker: August 19, 1939 (Cream, drums)
Ian Gillan: August 19, 1945 (Deep Purple, vocals)
John Deacon: August 19, 1951 (Queen, bass)
“Uncle John” Turner: August 20, 1933 (Johnny Winter, drums)
James Pankow: August 20, 1947 (Chicago, trombone)
Robert Plant: August 20, 1948 (Led Zeppelin, vocals)
Phil Lynott: August 20, 1949 (Thin Lizzy, bass and vocals)
John Hiatt: August 20, 1952 (singer-songwriter and guitarist)
Tom Coster: August 21, 1941 (Santana, keys)
Glenn Hughes: August 21, 1952 (Deep Purple, bass and vocals)
John Lee Hooker: August 22, 1917 (blues vocalist and guitarist)
Donna Godchaux: August 22, 1947 (The Grateful Dead, vocalist)
Keith Moon: August 23, 1946 (The Who, drums)
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup – August 24, 1905 (blues vocalist and guitarist)
Wynonie Harris – August 24, 1915 (blues vocalist)
David Freiberg – August 24, 1938 (Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Airplane, bass, guitar and vocals)
John Cipollina – August 24, 1943 (Quicksilver Messenger Service, guitar)
Gene Simmons – August 25, 1949 (KISS, vocals and bass)

 

Died this Week in Rock History

Robert Moog: August 21, 2005 (inventor of the Moog Synthesizer)
Jack Nitzsche: August 25, 2000 (producer and musician, keyboards)


Music releases and top of the charts

The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” tops the charts: August 19, 1867
Chicago’s Chicago V  hits #1: August 19, 1972
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Cosmo’s Factory hits #1: August 20, 1970
The Rolling Stones release “Angie”: August 20, 1973
The Rolling Stones’ Out of Our Heads hits #1: August 21, 1965
The Beatles’ Revolver goes gold: August 22, 1966
The Beatles’ Help! goes gold: August 23, 1965
The Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” tops the charts: August 23, 1969
Johnny Cash’s Live at San Quentin which is recorded at the prison hits #1: August 23, 1969
Stevie Wonder’s Little Stevie Wonder / The 12 Year Old Genius hits #1: August 24, 1963

 

And here is the good stuff…This week in rock History

    • Crosby Stills and Nash and Joni Mitchell appear on The Dick Cavett show to discuss Woodstock. Joni Mitchell did not attend the festival but did perform her song “Woodstock” on the show. She was actually pretty bummed about the fact that she didn’t play Woodstock after the fact: August 19. 1969
    • On the 56th anniversary of Phil Lynott’s birth, a sort of tribute concert is held for the deceased Thin Lizzy member that included band members Brian Downey, Scott Gorham, Brian Robertson, Eric Bell, and Gary Moore. The last two members split lead guitar duties on “Whiskey in the Jar”: August 20, 2005
    • The Knebworth Festival is held in England with headliners including The Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd: August 21, 1976
    • Cynthia Lennon comes home to find Beatle husband John in bed… with Yoko Ono. Yikes. Divorce papers are filed: August 22, 1968
    • Derek and the Dominos begin recording their album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. “Layla” is pretty much the best song ever. Clapton and Duane Allman’s interlocking guitar solos are just pure ecstasy: August 22, 1970
    • Proto-punk legends The Velvet Underground play their final show at New York venue Max’s Kansas City. Shouldn’t it have been called Max’s New York? August 23, 1970
    • Queen’s Brian May earns his Ph.d in astrophysics from Imperial College in London. I feel accomplished if I can find my shoes in the morning. Brian May, in addition to being a rock star, earned a Ph.d in astrophysics. Respect: August 23, 2007
    • The Who perform a special 20th anniversary charity concert of their rock opera Tommy at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, featuring guests Elton John (as the Pinball
      Wizard), Patti Labelle (as the Acid Queen), Steve Winwood (as the Hawker), Phil Collins (as Uncle Ernie), and Billy Idol (as Cousin Kevin). Kind of an interesting mix of musicians, no? August 24th, 1989
    • Leona Lewis and Jimmy Page perform Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” at the closing ceremony for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing: August 24, 2008
    • John Lennon records the song “Cold Turkey.” The song is likely about John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s withdrawal from heroin addictions. It describes the same feeling I get if I miss my 2:30 p.m. cup of coffee: August 24, 1969
    • The Beach Boys’ founder Brian Wilson returns to performing live with the band after not doing so for two years on account of stage fright: August 25, 1967
    • Singer-songwriter Elton John begins a seventeen-night run at Los Angeles club The Troubadour, his first US club appearance and a move which will catapult him into pop stardom: August 25th, 1970

That’s all for This Week in Rock History. What did you find most interesting? Did we miss anything big? Let us know in the comments below, or leave us a message on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TributApparel or on Twitter at @tributapparel.

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